Re: To Kay

Kay Howitt <akkray@...>

Thanks for this, never just might be the case with my
horse, too. I do not have access to a good vet...I left my good one in
Anchorage when we moved to Fairbanks in late June. I can consult by phone
with her, but the distance is nearly 400 miles. It is very frustrating
trying to deal with this with a new, less-experienced vet who has a
different approach and not always the most current techniques. However,
today he decided to treat with penicillin in case there is an infection, so
this may help. If we pull the shoes as we probably will in two days, I can
then soak the foot. Actually, since there's no pad, can I soak the foot even
with shoes? I don't have a lot of experience with this, as there was never a
need in the past.

I won't have any surgery done, such as a resection or clipping of the deep
flexor need anyway, at this poin, since there's no rotation. The
horse has been through too much to do that to him. He had a capped elbow
surgery last April, which ended up setting off the cascade of laminitic
events and took 7 months to heal. My horse lived at the vet clinic for 3
months, tied up in the stall for 22 hrs/day the first 6 weeks, as we tried
to get the surgical wound to heal...split open 3 times in spite of our
efforts. Then he lived in a layup facility for another 3 months and I had to
move north without him. I won't have him go live away from me again....too
hard on both of us.

Your suggestion has lots of merit and it sure wouldn't hurt for me to soak
the foot. We're not getting very far with current treatment. Is what you
were describing also called 'white line disease', or is that something

I do have a more positive attitude because of the compassionate posts I read
today. I know I need to keep trying as long as he wants to live. Thanks,

Robin wrote:

Well, to make a long story short, after MONTHS of chronic lameness we
took him to a specialist who was a good distance away... he said the
problem wasn't founder at all, it was persistent infection up high in
the lamina along the toe that would vary with time based on how much
could work its way up between the wall & live portions of the hoof.

After about a month of regular epsome salt soaks, etc., the horse was
sound and stayed that way. I was really young at the time and there
may have been more to the treatment, but I KNOW there was no major
wall removal or anything that way. I believe it was just major
cleanliness, soaking, etc.

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