Treatment and Heart of Iowa Trail

IMG_0072In the early afternoon, I brought JJ in and started to treat his thrush. Here is a picture of what his hoof looks like from the back. The entire area between his heels should be filled with frog. This is not an indictment. The only reason I know how to recognize and treat this is because I have had it happen to my horses in the past. Some horses are just more susceptible to this sort of thing and once it gets going, it burns like a wildfire and it doesn’t take forever for it to develop. This not a management issue. For example, Nellie, who lives in the pasture with JJ, doesn’t have a bit of thrush.

At any rate, I cleaned his hooves and then applied the antibiotic into the sulcus (where the heel bulbs connect). This area should be firm, but you will see on the video that a 1.5″ soft tube can be easily inserted to place the antibiotic at the source of the infection.

I treated all four of his hooves since they are all affected. The hind hooves are less severely affected. After each treatment, I wrapped his hooves with hoofwraps (front) or a duct tape protector (back) IMG_0075IMG_0074I’ll do this for the next three days and then we can probably go without the wraps. We should see improved comfort in a week and some new growth in 2 weeks. He can be ridden lightly in the indoor by early next week.

 

IMG_0076In the later afternoon, Jay and Sammy, Elliot and I and Megan and Nellie trailered to the Heart of Iowa trail in Slater and did 5 miles, mostly in trot and canter. Nellie did well!