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Posted 09 November 2009 - 08:43 PM
The farrier didn't say anything about white line disease--so it's not that....he would have mentioned it.
Here's a picture of kind of what it is--but this is way worse: hoof separation
Posted 09 November 2009 - 09:35 PM
Posted 09 November 2009 - 09:51 PM
It hasn't been too muddy or too wet this summer and fall. My horses are all stalled at night--in dry stalls, so whatever it's doing outside they have a break from. They are fed whole flax too--but about 5 months ago I reduced them to once a day vs. twice. Maybe Rosie needs it twice again. She will get rasped every 3-4 weeks, then trimmed by the farrier every 8--so she'll be kept short and filed.
Thanks so much for your reply. I'll surely keep my eye on her. It was caught so early, so it's not bad--sometimes when I checked her while waiting for the farrier, we couldn't find the problem. Rosie's going to get very good at having her feet played with.
Posted 09 November 2009 - 10:46 PM
Not sure if this will be any help but it sounds very much like what out quarter horse stallion had - this was several years ago when we raised quarter horses.
We had his hoof x-rayed and worked closely with our farrier and our vet.
It was diagnosed as a start of white line disease. We soaked his foot once a day with a mixture of iodine/epsom salts and warm water. I was told that the important thing was to keep his feet as dry as possible and to make sure the affected area was exposed to the air. I would always dry his hoof completely when I took it out of the mixture.
It must have felt good because this huge stallion would stand there with his foot in the mixture while I went about with my other chores.
He did fine and often if we had wet, muddy paddocks it would flare up, again. I would just start back with his treatments and soon his foot would clear up.
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 11:59 PM
To me....is sounds like you might want to treat it like white line disease, just to be on the safe side.
Posted 10 November 2009 - 12:13 AM
Only way to get rid of it, is have a knowledgeable farrier cut off all the outer affected area's, and rebuild the hoof with a medicated bonding material. Then he built up shoes for her with simular material, to help keep the bonding in place.
It is very important to get all of the diease cut out, other wise it will happen over and over again.
Luckily she was in her special shoes when we moved here and already being treated. We just have grass and clay soil,, knock on wood, we haven't had any more white line issues.
Posted 10 November 2009 - 02:09 AM
the pictures that you posted of what..kinda... your horses hooves look like.. appear like they are just being effected by either really dry or really wet conditions (hard to tell without seeing!) if you picture the live tissues that form the shape of the sole , indenting at the white line, kinda doming the sole. I was just wondering the footing that your horse is on during the day and night? if too wet it can cause all the false sole to sluff off and form that separation at the white line(rinses off the exfoliating sole a little too soon), and if too dry a callus will form in the same area with the same gap. these pics are not what my gelding gets which is white line disease. But i do see this in my mom's quarter horses when I go to trim them. It is usually the ones who are a little thin soled an when the temperature drops or rises.
but i would still like to see pictures (when you get a chance)
Hope i can help
Posted 10 November 2009 - 02:24 AM
i will try to get picture (unless i see one from you) of what i think your horses hooves look like as i live in a area where i see everything!
Posted 10 November 2009 - 04:13 AM
I have had just about every one of my horses large and small have hoof separation at one point or another. Every single time this has happened its a simple matter of doing their feet a little more often or rasping their feet every 3 weeks in between farrier visits. (Which are usually every 6-8 weeks but sometimes something happens or my farrier or myself have to go out of town)
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 05:26 AM
To answer a few questions--it really hasn't been too wet or too dry here at all. We've had very balanced seasons this year. Muddy for a few days--then it dries up, but not to a dusty state. All the pastures have very short grass--and are what I'd consider soft. Nothing sandy, nothing hard. Stalls are always dry with shavings--dirt floors. There's nothing harsh and nothing extreme that's lasted more than a few days. That's one part that seems odd to me. It'd be easier to understand if we have had extreme conditions--as in years past.
Thanks for the replies everyone! I appreciate reading through them. Off to the barn for chores and to clean Rosie's feet!
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