I realize this whole process takes time, but I just hate to see her sore if there's something I can do to help her. She's so much better on the left front that I'm worried there's something else going on with her right foot. She showed a little bit of discomfort there before we even took the shoes off, so I don't think it's entirely because she's barefoot.
I'm torn about what I should do, though. If it is in her hoof, it could be something as "simple" as an abscess, or it could be that she has a thin sole. Maybe she just has heel pain because she's not wearing shoes and for other obvious reasons. The boots and the Happy Hoof Pads should help with the sole and the heel pain, but I'm not sure she can wear the boots 24/7. So far, no rub marks on her feet but I worry about them getting damp and leading to other issues.
We think she might have another abscess brewing, but I checked her digital pulse today and everything seemed normal. I actually felt a stronger pulse on her hind feet...
I'm treating her as though she does have thrush. That could be part of the soreness if she does have any and since it can't hurt, I've been squirting apple cider vinegar in there. She's got a pretty deep central sulcus crack in each foot still, and even though I don't really see anything in there, we're taking precautions. I'm looking at a couple other options too, but for now it's the ACV.
I've been keeping her boots as clean as humanly possible, and I pour a bunch of Gold Bond powder in the boots before I put them on to help with any moisture that might get in there.
I may end up getting a lameness exam done on her, and depending on what the vet says, we could end up with x-rays or some nerve blocking to try and figure out where the pain is coming from. If it's just heel pain, I prefer not to go overboard with the vet visit, but the x-rays would be nice to see just to make sure there aren't any signs of navicular. We would also be able to see how thick/thin her soles are.
So I continue to ponder...
When I had her in the barn today, I decided to take some pictures of her hind feet. I think they look really good, but I'm curious if there are any other comments about her feet. :)
|Medial side of left front|
Finally, I tried to get a video of Lilly walking around her pasture in her boots. The boys were occupying the round pen area, so I tried to do this in the pasture instead, and I failed miserably. She wants me to scratch her, not record her!