"Awww, man! The show has been moved to Sunday and I have to work! What rotten luck!"
I was, however, planning on driving up there with Rylee in tow to watch my friends and enjoy the day. Now I'll have to find some other way to spend my Saturday.
I visited my sweet girl today and took a few hoof pictures. Seedy toe and all, I'm SUPER happy with how her hooves look. The seedy toe is completely under control and in the process of growing out... it's just a waiting game at this point. I'm thrilled that there's no longer an active infection in there, and I'm unable to shove cotton up into the cavity these days. So I just clean it out, squirt some cream in there, and call it a day. So much less work!
Crystal (my trimmer) and I had a conversation last time about Lilly's seedy toe. I believe it started back in February of last year, so I've been dealing with it for about a year now. Even with all my soaking, digging, cutting, and praying, she feels like I was never able to really get at the infection the way I needed to, and it probably went up into Lilly's hoof much farther than I ever dreamed possible. So even though I was soaking, I was probably only soaking the very bottom of the infection, which is why it's been so difficult to get rid of.
She also noticed how the very front of Lilly's seedy toe hoof is very straight at the hairline, but just at the front. It was impossible to get a photo of (and lord I tried), but her hairline has relaxed, and looks normal, just about everywhere else. She said she typically sees that with horses who have "slipper toe" (or elf shoe, slipper foot, etc) or some kind of coffin bone damage. Even the slightest bit of abnormality with the coffin bone can impact how the laminae connects to the hoof wall. She was wondering if Lilly might have some damage to her coffin bone from the laminitic episode she had in July. I told her I didn't remember seeing anything like that on Lilly's x-rays from September, but we only took side shots. I did recall seeing the itty bitty bit of slipper toe she had on her right front, though, so I mentioned that to her.
|Just a teeny, tiny bit...|
She's due to be trimmed in two weeks and things are still looking good. It's been fascinating to watch the changes in her hooves since August of 2011 when her shoes first came off. So much time has passed, so much has been learned, and so many tears of frustration have been cried. I'm just excited that we're finally on the right track and my girl is comfortable and happy.
Here are some photos I took today and also some comparison photos to see just how much her hooves have changed and how far we've come. Seeing these helps me remember why I'm doing this... it's all for Lilly and the health of her hooves. (Click on them to make them bigger!)
Left Front Hoof:
|September of 2011, and January 2014|
|December of 2011, and today.|
Right Front Hoof:
|Seedy toe is almost grown out...|
|September of 2011, and January 2014.|
|December of 2011, and today.td>|