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tatti

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Couldnt ride last night as he was bitten to hell in the field by the pesky midges, despite a good fly sheet with neck piece and fly mask and covered with sudacream underneath, as they like to have a good bite at his bits and pieces. Poor boy!

So, gave him a good groom instead, and found something horrid in his hoof - I have been really up to date with his thrush in this feet, and have sharp proddy thing that came from a manacure set at home, its small enough to pick out any rubbish from his seedy toe and stuff the redhorse putty back in. When hoof picking and cleaning before he was tucked away for the night, I had a really good poke around, rather than just using the hoof pick and, between the outer wall/white line area, and up to the edge of the bars on the underside of the hoof which BFT has been trimming down, I thought he had some compacted mud and lifted it, only to find some of his sole came away and underneath was this foul smelling black thrush. Same case on the other side. A really small area and could easily have been missed but, perhaps that didnt help when he was limping on that leg. I have scrapped it away, cleaned and treated.

So, rode this morning, he is back to his normal self while walking accross the yard, no limping, yey!

He trotted just fine in the field ans seemed very happy.  No heat etc from having some extra grass, as we have enlarged is area, just a little, but keeping an eye on. I dont want him to poach his field too much, as my YO wont be happy, its hard when its not your land.

Shall take some photos, hooves have definately grown some more, I am amazed at how much, hate the separtion underneath though, thats still there and his feet are not pretty but, the main thing is that he is sound again, was very worrying for a good 3 weeks really and to be honest still dont know the exact cause, I still dont think it was abscess as he would have got worse, not better, perhaps it was a combintion of things.

Funny how you start to look at other horses feet and feet with shoes on when you try barefoot, I am always wanting to pick up other barefoot horses to admire or look at hooves with shoes on, just to see how they are looking. I am not saying we shall remain barefoot forever, but, we didnt have a choice at the time.

 

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Yey, we are cooking with gas!

Had the best schooling session every with him, lovely trot, very collected and full of energy, he really tried bless him. Gone up again to the next size boots, we keep swapping! Back in his size 3 cavallo boots, as his feet are growing too much. I wish they made half sizes as he would be a perfect 2.5! Have put thick padding in as well, so they are nice and comfortable. Slight movement when you move them but, only slight, whereas the size 2 were getting hard to get on and he had a rub mark the other day, doesnt help that he has one foot bigger than the other. Watching his growth line and if you look from the side, it will show how his hoof should grow down, and he shall end up with quite small feet.

Seedy toe seems to be closing and the white line is tightening up. I just wish I had a tarmac road that I could walk him along but, our tracks are deep into the countryside so very sharp shingle and rocks, but how can I get him to self trim more and used to walking on different surfaces, he shall never be a rock cruncher if he goes from soft grass field to hoof boots? Taking some more photos tomorrow.

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Thursday 30th August 2012

 

Outer layer on bottom of one of his hooves has come away, as before, its the damaged bruise nail/bind area from the shoing, I know that it all has to come away in the end but, I worry that he shall go lame again. Took photos today, 3 weeks on from his last trim, they have really grown, they dont show it in the photos but I notice, also they have come out very orange in colour, dont know why, he doesnt really have that colour feet. Have been really on top of the thrush and the frogs look a lot better. Still packing the seedy toe with putty after flushing every 3 days.  He is standing totally square on the concrete yard , although the photo I took was of him doesnt show that! Oh well. I have no idea if the feet are improving by looking at before and after photos, all I know, is that he is sound . Had another good session today, he doesnt trip when wearing his boots now, I guess it was just an adjustment factor.

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In his hoof boots

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The sole on this hoof is starting to shed. When I clean with my hoof pick, the sole is coming away, near where it has the glazed/cracked effect. Have been told this is a good sign, as the old sole may come away to reveal a hard new one! Hope that is the case and its not just going to come away and leave a massive hole underneath.

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