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Re: Hoof abscess - burst and now horse lame again

Lavinia Fiscaletti
 

Kare, I'm so sorry for your loss. Although not easy, it sounds like you made the right and only choice for your boy given the circumstances.

Fly free, Haydon. Blue skies and green grass forever.

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Lavinia

Moderator/ECIR Support


Re: Footings for turn out area

Lavinia Fiscaletti
 

If the horses are/might be IR/PPID, you can create an album in the Photos section of the case history sub-group yourself and upload photos there. Since you already have the case histories for them, I'd just put the photos there. The discussion would also take place on the main group as that's where all the topics are covered for IR/PPID horses.

If not IR and/or PPID, then the album would go here, which is Moderator upload only. You'd need to send the pix directly to me and I can create the album then upload for you.

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Lavinia

Moderator/ECIR Support


Re: Footings for turn out area

 

Susan, I added some birds eye to my pipe corrals over the existing compacted footing.  I also have crusher run in parts of my turnouts where I need to supply traction during muddy weather. Larger pieces of gravel are noticeable when the crusher run gets thin and is less than 3 inches deep. If the layer is thick enough, they cushion the larger gravels, which just sink in. Birds eye is not grippy. I worry about my horses slipping on it where it covers hard ground  anyplace they race, cut and slide. 

I agree with Lavinia about the benefits of larger pea gravel, especially in a level loafing area. It's hard to come by here but one landscape supplier has started to carry it for horse facilities. I keep it away from the racetrack portions of my turnouts and have it in a small area where I feed out of bins. It's large enough that you won't find pieces of gravel embedded an any small hoof wall separation, the central sulcus or the depths of the collateral grooves. It's less likely to fly up and land inside any hoof boots you may need for your tender-footed horses when they're playing rodeo. It's supposedly very soothing to sore feet because the horse can dig in and adjust her feet to exactly where she feels most comfortable. And it may be less abrasive on those hooves that wear easily. Not sure on that latter, as my horses have very different horn quality from one another, and it's hard to know with different footings in different places.

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Cass, Sonoma Co., CA 2012
ECIR Group Moderator
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Re: Hoof abscess - burst and now horse lame again

Joy V
 

I'm terribly sorry Karen.  It's a heartbreaking thing to do, but the kindest choice.  There isn't really anything I can say to make it any better.  Thank you for being such a loving and good steward to your beloved boy.  

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Joy and Willie  
(aka FLS Boxcar Willie)

Nevada County, CA - 2019


Case history:  https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Joy%20and%20Willie
Willie's photo album:  https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/album?id=242526


Re: Hoof abscess - burst and now horse lame again

gypsylassie
 

Oh Karen, I'm so sorry for your loss.   You did everything you could for Haydon and then made the hardest decision we have to make.  I'm glad it was peaceful for him, but I know  how much it hurts.  The more we love them, the harder it is, and he sounds like a wonderful horse and friend.   
Crying tears of sympathy for you,
Laura Knie
Chappie & Beau over the bridge
2011 N IL


Re: Hoof abscess - burst and now horse lame again

Karen Hocking
 

Hi all

I am writing this with a heavy heart - Haydon was laid to rest two days ago. The infection had gone into the navilcular, coffin bone and tendon sheath. He had not responded to any treatments over 6 weeks. This was also after 6 months of an eye abscess not healing completely so we suspect something else may have been going on too. It's irrelevent anyway, we were only left with one option. Thanks to my vet is was stress, fear and pain free and I was with him until the end. I am heartbroken as he was my best friend.

Regards
Karen


Re: Footings for turn out area

Susan
 

Hi Lavinia,

Sorry - I had forgotten to  set up my signature for this group. I've already posted  case histories. There have been a few changes to their diet in  the last 2 months that I need to update in the CHs.

I've been taking hoof photos since I started trimming them.  Do I need  permission to post a few or can I upload them myself to my files folder?
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Susan in BC 2020
https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Susan%20and%20Copper%20and%20Ella


Re: Footings for turn out area

Lavinia Fiscaletti
 

Hi Susan,

For the horses' feet, the best thing to use is 4"-6" of 3/8" pea stone.

Generally, horses' feet will adapt to whatever footing they spend the most time on. That they get tender footed points to a problem with their feet rather than the footing. They both may be IR, which is different from having PPID (Cushings), as that is what causes problems with sugars in the grass. Your older boy may also be early PPID, which can mean he tests "normal" during non-seasonal times of the year but has an exaggerated ACTH rise in the fall.

Creating a case history for each of them would help us to help you parse out those possibilities.

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Lavinia

Moderator/ECIR Support


Footings for turn out area

Susan
 

I'd like a recommendation on the type of gravel that I should top my turn out paddock with. There is already a 1 foot base that had some bigger pieces of stone in it and some finer gravel. Most of it was placed by the previous owner of the property. It's a bit muddy around the edges in the winter when we get lots of rain. The mud is probably from organic matter that has collected over time.  About 3 years ago I added 1/2" minus crusher dust  (manufactured fines) over a lower section on the advice from the quarry owner that this is what he sells to all the horse people.  Over the last 3 years the bigger pieces of the crusher has come to the surface and they have sharp edges - like crusher products will. My 2 horses can be tender footed on it in the summer, but they seem fine in the winter. Except that my younger mare got a stone bruise on her back heel last winter from running around and playing on it. My older horse is probably pre-cushings (he tested in the normal range, but has a lot of the symptoms). He walks tenderly on the current surface at this time of the year and he can't go out on grass  right now (too much sugar) so he's in boots.

I have 3 options:

1) 3/8" minus crusher dust - which I'm told will pack hard. I looked at it and it seems to have a very low percentage of the larger pieces and is mostly the "fines". But I'm worried that the bigger pieces will work their way to the top like the 1/2" minus did.  They use this stuff for topping bicycle/walking trails in my area and those trails look uniformly smooth.
2) 1/8" crusher sand - this stuff won't pack. I think it's a bi-product of  stone crushing, but it looks like course sand. It will have sharp edges, but the pieces are small.
3) Birds eye gravel - this is the really small rounded stones that comes from a river bed. I'd guess that the biggest pieces are no more than 1/4". It won't pack either.

My main criterion is that the horses can walk comfortably on it all year and that it's good for their hooves. But it would also be nice if it drains well, although there is a slight slope from one end of the paddock to the other, so the rain can run off the top.

Oh - my older gelding has been barefoot for about 3 years now - since he first started showing signs of laminitis with the seasonal rise. My younger mare has never had shoes.

Thanks,
Susan


Re: Common soft tissue injury from pulling a glue on shoe?

 

Thanks, Lavinia. I know there's no one answer and agree completely with what you're saying. Devils Claw+Boswellia provided such dramatic relief within 4 days that it turned this skeptic into a believer.  The swelling went way down.

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Cass, Sonoma Co., CA 2012
ECIR Group Moderator
Cayuse Case History                Cayuse Photos
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Re: Anyone familiar with cellulitis

Sherry Morse
 

Hi Kathy,

The fact that you're seeing a difference in the muscling between her two legs plus the lameness would be a good indication to me that it's time to get the vet involved - even if it's just a phone consult at this point to see what he thinks of the situation.  Were she mine I'd have an appointment set up for a lameness exam including x-rays because it sounds like there is something chronic going on with that leg.

FWIW my mare broke her left hind pastern and then years later had two episodes of cellulitis and once went right to lymphangitis in that leg but wasn't ever lame on it otherwise.  

 
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Sherry and Scutch (and Scarlet over the bridge)
EC Primary Response 
PA 2014
https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Sherry%20and%20Scutch_Scarlet 
https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/album?id=78891


Cadie emergency laminitis

Vanessa Register
 

Cadie 

https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Cadie%20and%20Vanessa

tested hay

Digestible energy .82

Crude protein 8.1

ADF 33.6

NDF 62.1

WSC 9.1

ESC 5.5

Starch .6

Calcium .31

Pjosporus .27

Magnesium .17

potassium 2.18

Sodium .049

Iron 130ppm

Zinc 34

Copper 7

Manganese 64


In Arizona complete with
magnesium 5g
ground flax 4 oz
salt 2 T
sprillium 1 T
Gastro elm plus slippery em dandalion root
marshmellow root and milk thistle lowder


Cadie has PPID and IR
1 pracenda
4 500mg Metforim 

Vitals heart rate 40
temp 99.9

pulse in all 4 hooves not pounding 
no heat in hooves

to treat
equinox
j herb

in boots with pads, 
icing hooves 

no improvement

soaking hay

anything I can do?

Vet coming tomorrow 
wants Cadie to have 1 G bute 
so I have ulcer guard
and smaller pen.


with boots Cadie is  shifting her weight.
without boots Cadie leans back In classic laminitis stance.

she has been very stiff for two days and today she started leaning.

cadie just came out of season.


cadie is interested in the things around her and still eating and drinking fine.


thank you,
Vanessa Register
jan 2009
just moved to patagonia AZ


Re: Common soft tissue injury from pulling a glue on shoe?

 

Thanks, Bonnie. That's very helpful. 

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Cass, Sonoma Co., CA 2012
ECIR Group Moderator
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Re: Common soft tissue injury from pulling a glue on shoe?

Lavinia Fiscaletti
 
Edited

Hi Cass,

What the injury might be is going to depend on what she was doing when she happened to remove the shoe: stepped on it from behind? by the opposing foot? twisted it off during a spinning move? stuck in a hole or under a root? Different scenarios will impact different areas of the limb. Palpating to localize the painful area would be my go-to, then a dialogue with the vet on what diagnostics would be most appropriate based on the apparent location of the injury.

--
Lavinia

Moderator/ECIR Support


Re: Anyone familiar with cellulitis

KC
 

I'm aware that cellulitis can return & become even chronic so far that's not the case here. What I was interested in knowing is if the swelling from cellulitis could
cause unknown damage to the hock, tendons, etc. and if anyone has experience this or not. I also realize it could be something else unrelated to the cellulitis but
this didn't show up until after the cellulitis. It just got me curious if it was related somehow.

I do plan to talk to my vet but timing is a big issue. I don't know when or what actually triggers the lameness other than it shows up the most when she goes downhill.
I don't think its the trigger and it's a bit random plus it only lasts a day or so. So getting my vet there when she's lame so he can see for himself is nearly impossible. I'm not
sure if he would find something thru flex tests or not if she wasn't lame. Once the lameness is gone, she moves normally. It also doesn't happen every time I ride her either.
One other thing I have noticed is the muscle in the left hind leg isn't "toned" like the right, It appears almost "underdeveloped" in a way. My thought was to continue riding her
and with good exercise to see if there's improvement before involving my vet. The last thing I want to do is waste my money and his time but I also don't want to do more harm.

Thanks
Kathy in Ohio


Re: Common soft tissue injury from pulling a glue on shoe?

 

Years ago one of my horses pulled a shoe and she injured a collateral ligament on the inside of her fetlock/pastern area, front leg. I had her checked by my favorite "leg" vet. She recovered just fine. After a week of rest the vet had me hand walking her 2xday  for a month. The lameness was noticeable after a few days but the injury takes longer to heal past that period where the head bobbing stops. The controlled walking exercise helps the damaged fibers heal correctly in alignment instead of being a knot of scars. Obviously I am trying to remember how my vet describes the healing process and the importance doing the walking. She was/is a track vet and dressage rider. She helped me get my endurance horse's thru various leg injuries using the controlled, slow exercise with ultrasounds to check on progress.
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Bonnie Snodgrass 07-2016

ECIR Primary Response 

White Cloud, Michigan, USA

Mouse Case HistoryPhoto Album

 


Re: Common soft tissue injury from pulling a glue on shoe?

 

I should have mentioned the swelling/filling is reduced except for on the lateral side right above the quarters. 
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Cass, Sonoma Co., CA 2012
ECIR Group Moderator
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Common soft tissue injury from pulling a glue on shoe?

 

Does anyone know of a predictable soft tissue injury from a horse pulling off a glue on shoe? I didn't see the act.

On May 15th, my Diamond pulled a new to us glue-on shoe, the Easyshoe Compete, with the sole packed with dental impression material.  Since she was immediately very lame on that side, RF, I assumed she was foot sore. About 5 days later, my trimmer put that hoof in a cast with dental impression material. No change in lameness. June 2, glue-on was replaced with the usual brand we've used for more than a year. No change in lameness. We both assumed she was foot sore, sole bruised or abscess brewing. She'd been in J-herb since shortly after she came to my in 2018.

A light bulb finally went off when I belatedly studied and palpated the swelling/filling of the pastern below the fetlock. It looks like a tiny inner tube all 360 degrees above the coronary band, and it's soft and squishy. That could definitely be caused by a soft tissue injury higher up in the leg, draining down and collecting at the coronary band. She was so uncomfortable  that I put her on Devils Claw/Boswellia, suspending J-Herb for a few days. It took me about 4 days to get the dose right, and now the relief she feels is obvious.  She looks so much brighter, and while she still limps a bit, she's much more herself.

I'm not asking for a diagnosis from afar. If a particular soft tissue injury is more common from pulling a shoe, say stepping on a lose shoe with another hoof and then yanking it, it would help me know where to check and, if I have to call out the vet, to schedule the ultra-sound with instead of the digital radiograph machine. Thanks for any ideas or experience.
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Cass, Sonoma Co., CA 2012
ECIR Group Moderator
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Re: lameness

Lavinia Fiscaletti
 

The most recent radiographs (April 2020) are in Majestic's photo album:

https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/photosearch?q=LJ+and+majestic

The most recent rads do show improvement in the trim over what was present in May 2018, except in the sole depth, which is definitely worse now. Latest rads show thin soles, longer-than-ideal toes, some sinking and a somewhat broken back HPA - RF worse than LF. These things would all be contributing to the worsening ringbone. Shoes won't help any of those things, but they may temporarily hide some of the lameness that is present. Until they don't.

Need to optimize the trim in order to actually address the causes of the worsening ringbone.

--
Lavinia

Moderator/ECIR Support


Re: Anyone familiar with cellulitis

Sherry Morse
 

Hi Kathy,

Cellulitis can return again as it seems to have some effect on the circulatory system but it's usually a sudden onset, causes acute swelling and possibly lameness along with the swelling and is then resolved.  What you're describing is something that you probably want to discuss with your vet as it could be arthritis, hock issues, or something with a suspensory or tendon or any other part or her leg that's causing the issue. 
--
Sherry and Scutch (and Scarlet over the bridge)
EC Primary Response 
PA 2014
https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Sherry%20and%20Scutch_Scarlet 
https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/album?id=78891

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