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post #11 of 13 Old 02-02-2014, 02:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Oldhorselady View Post
Since the white line is so thick, do I need to use a different margin? Or could there be some laminar wedge present?
Yes, sounds like there is probably some wedge material there then, if the 'white line' is so thick, but not evident in pics, poss will be after removing excess sole.

I think *generally* the breakover & edges of the hoof walls(inc 'rolling') should be put where they would be if the foot was healthy. In a healthy foot, the white line is very thin & tightly attached. Therefore, assuming your horse should have 1/8" thick inner wall material on the ground, that + a few mm leeway is about how much should be on the ground from the *inside* of the white line.
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do you see many cases that 'cloven' looking naturally?
Some over the years, probably a dozen and weirdly mostly in Morgans with upright type feet, and a few drafts. Haven't a clue why those breeds.
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When my black horse started barefoot had contracted heels.

In the frog, the central sulcus was narrow and deep, instead wide and shallow.

I cured his frog with Hoof-Stuff.
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The narrow crease between the bulbs speaks to me of possible fungus infection (see More Topics page). Treating the fungus will allow the frog to widen, which will spread the heels apart and will help the hoof balance overall by reducing heel pain.

Pat Coleby in Natural Horse Care proposes that all types of fungus infection -- including frog fungus, seedy toe, white line disease, rain rot (a skin problem in rainy areas), and ringworm -- indicate a copper deficiency.

Copper-deficient feeds seem to result from the widespread use of nitrogenous fertilizers (rather than compost) on hay and grain fields; the nitrogen suppresses copper availability in the resulting feeds.

Copper deficiency is also associated with runny/drippy eyes, high worm loads, and bot infection.

Pat recommends supplementing 1/2 teaspoon (2 gm.) of copper sulfate daily. Black and chestnut horses may require double that amount as they are more prone to copper deficiency. You should most likely supplement zinc along with copper, as many soils are deficient in both. If you supplement too much of one, it suppresses the other.

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