What do i need to do to see improvement?


mel
 

My horse is still no better.

Hes been wrong a year now. hes been barefoot since march. since about
may hes been the same soundness wise. he toe flicks, gets sore just
before trimming if left too long (currently going 3 weeks) and sore
after trimming for a day or so. his last laminitis attack was january.

he was stabled 24/7 and i've slowly upped his time outside. hes in a
very bare patch and has a staple diet of soaked hay. he is fed twice
daily on hi-fi lite, speedi beet, and then magnesium, cinnamon, yea-
saac, a herbal laminitis supplement/liver detox from global herbs and
a general purpose supplement. i have also tried jiagulan.

it seems no matter what i do hes no worse. but no better either!? hes
now happy and able to go outside at least but hes not any sounder. he
will amble on concrete slowly but is booted for all hard surfaces.
he'll happily walk round the field/school but hes not sound. hes short
and also unlevel at the front. his right foot has been worse the whole
way through.

his feet look visably better than 6 months ago. better shape and WLD
growing out. i soak them to prevent infection.

he costs me a fortune to keep. going down twice a day. living on hay
and all these supplements. sometimes i carry on and forget about it
but other times i feel fed up. i have a horse i cant ride that cant
lead a normal life.

hes about right weight wise. you can see his ribs but i think because
hes not worked. from behind hes not thin and hes got weight elsewhere.
i'd say hes about right. hes a 14.2hh welsh cob. 14 years old. vet
said hes not a cushings type and hasnt tested. though i did have some
basic bloods run and each came back within the labs 'normal' range.
his glucose/insulin ration actually worked out at 2.9 or something
though. he looks better than he did back then, no fat pads about eyes
etc. but hes still not right feet wise.

will he ever be? (x rays were last taken in feb. showed nothing
significant at the time).


Eleanor Kellon, VMD <drkellon@...>
 

--- In EquineCushings@..., "mel" <mel832001@...> wrote:

My horse is still no better.
D: Diagnosis.

You know he's insulin resistant. He's a bit young for Cushing's and
with no worsening in the fall the seasonal rise doesn't sound like
an issue but you never know unless you test.

D: Diet (no drugs needed)

You really need to get your hay tested to make sure it's low enough.
I'd drop the other two feeds, just feed a few ounces of ground flax.
You need to know the minerals in the hay so that you can balance it.
It can make a big difference.

T: Trim

Please post hoof photos - side, front, back and sole view.

Eleanor


J Amick
 

Do you have any boots on him to protect that foot from the ground?
Perhaps you should look into this. Try the diaper boot first to see if
he responds to the additional softness.

I was in the same boat for about 6-7 months, then had additional xrays
taken recently and found
that my gelding has grown an "elf" pointed tip at the end of his
coffin bone. This
came from last year's penetration of the coffin bones on both front.
BOTH
fronts have this. In speaking with Dr. K, and a few other specialists
the tip is being "remodeled", and he needs the soft ride boots. This
horse can NEVER be barefoot, is exactly what I was told by a podiatrist
vet, and I am now looking into glue on shoes. Since I put the
Soft ride boots on him,
he is now gaiting up a storm in the pasture. He has had NO shoes on
since January.

Just some food for thought.
Judy-PA




mel wrote:

My horse is still no better.

Hes been wrong a year now. hes been barefoot since march. since about
may hes been the same soundness wise. he toe flicks, gets sore just
before trimming if left too long (currently going 3 weeks) and sore
after trimming for a day or so. his last laminitis attack was january.