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post #1 of 22 Old 01-06-2020, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Contracted Heels and Thrush

Good Afternoon! I would appreciate any tips and or advice regarding my 19 year old gelding. I have owned him since October. His hooves have been a mess since I have had him. He has very contracted heels and his frogs are contracted and almost gone. He is a gaited horse but seems a bit small to be a full TWH. He is a little over 14 hands.He has marks on his pasterns from I am assuming being sored which leads me to believe he has spent most his life wearing shoes and perhaps weighted shoes at that. I have tried multiple thrush treatments to not much avail. His frogs do not make contact with the ground which I assume is due to contracted heels. I know this is overly long so will stop here. Thanks!
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-06-2020, 06:57 PM
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It's not overly long, but I guess I will go ahead and tell you this to save some time: there are a lot of people on this forum who are really awesome when it comes to hoof questions, but they will best be able to help you if you can post some pictures.

I hope you can find some answers!
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post #3 of 22 Old 01-06-2020, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Trying to add photos now.

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First, I thought I recognized that handsome head as probably being a TWH:)

One of my registered Tennessee Walkers was only 14.3H. His sire Prides Genius was over 16.H:)

He was considered a pony in the Walking Horse show world, which Walking Pony classes are a legitimate thing.

Meaning, your TWH is 100% TWH in all likelihood:)

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On to your serious issues. You have got to dig in and get that crud under control, quickly.

1. It would be great if he is on your property so you can care for those hooves twice daily. There are a few things you can do, also depending on how much mud he is in or isnít in, and does he have a dry stall to get into.

1.1. I also hope you have a farrier and one that is actually good, as opposed to being good at schmoozing the owner and isnít worth a pinch of salt when it comes to trimming hooves correctly and for good hoof health:)

2. A popular concoction that will stay in the collateral grooves and central sulci fairly well, is one part diaper rash paste, one part Triple antibiotic ointment, one part athletes foot cream.

Walmart has everything you need. Buy their diaper rash paste that says 40% zinc oxide on the ingredients. Lamisil or other athletes foot cream would work.

Miconazole Nitrate is another good one but it can be hard to find.

Clean the frogs thoroughly, then shove the cream down in the grooves and the central sulci.

3. That should help for now but may not be the cure. If you could post clear pictures of the hooves, it would be helpful. Do NOT wash the hooves, they need to be dry. Just brush the dirt off as best you can:)
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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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I have just ordered some Durasole and will use that. I would love to get some advice on getting his frogs to make contact with the ground. I did add "pea" pebbles to his stall. They got buried within a week and Florida has no stones so hard to keep up with that!

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YAY! You posted pics while I was typing, lollol

1. I hope he is due for a trim because there is waaaay too much hoof for starters, which adds to the frog thrush issue.

2. Heís not as bad as I expected:)

The cheapest fastest route is what Imposted above.

2.1. I would not soak his hooves it I might buy some Banixx, spray the soles pretty good after brushing excess dirt off, then apply the concoction I mentioned above. There are variations to that recipe but they essentially all achieve the same goal.

2.1. If he jerks back when you use the Banixx, that means he has a pretty raw spot somewhere, so stop spraying; this stuff is safe for rain rot on the back.

2.2. Do NOT use Clorox, it is invasive to healthy tissue. Iím no fan of Lysol either. Even a betadyne solution is painful if the infection is raw and deep enough. Which why I say just use a soft brush to clean.

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You are awesome! Please know in advance I am not trying to be argumentative! I totally did the whole diaper rash ointment/jock itch/triple antibiotic stuff for about two weeks. I also have used Thrush Buster, Lysol (mouthwash) hydrogen peroxide, mud etc.etc. I soaked his hooves in various concoctions and used little pad things with copper sulfate. Although admittedly perhaps I did not allow enough time with each treatment. You hit the nail on th head regarding my farrier! He is a schmoozer and IMHO comes up with some unique solutions stories and I am learning he is a lot of talk for sure! Great guy though and he does a good job trimming (I think?). He says regarding thrush etc. that it is because of the dirt and occasional mud. He has access to about a half acre paddock/pasture and although we have some wet days the norm seems to be dry.
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I am making an appointment with a different farrier in two weeks - second opinions can't hurt! I have a routinr vet appt this week and I am wondering if I should perhaps ask about an antibiotic course?
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post #10 of 22 Old 01-06-2020, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Long toes! Those pictures are not super recent and they are pre farrier so they have been trimmed. I have them done every six weeks.
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