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Post by fiffur on Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:47 am

How could you possibly forget duct tape? It's the handywoman's secret weapon!

I hope your diaper solution to the thrown shoe keeps on working. I also hope you don't have to find out how much water one of those can hold because somebody went wading or got rained on............
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:52 pm

It's working surprisingly well. Other than losing his bootie, there seems to be nothing different from the regular shoe. His poor hoof wall looks like it's detaching, which can't be good for holding a shoe. Not sure what the next shoeing adventure will hold. Maybe we'll be using diaper shoes for a long time. I hope not. They give ponies foot odor.
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Post by Sue Short on Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:46 pm



Well Coppertox help with that?
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Post by fiffur on Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:00 am

Could it be a nail fungus making the hoof wall separate? Like people who get that nail fungus and it makes the nail fall off us?
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:35 pm

He had something known as white line disease earlier this year. That is kind of like nail fungus in people, and might have started the problem. That disease is gone, but I think the separation is a mechanical thing. I'm sure the farrier is wondering how to take all stress off the toe and keep the shoe on. He has torn up the nail holding part pretty well. I'm thinking we might have to go for glue. Sigh... That is pricey.
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Post by Sue Short on Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:30 pm



OUCH!!!!
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Post by fiffur on Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:23 am

I know the glue is pricy but it might also help hold the hoof wall together until it can grow out healthy unaffected nail material. Too bad there's no such thing as a clip-on shoe. Like those old fashioned rollerskates that used a key to adjust the fit to clip onto your shoes..............(my mom told me about those).
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:42 pm



There are clips that can be drawn out from a shoe.
They have to used with nails or glue.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:55 pm

That they do. I don't know if we'll go for clips because they are usually near the toe. We're trying to leave that toe completely unpressured. I don't know what the plan is. I guess I'll find out soon enough. So far, the diaper and bootie seem to be doing the trick. He isn't too uncomfortable. His hoof wall also isn't as bad as it looked before. It isn't great by any stretch, but there's probably enough there to hold some nails. We'll see...
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Post by fiffur on Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:27 am

How about some 2-part epoxy in the part that's starting to separate, to kinda glue it back together? At least that should hold long enough for that spot to grow out. Just an idea, I glue my nails back together that way when they crack above the quick.
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Post by ARNIgal on Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:54 pm

Poor thing...from the way it sounds though, Sabi seems to be in a great mood Smile
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:39 pm

The separation is more like a nail peeling off from your toe. You can't really glue it to the skin. I'm not sure what's going on, but I'm sure the farrier will explain on Monday.

He IS in a good mood. He has been such a good sport through this whole thing. I think he's made his peace with being the equine equivalent of a cripple. He enjoys his grass and has fun, but he doesn't really try to run as much any more. Short bursts only.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:51 am

He's not only accepted the situation but also the limitations it puts on him. Very smart pony. He's learned not to overdo since it hurts later on. At least he's enjoying life despite his handicap, that's the main thing.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:51 pm

Yesh. That's our goal now. I used to think I could ride him again, but that will not happen. So, all I want is to keep him comfortable enough that he can live out his life and have fun. He is not spending a lot of time lying down, so I know he still wants to be alive.

Today, he went on a roll party of his own. He flopped down near the water tank and just rolled and rolled. It looked like he was having a great time. It was complete with groaning and farting. So funny... He also got up really well, which I watch for because of his foot. I don't want him getting stuck down there. Too hard to get him up!
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:38 pm



Becky, that is great. You and I both know what it means when the
go down. Would have loved to have seen the roll fest I need to
start the equine topic here.
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Post by fiffur on Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:55 am

Ooooo, I bet that rolling felt so good. Glad he was having such a good time of it.
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:10 pm

The farrier said he was just going to leave Sabi's foot alone this time. He likes the way I am keeping his foot elevated with the diaper and vet wrap. Diaper Shoe! Sabi seems pretty comfortable. So, he's just going to leave it alone. So, he trimmed the other feet and we just let him go back outside. He said, "Thank you, Mr. Joe." No fuss no muss. So, I have to go buy a BUNCH of vet wrap and a pack of infant diapers. That will cost about $30. That's less than a shoe, and if he's happy with it, so much the betterl
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Post by Sue Short on Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:26 pm



If it works, it works. It does sound cheaper than a shoe.
To be honest Becky, sometimes you can do to much.
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:49 pm

You're absolutely right, Sue. The farrier said he couldn't get a shoe to stay on that torn up foot and it's best to just leave it until more grows out. If he's willing to walk and roll, he isn't too uncomfortable. At this point, less is more. (My wallet is saying THANK YOU.)
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Post by Sue Short on Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:06 am

Very Happy

I can imagine.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:20 am

As long as the store has a decent supply of diapers and vetwrap you'll be okay. Glad Sabi is cool with it.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:50 pm

I think we'll be in luck. You KNOW WalMart never runs out of diapers. Laughing
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Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:07 pm

Hmmmmm, if this is a long-term solution to Sabi's foot problems you might want to invest in a diaper company's stock. That way you get a lil of your money back..........
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:12 am

I don't think it's a long term solution. He just needs to grow some good foot for the nails to hold onto. We could also go to the glue-on shoes, but we're looking at costs/benefits. No reason to spend all that money if he's happy in diapers for the time being. Stock? Who can afford stock? Isn't that where you spend your money to own a tiny piece of a company that then shows you very little return without being dishonest? Gives me the shudders.

I gave Sabi a bute today. He seemed a bit more ouchy than usual. That helped a lot. He was much more willing to walk on the hard barn aisle and then just walked happily on the grass. I guess this means we will have to find something before winter when the ground is just plain hard. Suspect
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:47 pm



As long as he is happy and not sore, that's all that matters.
Sorry to hear that he is feeling ouchy today. Sad
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