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Mishy

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  1. Mishy

    Split in hoof :(

    Hi Rach Thanks for your input. I agree that the weight on her hoof might actually be encouraging the hoof to split further. The farrier has cut away the 'infected' portion of the hoof and has raised that section so that it no longer comes into contact with the ground. When I checked her today the piece cut out by the farrier is healing very well. I will try and get a photo tomorrow. She actually appears to have a little soft piece (about the size of my pinky nail) of hoof, just below the coronet band, that has me quite concerned. The farrier thinks it is scar tissue and that the fault may be there forever I will upload pictures of the improvements. At this stage, I would prefer to not put shoes on her, but if I get no joy with the current plan, I will definitely look into it. Thanks again for your input Cheers
  2. Mishy

    Split in hoof :(

    So today the farrier was at the agistment place. My husband is still unable to attend to the horses feet as he is unwell so I had the farrier trim Gypsy. He trimmed out some of her hoof so that I could treat "the bug" and hopefully it will start to heal now that we can treat it adequately. We will continue to treat the infection and see if this improves. Any suggestions on other things that I should be doing? Thanks Pictures:
  3. Mishy

    Split in hoof :(

    On the upside. She is still showing no signs of lameness and the hairline crack (at the very top, closest to the coronet) seems to be improving (well new hoof that is coming in appears to be healthier than it previously was). Today I had a little trail ride (nothing more than walk and trot) and I did put her Cavallos on her as I thought it might support the hoof a little. I scraped the crack again, cleaned and soaked it before applying putty. I can take pictures again tomorrow, if anyone is interested.
  4. Mishy

    Split in hoof :(

    OK I think I have my computer worked out so I will give uploading pictures another go. This is her foot, sole and the split And this is her foot after I scraped it out, bleached it and treated it. What else should I be doing?
  5. Mishy

    Split in hoof :(

    Sorry... I forgot to attach the picture
  6. Hi guys I haven't been on here in soooo long and I thought that we had my girls hooves all sorted. I was wrong!! Now I am back to beg for some help. Rundown is: Before Xmas my girl kicked a stick while we were out riding. I hopped off and checked her and she had a tiny puncture wound to her coronet band. I walked her home and soaked it and applied antiseptic to the area. It appeared to all be fine and healing well BUT it actually travelled down her hoof (as the hoof grew the hole travelled) and you could see the 'injury' moving slowly down the hoof. Fast forward 5 months and the original wound is still travelling down the hoof BUT the hoof now has a crack in it. This crack is going up to the coronet band! At the bottom part of the hoof, the crack is wider than towards the top (I'm assuming because of the weight on her hoof causing separation?) to counteract this we (well my husband) have been trying to keep that section of wall from bearing weight. Every now and then it appears to be working and the split towards the top of the hoof (near the coronet band) appears to be no more than a hair line crack, although you can still see that it is there. I am concerned that this is going to be a lifelong injury for her. A few weeks back (probably a month ago) we altered their feed and since then BOTH of our horses have developed lines (laminitic?) around their hooves. BOTH horses, on ALL four feet, occurring at about the same distance down the hoof so it has to be a feed change (I think). My girl didn't seem herself a few days into the change so we cut the new feed from their diet but she still seems a little "not right". I have not been riding her as she seemed agitated and grumpy and I thought she might have been sore. Two weeks ago she seemed a lot happier so I rode (for about 6 mins on the Saturday) and she was fabulous. Couldn't have asked more of her so I ended quickly(on a good note) and thought that she was over the worst of it. On Sunday she was back to looking glum and I haven't ridden her since. My question is; What do we do to treat the crack? Apart from keeping that section off the ground. Should I apply some type of resin over the split to ensure it doesn't keep on re-opening? Do I get an expert farrier out to trim away the crack and then put some sort of spackle/resin/glue substance in it? Any advice will be greatly appreciated. I will attempt to attach a picture. Thank you
  7. Mishy

    Hoof Abcess

    Another update My husband went away with work and wasn't able to tend to my horses feet (he does it each week or f/n) so I had a farrier trim my husbands feet as he was developing nasty cracks (one in each foot) and I didn't want to let it continue so I had the farrier trim them. He was very impressed with the job that my husband had been doing on both of our horses YAY He didn't trim my horse as he thought she was fine to wait for my husband BUT he did have a look and found a puncture wound in her frog that he believes started the abcess :0. My poor girl had suffered an injury and people were telling me that she should be shod to prevent lameness!!! She is putting weight on nicely and is almost back to her starting weight. Her rain scald is all but gone. Her hooves has grown substantially (enough so that her cavallos no longer fit) but my husband is fixing her feet on wednesday. All in all she is almost back to her previous self. I am off to research the dreaded bug (and splits) but just wanted to give an update. Thanks for all of your advice guys. You are really assisting me to aquire the required horsey knowledge. Thanks!!!!!!
  8. Mishy

    Hoof Abcess

    Hi Kaz Just wondering which book you recommend? I have found Natural Horse Care. Is that the right one to get me started? Thanks (I had been hearing about copper deficiency and read that it can make the hair seem sort of curly and my girls hair was looking weird but I thought it was due to her winter coat)
  9. Mishy

    Hoof Abcess

    It's funny Avril as she used to be VERY nippy and I used to be scared the whole time I was leading her (into the paddock etc) that she would bite me while I wasn't looking. Tthen one day I took her for a walk (we walked for about 4 hours) and she didn't attempt to bite me once. Now it is a very strange day if she attempts to nip. I have had her for 7 months so we are still developing our relationship and she still has moments when she reverts back to her past behaviour but those behaviours are few and far between now. I really enjoy just being with her so the long walks clear my head and allow her to enjoy the walk without any added pressure. She is almost 7 now. Di I haven't heard of adding sulpher to her diet. I do add a supplement but it is equillibrium so maybe I need to do some more research and see what I can find out . Has your horse had any other abcesses since? "People" (at the agistment) have been saying that she might be 'prone' to them as she is a TB but surely they can't group all types of breed into one group and say "yep TB will have......' 'standy is like....' can they? I was hoping that our management of her would impact significantly on her well being and making changes for the better would improve her quality of life (not that she had a bad life!!!). I understand that I can't change major things (like conformation and what have you) but things like hoof health, feed quality etc can be altered and I was hoping these could sort of create an environment where she wouldn't get abcessess etc. Poor girl also has rain scald so if anyone has an opinion on a way to treat that I would be greatful. I have washed her with antibacterial shampoos, treated it with tea tree (to try and kill the bug), placed antibacterial creams on it, treated it with antibacterial powder (thats the latest thing I am trying). The poor girl doesn't like me going near her back now as she is feeling sore from all the poking and prodding. If her diet was really well balanced would she still be likely to get rainscald?
  10. Mishy

    Hoof Abcess

    Update on my girl. She now has her bandages off and is sporting a boot to keep it dry for a few more days. She is no longer lame (after about day two she was walking fine). She is confined to a large yard without a dam (lucky as she loves water) so her foot is drying nicely, even with all the rain. The vet thinks she can go back in with the herd this weekend so things are looking up She has been wormed and is putting on nice weight. She is now rugged as well and is loosing her winter coat so is looking lovely and shiny. I love her healthy looking summer coat. I was really worried about her winter coat as it looked 'drab' sort of and I thought her diet was really unbalanced and out of kilter but she seems fine. I will put her into the large paddock on saturday and monitor how she comes in on sunday. The vet thinks she will be right to ride next week but I want to wait and see as she still has quite a piece of sole missing (it's about the size of a 5c piece). The vet thinks that because she wears boots she will be fine but I don't want to risk it just yet. I might put her boots on her and take her for a walk just so that she can have a look around. She loves being lead like a dog and looking at the sights together. It gives us time to develop our relationship as well. I will try and get a picture of her hoof when I change her boot tonight. Thanks for the support guys as I was really down last week and questioning if I am the 'right' person to own a horse. This week I know I can do the right thing by her
  11. Mishy

    Hoof Abcess

    Could the abcess have been forming since her last episode (the stone bruise that occurred weeks back-the vet thought not) She has lost so much weight in the past few weeks. Yesterday she was in much higher spirits and was very nuzzly and loving. It would break my heart to send her home so I am going to attempt to see if this can be turned around. The vet commented on her feet and thought they were very strong and hard and were being trimmed very well (A HUGE thumbs up for my husband as I was starting to think it was his trimming that was making her sore/lame "oops") That being said he has changed the way he is rasping (ever so slightly, taking just a tiny bit more wall then previously) since reading the ebook. The vet also said that she doesn't need to have shoes put in which comforts me some what as I really want her to be barefoot, if she can be sound this way. My husband will check on her today and give her foot new bandages etc. I will ask him to try and take some photos but it might be hard to wrap/unwrap and take pictures) Now that her diet is fixed up I am hoping that the foot heals and we see no more bouts of lameness. I will take a picture in a few months and hopefully we will see a big change, with no more laminitis lines. I have noticed this past week though that she has some cracks forming in her hoof. What can I do to combat this? Should I soak them or rub oil or some hoof treatment into them? It is in the front hooves and mainly the left one (the right one is the sore one). Her left one now has 5 cracks running up it
  12. Mishy

    Hoof Abcess

    Thanks Tracey I checked her bandages and fed her but didn't soak it or unwrap it or anything. Just made sure she was comfortable and well fed, checked her rug, filled her water, picked up manure etc. She seemed in good spirits but I am in the doldrums. I wonder if perhaps she is better off in a different environment though it means I won't get to see her very often. We have a very safe property that I could put her on but would get there monthly if anything and I am used to seeing her on a weekly basis. Can horse 'just be prone' to abcesses? People said it's because she is a TB but the vet said she has very strong feet and once it heals she will be all good again. So much conflicting advice from so many people (conflicting with my thoughts and beliefs). Aaarrgghhh I want to scream.
  13. I was so 'gung ho' yesterday and was going to have a rasp of my girls feet but when I got to the property she was severely lame. She had difficulty walking and seemed so sad. I checked her over and couldn't find any areas that seemed to be causing her trouble so I phoned the vet. He was unable to attend for a few hours as he had many appointments. Over the course of the day she developed a white 'scraped' looking area that was painful and sort of 'squishy' to touch. Over the next few hours it started to ooze a clear liquid and by the time the vet arrived it was evident that this oozing mess was an abcess. The vet dug out a portion of her hoof sole to allow it to drain and packed it/wrapped it/placed a hoof boot on it and has advised that I leave it wrapped for as long as the bandage stays put (he was thinking ten day) but I am concerned that if I don't soak it or something that it might get an even greater infection in it as I have read that they should be cleansed daily to prevent infection. He didn't administer any pain medication or penicillin or drugs of any sort (not that I think she should be drugged but I thought antibiotics might help?). My question is should she have her foot unwrapped and soaked then re wrapped to prevent infections making it worse?
  14. Mishy

    Barefoot Horse

    I think I just might do it I am heading out there tomorrow so i will have a little go with the rasp so that I can get a feel for it Thanks for the encouragement. I would feel so proud if I was able to learn to maintain her feet (or at least assist)
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    Barefoot Horse

    Thanks for your reply and thanks for confirming my thoughts. I haven't purchased the 10 minute trim yet but will do so shortly. I am loving learning about all things hooves!!! Well actually, all things horses! My husband has been slowly working her feet down but I think that the softly, softly approach is taking forever and when I see the trim videos and books they seem to take quite large amounts of hoof off (significantly more than what we would need to take off) in one session. I will purchase the nee dvd and let my husband have a look at that and see how we go. I am getting concerned as he currently tends to their feet with a rasp (he does it each week or fortnight at the most) and is going away for almost a month. During that time their feet will be picked up and cleaned but not rasped or anything (I just watch him do them). If he gives them a tidy up/rasp off the weekend before he goes will they still be ok in a months time?
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