Thoughts on his hooves?
I'd love some opinions on my guy's feet. I've never really had anyone take a close look at them, and I know there are some experienced eyes on here :D
Pictures start at front left, then back left, back right, and front right
We are currently dealing with some thrush. We had a lot of rain so the pastures stayed wet and the stalls weren't being cleaned thoroughly enough and stayed damp :evil: I tried bleach and vinegar with no results, so now I'm trying No Thrush.
Hi. I think they look pretty good. The proportions look good (at toe), looks like he has some nice thick walls. The LF looks like it needs some cleaning out of the center sulcus.
I don't know when they were last trimmed, but it looks like they are not ready yet, but they weren't done yesterday, LOL. If you want to protect against the walls flaring away from the sole (hard to tell here) , then roll the edges a bit, (take the edge off the hoof wall). I do really think they do look nice and well maintained. Certainly nice and short, good sized bulbs and frogs. I use half beach half water spray a few times a week for thrush.
Actually given the deep cracks in the sole he is overdue a good trim. All those deep cracks in the sole indicate that he has a really thick layer of dead retained sole that is ready to be removed, particularly in the rear half of the feet. (the heels and bars)
Other than that the feet appear fairly healthy though having signs of suffering from the excess mud and such, and very due for a trim.
Due for a trim, but aside from thrush, not bad looking feets! Don't know about that skewiff looking right hind with only those angles, etc. Bit of flaring in hind quarters, hind toes a bit stretched but can't really tell from those angles properly. Front heels look a bit high. Need to find the sole plane in the rear of the foot.
Loosie, that means a lot coming from you! I'd been hoping you'd find this thread since you know what you're talking about :D what do you mean about the sole plane in the rear of the foot? Also, if you look at his right hind, he does have a crack up his heel- any suggestions on how to handle this? I've never had any issues with his feet till the last year while he's been stalled a lot :evil: he's not sensitive at all from the thrush, he's only sensitive in the heel crack.
They look good except for the thrush. You are getting some sloughing of the frog that is getting bad on a couple of hooves. Try Thrush Buster. The angles look good and as long as the sole is clean some surface cracks like that are not bad, but you could clean the soles up if you get a chance. The heel crack looks worse. You can pack it with pinetar and turpintine mixed.Very nice!
By find the sole plane I just meant exfoliate all that excess(& bar material) in the rear half of his feet so you know where you are. The heel crack doesn't look bad, but I'd treat it the same as the rest of the frogs, with an antiseptic but one that won't damage live tissue - I tend to use t-tree oil, don't use heavy chems like thrush buster on frogs.
Okay I gotcha. What do you think about No Thrush?
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