Friday, November 17, 2006

Good Intentions ~ Bad Ending

It was a case of Unintended Consequences.

We thought we would give the horses a treat by turning them out in the neighbor's 10 acre pasture for a few days. They could run, frolic, kick up their heels and eat real grass.

We should have known better.

When we went down the next day, Bree, the lead mare could hardly walk. It took 20 minutes to get her back to Camp Geezer, normally a 5 minute trip.

We thought she just sprained a muscle and would get over it with a little rest.

After a week with little improvement, we decided to call The Vet.

We're fortunate that our vet is a former Farrier. He knows his way around a horse's drivetrain.

He discovered a small cut on the bottom of her hoof. It was all but invisible until he started trimming and digging the material away from the injury site, then we could see it.

Think Root Canal.

The treatment he prescribed is a Wet Boot filled with Epsom Salts for 12 hours, then a Dry Boot for the same period.

Mrs. Geezer and I are getting pretty good at changing it. Teamwork.

We decided to use the trailer because it is dry inside.

In the second picture you can see the injury site near the point of the V and slightly below. It looks like a tiny red strawberry. The Epsom Salts are drawing out the infection.

The hoof is discolored because I squirted Iodine on it.

The Duct Tape around the top of the boot is to keep dirt out.

The treatment is working, she's walking better and the infection is clearing up.

If you need a good Horse Vet with a sense of humor, I recommend Dr. David Hayes.

Why doesn't the horse have horsey shoes? Would that have helped prevent the injury?
We like to keep them barefoot, it's actually better for them unless you're going to ride them in rocky places.
The horseshoes wouldn't have helped because the injury was in the center of the frog of her foot and the horseshoes only go around the perimeter.
Well, on second thought, it might have helped a little because the foot would have been raised up around 3/8ths of an inch.
Or not.
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