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post #11 of 15 Old 01-28-2014, 11:08 PM
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I know it looks deeper in the photo, but the crevice is maybe half an inch at the most, and there was no "white chalky"
My concern is that regardless how deep, the 'crevice' was cleaned out adequately to remove all diseased tissue. And it isn't necessarily 'white & chalky'. It may well be if it's a fungal infection, but not if bacterial or otherwise(think I got that the right way round...). As it seems to be still messy looking & while can't judge trim from just that pic, it does appear the quarter should have been taken back a little more(as with the stretched toe.

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I am a bit confused because my farrier has diagnosed WLD before... but this time he said my gelding's hoof was just too wet and it wasn't anything to worry about
Not there, so don't take my word for it based on one pic, but looks like it to me. True, wet environments can make a horse *more susceptible* to wall infection, but it's still wall infection. This looks like it's set in quite some time ago - seems to be in close to live tissue on a bit flared looking quarter.

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When I was boarding in Nashville it was a strict 8 week schedule with more hoof care in between.
Like I said, depends on situation, but yes, 8 weeks could be adequate for maintenance, esp if they're getting 'brush up' trims in between. But I would be wanting a good farrier to see to these feet more frequently ATM.

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I've read too much sugar in the diet will increase the likely hood of WLD ... do you think his diet has something to do with it as well?

He is on 4 quarts of pellet feed, 1 quart of alfalfa cubes, 1oz. of vitamin supplement and has a roll bale of grass hay.
Absolutely diet/nutrition is important. Yes, too much sugar &/or calories generally is one common prob - as with type 2 diabetic people, it's not so much that we can't hack a bit of excess or rubbish food, but when it becomes chronic, regular, & there are no regular 'hard seasons' to use up the fat stores that it can become a serious metabolic problem.

Can't comment on the pellets without info, but guessing they're grain based & probably high starch. Especially if that's the case, I'd be inclined to get rid of that, or if you decide to keep feeding, make sure that 4 quarts is over a couple or more meals daily at least. If the vit mix is appropriate & making a balanced diet for your particular horse, great. But it is very high in calcium(especially when considering alfalfa is too) & low in magnesium - poss needs more - and it has added potassium(also already high in alfalfa & many other feeds).
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The pellet is Tucker Solution 12%, Solution

And yes it is over two meals a day - 2 quarts in the morning, 2 in the eventing. Same with the alfalfa. 1/2 quart morning, 1/2 in the evening with the 1 oz of vit sup in the morning.

BTW, I spoke to my vet over the phone, and he said that it was most likely WLD and to try to treat it topically since it didn't sound like it was too bad. I'm going to try the White Lightning product and see where that gets me. I'll have the farrier out as soon as I notice it getting worse.

As far as the trim - I would love to take pictures this weekend and have people evaluate his hooves, because I just don't know and have to trust my farrier. I try to research as much as possible, but I'm not ashamed to admit a lot of it whizzes right over my head.

Thank you for all the help and suggestions!
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BTW, I spoke to my vet over the phone, and he said that it was most likely WLD and to try to treat it topically since it didn't sound like it was too bad.
E mail him the photo of the Jenny's hoof. It's bad.
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No, sorry - I didn't specify. The jenny will be seen by a vet pronto - I was talking about my gelding's hoof.

I talked to two vets about his hoof, both of them told me they were not overly concerned and asked me to keep it as clean and dry as possible, to make sure to keep him trimmed regularly and to treat the area with a topical solution for WLD.

I'm very thankful for the advise and help - sometimes it can get a bit confusing when you have two extremes being offer - My farrier not thinking there is a problem, and others thinking it is very bad. I'll just treat it and make sure to keep an eye for any signs of it getting worse. Thanks all!
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My farrier not thinking there is a problem, and others thinking it is very bad. I'll just treat it and make sure to keep an eye for any signs of it getting worse. Thanks all!
Re your gelding, I don't think it looks 'very bad' at all necessarily(tho it does look like it's been around a while), just that it looks like it needs assertive treatment and that IF the diseased crud hasn't been cut out, there is no definite way of knowing how bad or not it is. Not just from pics, but in real life too. Eg. I can trim a hoof that looks like that & after cleaning out, I find it's shallow & no big deal. Or I can start digging into a superficial looking crack & find it runs deep & gets worse higher up, with no signs on the outside to indicate.
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Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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