4 December 2006 - these photos show the cracks starting to appear in Lucy's sole. I had made a sand yard for her, and she was spending quite a lot of time lying down.
4 December 2006
7 January 2007 - separation at the coronary band. From this time on Lucy's hoof was bandaged with a disposable nappy and elastic bandage. She removed the bandage by chewing on it when she was lying down, and got a couple of infections. I had to find a way to keep the bandage on, and found the Bluegrass Deluxe Equine slipper at J.C. Milton Farrier Supplies in Emu Plains. It is a very strong poly canvas with a leather sole. It has withstood over 8 months of constant use. This was successful in keeping the bandage on I didn't have any further problems with infection.
7 January 2007 - pedal bone has penetrated the sole
Bluegrass Deluxe Equine Slipper
25 February 2007 - my farrier trimmed Lucy's hoof at the front after which she seemed to have more difficulty walking, so I asked him to build it up again with Vettec hoof extender. This did not bring any improvement and the extension came off when we had some heavy rain
25 February 2007
25 February 2007 - the farrier also applied some packing in an effort to give her more support
Lucy and sister Amy having a hug
Lucy's companion Amy
From March through to April Lucy seemed be in increasing pain, and I was becoming very concerned that I may have to put her down if I could not find a way of alleviating it. It seemed to me that the old hoof capsule was cutting into the open flesh at the coronary band, and that this was probably causing at least some of her pain. I asked my vet to trim the hoof directly under the coronary band, but this did not bring much relief as there was still contact. I found a farrier named John Gorman who had experience treating foundered horses. He started trimming the hoof capsule from the heel forward and as it was all dead, he kept going and ended up removing most of the hoof wall, as can be seen in the next photo . The relief for Lucy was immediate, although the hoof looked pretty awful. She began to bear more weight on the it, which was a relief because it meant the other hoof was in less danger of developing laminitis. Not long after this I stopped the Bute, and she hasn't been back on it since.
18 April 2007 - this photo was taken the day after John Gorman removed the hoof wall
18 April 2007 - When I took this photo I thought I could see a bit of hoof under the old fibrous tissue
18 April 2007
Lucy in April 2007 - walking much better and out in the paddock for an hour a day.
20 May 2007 and the flesh at the coronary band is beginning to heal over. John Gorman trimmed more off the front and we could see that there was new hoof underneath.
20 May 2007
24 June 2007. John has trimmed Lucy's heel and the hoof is better aligned with the ground.
24 June 2007 - there is still the remnant of the old hoof protruding at the front and we will gradually trim that back
24 June 2007 - this shot and the next show the start of tubular hoof growth
24 June 2007
24 June 2007 - the separation at the coronary band is healing over. Lucy is now back out in the paddock and while she is still quite lame, she is trotting and cantering, and seems to be relatively comfortable.
24 June 2007 - a couple of days after this shot was taken I trimmed some of the area around the frog and saw that there was hard sole underneath
17 July 2007
17 July 2007 - only a small area of exposed tissue now at the point of the frog.
28 July 2007
7 August 2007
21 August 2007 - John has trimmed back some of the old hoof at the front, as well as the frog and sole. The following photos show the changes this trim has brought to the hoof. I would like to express my appreciation for the great job John has done for Lucy.
21 August 2007
Lucy and sister Amy 21 August 2007. The coronet and sole appeared solid, so we thought she was ready to go barefoot .
31 August 2007
9 September 2007
16 September 2007 - I did this trim because John couldn't come due to EI outbreak, and Lucy was sorer afterwards.
16 September 2007
16 September 2007 - I had not trimmed the frog and it was too exposed, and did not get the level of the sole right in relation to the wall. This shot was taken after I tried to correct problems from previous trim, but there wasn't much improvement - we are missing John's expertise!!
30 September 2007 - new hoof growing down from coronet
30 September 2007
30 September 2007 - John still not able to come due to EI so I have trimmed again and this time found a small hole in the sole to the right of the point of the frog.
30 September 2007 - when I put my finger in the hole, I could feel the spongy tissue that covers the bone. To avoid infection and further damage I have put the boot back on until the hole is covered
27 March 2008
Lucy 27 March 2008
30 March 2008. Today I trimmed the wall to remove the roughness that can be seen in the photos taken on the 27th of March
30 March 2008
Lucy 30 March 2008
14 August 2008
30 November 2008
July 2009 - Lucy had an abscess which burst at the coronet.
July 2009 - I am using a new trimmer, Darren Robertson, who has a slightly different approach to John Gorman. He is has trimmed back the wall at the front and is trimming the sole near the frog and heels to realign the pedal bone.
July 2009 - still a ways to go before it looks like a normal hoof
July 2009 - Now that the abscess has drained, Lucy is walking quite freely, and I am optimistic that she will continue to improve.
August 2009 - Darren seems to be pleased with the progress Lucy is making. She is bearing weight well on the hoof, and I have been riding her for short periods
Xrays taken March 2011 - this is Lucy's off hind (good hoof)
Foundered hoof showing damage to pedal bone. Shoe was fitted Christmas 2010 to provide support. Shoe has been removed
June 2011. Lucy has had treatment from Equine masseur Rebecca Booth which has brought great improvement in her mobility.
Hoof wall after a trim.