An update on Gator. Gator came down with laminitis on January 22, 2010. It has now been two months of 24/hour care for him. He has now been turned out in a small paddock area for the second day in a row! This is great news. He has been on a pain reliever and several other meds for these two months. We are now weaning him off of all of it. Air pockets formed in one of his front hooves, so surgery to his hoof was necessary in case of an internal abscess. He has been a trouper through all of this. Ice soaking in 22 degree weather two times day, legs wrapped, 3 inch needles daily, terrible paste to prevent ulcers, and stall confinement. Here are a few progressive photographs.
Gator down for the count and pinning my legs after receiving medicine.
Icing Gator's front hooves twice a day for over a month and a half.
Gator standing in pain with wrapped legs
Specialty Farrier preparing heart bar shoes that put pressure on the frog of the foot to give more blood flow
The opening of his hoof to prevent an internal abscess. This way, it can drain if it does abscess. The red area is a soft bad spot. This has now hardened.
This was taken this morning. Sound, safe, trotting, and above all - out of pain! He is in this small paddock but he still can see the other horses. I LOVE HAPPY HORSES!!! WHEW!
Jester being a bit NOSY