August 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm
I am having a problem with my geldings hoof wall separating from the sole. Its in all four feet but the worst in the front feet. I have been battleing this for about 5 months now with on and off lameness issues. I have tried lots of different things over the months “save-a-hoof” gel, packing the cracks with iodine soaked cotton, packing with keratex hoof putty (which doesn’t stay in all that well), various sprays for thrush/white line fungus among other things and sometimes it seems like its helping and they are growing out and then a few weeks later they are as bad as ever. Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Several other boarders at my barn are having the same problem. My horse is on 24 hour turnout in a 40 acre pasture and gets his feet cleaned daily. I tried bringing him in to a stall at night for awhile but the sawdust getting in the cracks just seemed to irritate his feet more. My mare is in the same pasture and she has no issues.
I'd rather be riding! www.whispertraining.comAugust 1, 2014 at 4:29 pmJoan FryTopics Started: 11Replies Posted: 324
Have you called in a veterinarian? That’s what I would do–it could be a dangerous situation. I hope that, in your case, it’s not. Wait to hear what your vet has to say before you call a farrier. Sometimes it’s helpful to ask the vet to write down exactly what she wants your shoer to do. Good luck to you both!August 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm
Thanks Joan! I did have the vet out and she told me to do 50/50 water/vinegar soaks and pack the cracks with cotton soaked in an antifungal/antibacterial spray. It seems to have helped some but still can’t seem to completely get rid of it, especially in his front feet.
I'd rather be riding! www.whispertraining.comAugust 4, 2014 at 10:14 amnaturalpastureTopics Started: 2Replies Posted: 61
Do you have any pictures? I have an idea what may be causing the separation, but seeing his hooves would make it easier to tell what the problem is. 🙂August 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm
I don’t have any pictures but I’ll try to take some today or tomorrow and post them!
I'd rather be riding! www.whispertraining.comAugust 7, 2014 at 10:57 ammorgan_skillingTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 6
Cleantrax. SmartPak doesn’t sell it but if you Google it you’ll find several retailers who do. It’s a bit pricey and a bit time consuming but took care of the same problem on my Quarter Horse in one shot. I may need to follow up just because this is Georgia and things get pretty damp and he’s in 24/7 turnout, but my farrier swears by it as well.
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The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears.September 14, 2014 at 10:46 pm
Just wanted to say thank you so much morgan_skilling for reccomending cleantrax!!! I used it about 4 weeks ago on my gelding and as a preventative on my mare and so far the fungus seems to be gone and the cracks in the bottoms of his hooves are growing out nicely. I have been continuing regular 50/50 vinegar/water soaks and using thrushbuster once a week as well to hopefully prevent it from coming back. I may do a follow up soak this month to make sure it stays gone since we have had a lot of rain lately. My gelding has been completely sound for the past few weeks which makes me sooo happy! I highly reccomend cleantrax to anyone else with this problem. The only thing I would do differently is not use the cleantrax boot next time. It kept slipping down and getting out of position and by the end of the day there were two small holes in the bottom (fortunately I was almost done anyway.) Next time I will use a regular soaking boot which I have modified by attaching heavy duty vinyl so that I can close off the top to keep the gases in.
I'd rather be riding! www.whispertraining.comSeptember 15, 2014 at 9:17 ampheetsTopics Started: 5Replies Posted: 477
Another CleanTrax fan here. Like that it buffers the new flesh, which prohibits further destruction.
DNA, diet, degree of skill in the trim including timing, pretty much in that order, all with equal influence will dictate the integrity and longevity of the hoof. How we care for it after that is open, methods being many.
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.
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