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Case Study "Lily"

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Lily is a seven year old mare who was severely foundered in all four feet.  She had been on a rich diet including pasture and sweet feed, and was overweight.  I gave her her first natural barefoot trim in July of '07.  Lily's hoof walls were flared, and her right hind hoof wall had a large "chunk" missing in the front where the delaminated hoof wall had broken out.  Lily's owner was very conscientious about her treatment.  She eliminated all sweet feed, restricting  Lily's diet to grass hay.  We fitted Lily with hoof boots, and her owner began a regimen of soaking Lily's hooves every other day and packing them with medicine her vet recommended to combat a fungus that was attacking the torn lamina in her hooves.  We set her up on a schedule of regular trims at 4 week intervals.

 

July '07 thru December '07
right front hoof

The first four pictures capture the beginning of Lily's journey from founder to soundness.  Her hoof wall is flared and delaminated.  Frame (2) shows lamina missing between the inside of her outer hoof wall and her sole.  The arrow in frame (3) indicates the end of the well-attached hoof wall growth and the beginning of the flare and delamination. Our goal is for her to grow well connected hoof wall from the coronet band to the ground. 

Frames 5 thru 8 were taken December 21, 2007.  Lily's right front hoof wall is continuing to grow from the coronet band down.  The  arrow in frame (7) indicates the progress of Lily's well-attached hoof wall growth when compared with the arrow in frame (3).  In frame (6) her sole is beginning to look healthier and in frame (8) she is beginning to show a little concavity from the bottom of the collateral groove at the tip of her frog to the edge of her sole at the toe.  This concavity is not the result of carving into her sole, but rather the result of a natural growth of sole thickness.  I can visualize Lily's coffin bone assuming a more natural position higher within her hoof capsule as the hoof capsule grows down around the coffin bone.


(July '07)

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(Dec. '07)

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July '07 thru December '07
right rear hoof

Below are pictures of Lily's right rear hoof.  Keep in mind that she was foundered on all four hooves.  I have chosen to show pictures of her right front and right rear hooves because they were the worst.  Her right rear wall hoof had a large chunk missing from the toe where her previous farrier had removed the area between two wall cracks, as shown in frame (1).  Frame (2) shows a hoof pick inserted between the outer wall and the remaining dead lamina attached to her coffin bone.  Removing the majority of the flare in the lower third of Lily's right rear hoof gave her hoof a more normal shape, as can be seen in frame (4), and set the stage for the gradual elimination of the missing chunk by the time of her December trim.  In frames (5) thru (8) her hoof is looking much better.  A ways to go, but she is happy and comfortable without her hoof boots.


(July '07)
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(August '07)
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(August '07)
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(December '07)
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(December '07)
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(December '07)
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(December '07)
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