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Update on Candy - Deep Sulcus Thrush
I've been treating Candy for thrush for 60 days now. She has contracted heels, long toes and underrun heels.
I have been using a product called No Thrush daily for 60 days. It is a dry powder treatment and although it was initially great, her hooves have appeared to stop improving.
I am still using No Thrush, but have started with Apple Cider Vinegar soaks and have also tried iodine soaks.
She is going into the clinic on Wednesday to have X-Rays to view any underlying pathology that could be causing the heel pain (ie, navicular).
Needless to say her breeding is definitely a contributer to the problem, halter breed for an enormous, stocky body and tiny teacup hooves.
Anyway, the vet would like to put shoes on her to provide some immediate relief and support, but I prefer a more natural approach with boot therapy and correct trimming if IT IS navicular. Shoes would be difficult to apply at this point in time as she has virtually no weight baring structure (hoof wall). THIS is because she was suffering whiteline on all four hooves after the onset of the thrush, so the farrier removed most of the hoof wall to open the area up to oxygen and prevent further damage..
When she was getting her feet done, there was particular pain in the front left, which he decided to clip as far as possible to the point where she was bleeding to try and encourage what he thought was an abscess out. I poulticed and bandaged this hoof for the next 2 days, no abscess ever appeared. I have not got this farrier back.
After this trim the poor horse could barely walk (bleeding, almost no natural weight-baring structure) and it broke my heart as she was in substantial pain for the next 2-3 weeks. Now that her hooves have grown out a bit she is feeling better, I bought some high density foam from the vet to tape to the bottom of her hooves for 3 days for cushioning and support, the relief was almost instantaneous and after I removed these she was walking 100% better.
I hope keeping positive for Wednesday and hoping for the best, but the horse is showing all clinical signs of navicular... we are just waiting on a official diagnosis now.
I will attach photos, from day 1 of diagnosis through to about a couple of weeks ago. These are the front right, which was the worst originally, now the left is the worst...
Will get some shots of the left soon!
I actually came across the same problem! My lessee reported NoThrush stopped working and so I stumbled across this on Pete Ramey's article (He's well known in the Hoof Community)
Will see if my lessee wants to give it a go.
Good luck!! :)
Edit: Wow.. I cannot use grammar at 11:40pm at night LOL.. excuse me!
What is it that makes you think there is anything "natural" about hoof boots?
Nothing was done to address that distal wall separation until the pathology had progressed through the 6th photo (5 trims?).
Even then, the problem was poorly addressed and more importantly, no structural support was subsequently provided after the medial wall was removed. The horse was left to bear all medial load on the sole of the foot.
This thread could just have easily been titled "How to Transform the Horse Hoof into a Mule Hoof in 7 Natural Steps!".
Should licensing ever occur in the US, it would likely (hopefully) be modeled after the UK system of regulation. That said, the most likely exam criteria would be based on the current AFA farrier certification process.
It's fair to ask, how many practicing 'Natural Barefoot Trimmers' could pass that exam today?
I'd safely bet large sums of money that the answer is zero, zip and none.
Still, horse owners continue to engage these practitioners.
Barnum and Bailey were right. :-(
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That's the direction my farrier and I are going in.
Tomorrow Dry Cow works great for thrush. Don't know if you can get that where you are. Don't know if you can get that over there.
I see a lot of bar covering over the sole of the hoof. Partial evidence of this is the appearance of the frog is being choked near the apex. Bars will cause navicular pain when they have been allowed to grow over the sole or embed themselves into the sole. I did not read through the entire thread but would imagine this is a problem for any discomfort this horse is having.
Something else that stands out to me about the trim is the medial toe pillar appears to be a bit tall causing separation in the white line.
I would also recommend White Lightning treatments without the use of adding water as per the manfacturers instructiosn and keep the hoof as dry as possible. You could follow up by sifting No Thrush into a diaper and placing the hoof in a Hoof Wrap or Deluxe Equine Slipper to keep them dry throughout the day.
Hope this helps,
Unlike the domestic horse, the South Florida Unicorn has no need for a digital cushion or DDFT. The bars are connected directly to the navicular bone and, much like the distal wall, serve only an ornamental function. Excess bar growth can occur when unicorns over-indulge in purple colored Skittles. On the rare occasion that a unicorn does experience Skittle induced, excess bar growth, that growth can indeed cause direct pressure on the navicular bone.
Treatment by certified hoof mechanics involve having a specially trained garden gnome hug the unicorn while members of the lollipop guild sing the theme song to "The Wizard of Oz".
Treatment is repeated every two weeks until the unicorn sheds a rainbow colored teardrop of relief.
A true hoof mechanic has the ability to not only cure navicular disease with a trim and padded hoof boots, but, per this website New Page 3 ...
"This situation is where the boots and pads become truly magical. We make a horse owner cry big happy tears at almost every clinic we teach."
Vets and farriers are too pragmatic to make horse owners cry big happy tears.
Besides, what horse owner would ever believe that a modern farrier had even heard of the magic of barefoot trims, hoof boots and frog support?
These are brand new ideas that no one had ever thought of until old Pete's failure as a farrier turned him to the magic of barefoot trims, boots and most importantly, the power of internet marketing.
PegasusTV - In Celebration of the Horse - Burney Chapman and the Heart Bar Shoe
Anvil Brand Shoe Co. - Myron McLane Pads
Castle Plastics Specialty Pads
For clarification purposes, what exactly is the "distal wall"?
I've seen it brought up on a few different hoof threads and Google was of zero help in figuring out what/where it is...
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