Ok:). Since it’s you, I don’t have to be flowery and I don’t have to explain much of anything:):)
1. There was a point in time when Joker’s founder ruined his hooves to where one vet (not the lameness vet) and a handful of farrier’s thought the only recourse was “resection which is worse than debride.
I would not allow it. I did clean and apply meds every day. Joker, comes in every night and that does make a huge difference in the rate of progress. I got his hooves thru the trauma but it took months of standing on my head every day:)
1.1. You are already standing on your head for an above average amount of time, so there are a few things you can consider. 2. First and foremost do a soak of all affected hooves in White Lightening.
. As HLG said, this stuff honestly does work
2.1. Also buy the White Lightening gel. It’s $20/2oz bottle but that stuff is amazing and a little goes a long way. Until your mud goes away, apply it every other day.
I save the 1/2” Keretex brushes and use them to get the gel deep in the hoof cracks.
3. There are different types of pliable hoof packs that can be used on barefoot horses, although I’m pretty sure VetTech’s “lasts up to two weeks” comment may go out the window if the horse is in constant mud.
3.1. VetTech’s pink tube for barefoot horses. All their products require a caulking gun to apply them.
3.2. ShuFill reminds me of silly putty. The kind my farrier uses comes in two tubs. Equal parts of each tub get mixed together to about the size of a chicken egg. That does one hoof.
3.2.1. She also mixes copper sulfate crystals into the Shufill. “Allen’s Blue Powder” is what she uses.
She uses it over the frog and in the collateral grooves but it could easily be shoved down in the whiteline - which, it will come out eventually and have to be re-packed.
3.3. The ShuFill is expensive but, if you just use it (and mix in the copper sulfate crystals) packed into the whiteline, it should stop the whiteline from spreading as long as you can keep up with the trimming.
4. If you would feel better with professional help, Google “therapeutic farrier’s” in your region. They often travel. You can also go to Newhouse.com, click on the farrier button, then click on your state and see if there is anyone qualified within 50-100 miles that would come to your farm.
5. Joker has to be in Orthotic shoes. Probably the rest of his life on the front. He wears them on the back several months out of the year due to his fractured sacrum & his being sickle-hocked exacerbates that.
He wears Natural Balance PLR shoes on the front with lily pads and the ShuFill underneath.
6. You stand a good chance of keeping the mare barefoot as long as you can keep trimming her.
I lost the barefoot battle with Joker when my back got so bad, I had to stop trimming him. I had him in boots during the dry months and he was doing great but I had to stop trimming in a serious way and that’s when the trouble started
7. The mare could greatly benefit from some supplements- and nothing that works is going to be cheap.
I am a HorseTech fan.
7.1 I feed their HighPoint for Grass Fed horses vit/min supplement. It only takes 3oz daily per horse. It is geared toward easy keeping & metabolic horses. It is soy-free with no added iron and DOES
have the three key amino acids in it.
Cost is ~86 cents/day.
7.2. I also feed their Natural vitamin E 5000, at 3000 IU daily. It does not have any selenium in it.
7.3. Their BioFlax has also been a big help.
7.4 Lastly their probiotic “GutWerks”.
I divide the amounts into two feedings and mix it into one measure cup of Timothy pellets twice daily.
8. I would also have her tested for Cushings if you haven’t done so already. Cushings can play Holy Hades with foundered hooves, as I have learned.
My vet facility uses Cornell. I like the way they interpret blood work as they give you the normal range in the left column and the horse’s actual reading in the right column. Makes it easy for the layman:)
It is important your vet clinic gives you copies of the blood work, so you have records for comparison:)