Maaco - 4 year old 16.1 HH Paint horse came to the farm on Oct. 31st for training. His feet were in horrible shape, but were much better after a good trim job. He has done wonderfully in training, but in the past few weeks - during which we had TONS of rain - he started getting pretty ouchy. I did the usual - painting the soles, soaking in Lysol, using Keratex - and he started getting slightly better, however his toes kept wearing down. Then his owner took him on a trail ride - not his first one here - and came up pretty ouchy the next day. I started Bute, and had his farrier - who was there for another horse - look at him. Maaco was very reactive on the hoof testers, and there was a slight bulging on soles of his toes. Farrier said it was from him pawing....only, the horse doesn't paw.
That's when I starting wondering if he wasn't getting Lamanitic, so I called my own farrier out. She applied casting tape, which he promptly destroyed the next day. That's when she put front shoes on him, to prevent him from wearing his toes down, and the medial sides of his hoof wall, and rubber pour in pads, for support.
Three days ago we had our Dentist - who is also a DVM - Xray him to make sure there was no rotation. These are the Xrays that will be posted here ASAP. I would love y'alls thoughts on them - specifically if you think there has been any rotation. I will post what the vet and farrier both thought, after y'all see the Xrays.
Last edited by Freebird!; Jan. 22, 2009 at 08:59 PM.
Why does it have to be posted by a Premium member?
Photobucket.com = free and stupidly simple to use. Flickr.com isn't too far behind. Webshots.com is the easiest of all, but I can't stand their interface and they make the viewer jump thru big hoops to see a full-size large image.
The soles are not trimmed at all - other then to take of any callouses etc. in the way.
His diet is being addressed, and he is being switched to Triple Crown Complete. Unfortunately, he is still underweight, so it is a catch 22 between reducing carbs, but not allowing him to drop weight. Thanks for your feedback!
JD-what is going on at the bottom arrows? Some kind of demineralization?
So what do you those angles tell you as far as the hoof? Breakover too far forward creating the angles you pointed out up higher?
Top to bottom~~~
Fetlock- roughing of the sesamoid(sesamoiditis)
Fetlock joint- lack of joint spacings
Pastern- lack of joint spacing comparatively to the LF
Foot~~ hard to give an opine, not a true lateral; caudal portion of the foot lacks good sole depth; looks like a heel crack of some sorts or broken bar.
Again the foot portion of the rad is up for interpetation not "REAL" confirmation because of the angle of the shot taken.