First off, we need to keep working on getting rid of that white line disease or whatever is giving him toe cracks and hoof wall separation. He said I need to get in there with a hoof pick and clean out all the muck and mud and dead stuff really well then put Tomorrow up there DAILY. Those cracks go up pretty far under the hoof wall and they won't close up until I kill whatever is living up there.
He also gave me a bottle of stuff to soak his feet in that will help kill the crap living in his hoof.
The other thing he said was that I need to knock his heels back more and roll the toes more so that there is less pressure on the toes. If there is too much pressure on the toe it just helps those cracks open up even more.
And last but not least, he suggested I put Twister on supplement containing lots of copper and vitamin E. Copper to help kill fungus and bacterial. Vitamin E to help boost his immune system to prevent this in the future. WHO CAN SUGGEST A SUPPLEMENT FOR ME???? Twister is already on a good deal of biotin.
So this week I have some work to do. Planning on trimming Twister on Thursday and keeping up with the Tomorrow in his feet daily. He said if I don't see a difference in a couple weeks to take straight tea tree oil and squirt that up those black holes.
What REALLY pisses me the hell off though, is that I actually thought this girl knew what she was doing. I kept getting told his feet were a mess because there was no good blood flow and that his feet didn't work hard enough and my pastures were too nice. When in reality he has some nasty shit going on up in his hoof wall that I should have been treating since LAST YEAR. Never once was it suggested by my ex-trimmer that he had something going on up there that needed medicinal help! I'm an amateur barefooter! Almost every horse I have ever leased or rode was shod... except for Lu but she'd been barefoot forever and had feet of steel. Just to think.... I could be over this crap by now with him. At least Twister is patient with me..... and at least I know that there is and END to this in the near future. In another month or so I'll probably have this other trimmer come out and do a full trim for me. But I have to trim so often that I need to learn how to trim Twister correctly myself. If I take my time, I can get it right!
Gotta fix these feet so we can show this summer and break babies this fall!!!!
|The black hole this past spring... |
Hasn't really improved at all...