since my horse foundered he continues to have issues. his feet heat up often. his right foot which was most effected does not grow the hoof wall well, this foot is shorter than the other. i have had my hay tested (low in sugar). he gets farriers formula daily, no grain. i had a blood test done for sugar which was normal. his paddock is sand. i had him on thyro-l for 1 month which did not make a difference. i'm discourage and am not sure what to do next. i would like to make him comfortable to ride again and avoid anymore issues with laminitis. do you have any different ideas that i might try for him
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I am sorry no one has been able to help before know.Can you tell me how long it has been since he foundered?Have you had x rays just to be sure the coffin bone has not rotated?Have you been working with a farrier that specializes in hoof deformities or has experience with this?Have they tried trimming creating a mustang roll on the front of the hoof? How often are you getting them trimmed?Is he normally shod or barefoot?I may have additional questions depending on your reply.CandyERPetNurse41065.0399589468
I'm sorry it took so long to get back to you. It has been just about a year since my horse foundered. He's been x-rayed twice and there is a slight rotation in the coffin bone. The vet I have been working with said it was slight but we are not making progress. When I got this horse he was shod and has been all along. At this point he has aluminum glue on shoes with padding. We have not tried the trimming to creat a mustang roll I can suggest this to my farrier. He is being Trimmed every 6 weeks. The worst foot, the hoof wall does not grow well at all. His sole is growing back well. The original x- ray showed a slight drop in the coffin bone as well. When he is in his paddock he doesn't seem to be bothered but when I work with him he bobs his head when that foot has pressure on it. I would like to ride him again of at all possible.
Thank you very much for the additional information. The first thing I would recommend is locating a farrier that has experience working with hoof deformities. If the coffin bone has both rotated and dropped then in all honesty you may be looking at field retirement at this point. If he is still so painful after 1 year then you may never be able to ride him. When ridding it is possible that the coffin bone is applying pressure to the frog and there is a chance that riding can cause the coffin bone to break through the frog and then you are dealing with a whole different set of issues.Trimming every 4 weeks make help promote growth or you can ask you farrier about shortening the heal down to the edge of the hard sole in a wedge cut , this should end about 1/2-3/4 of an inch behind the frog ( he should know what this means) . This will rock the weight back on the heal and remove pressure on the coffin boneI would also highly recommend discussing a hoof plate in addition to the shoe. THis can also be used unshod for 8-16 weeks in many cases this is very helpful in laminae regeneration, and growth in the hoof wall. I am going to give you some information on this so you can pass this on to the farrierClick here Working with a farrier that specializes in these types of problems and perhaps trying the hoof plate may be the best chance at getting him sound enough to ride again.I hope this helps, please reply back if you have additional questionsCandy
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