Re: New Member with questions

Nancy C

Hi Carolyn

You've got basically no functioning back foot from an extended period of time with high heels and long toe. The only way to fix this is through more frequent trimming or significant removal of foot. I have been present for both approaches over the years, and while I prefer the former, I have seen the latter work as well with lots of help from the primary caregiver in booting, massage,  non-NSAID pain relief, encouragement of movement at the equine's pace, and grit on the part of the caregiver.

Vets often feel a  trim has "lamed her" because the horse has been thrown on the back of her foot, using soft tissues that have previously been ignored. The best way to help the horse transition through this is through rasping every couple of days. You need to remove material that should not be there as well as adjusting for new growth. It can be a lot in even two week intervals.

Thrush is also best addressed by a functioning back foot (see Bowker proceedings links below). In bad weather, applying Nutmotizine with cotton or diaper bandage, wrapping with plastic wrap then boot or duct tape the foot (stay off the coronet band) has worked for me.  If you are soaking her in vinegar it is unlikely that boot rubs are a problem. I've seen how vinegar would not be tolerated.

I'm not a vet either but seen enough to know that if you are suspecting abscess, bute is not the answer.

The Vascular Cushion of the Frog: Avoiding Consequences of Laminitis through an Understanding of Fascia, Microvessels, and Dissipation of Energy
Robert M. Bowker, VMD, PhD

Nancy C in NH
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