Hoof Abscess (Sole Abscess)

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  1. I have an OTTB mare who is 15 years old. She started losing weight last September and then by the end of September she started having sole abscesses in all 4 hooves. I had shoes placed on the front hooves per vet’s advice but have since had them pulled as there was no difference. The vet checked for Cushings and insulin resistance–both negative. Bloodwork revealed absolutely nothing. I had her teeth floated, wormed her, sand cleared her (lots of sand in Florida), added supplements and the only thing that has changed is that she doesn’t seem to be getting the abscesses as frequently. She now has an abscess on her jaw that the vet ultrasounded to be fluid filled and she did make a small incision and drain some gas and pus. I am going to try the grain-free diet to see if it makes any difference. What else should I consider in light of very little improvement with anything the vet recommended?
    ~Beth Moore

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      Thanks Beth – Please read all the blogs at https://theequinepractice.com/travels-with-doc-t/horse-nutrition/ This way the following paragraph doesn’t sound like mumbo-jumbo.

      Protein deficiency is caused by 3 things: 1) lack of a broad spectrum of amino acids in the diet (single source of protein), 2) carbohydrate dependency causing a dysbiosis of the gut microbes and mitochondrial exhaustion and 3) protein pump inhibiting drugs (anti ulcer medication).

      The hoof is all protein with 24% being one amino acid (cystine) which is made by the horse by converting the limiting amino acid methionine. If this or any other amino acids needed to form a solid hoof is missing, it will become weak yielding to cracks, abscesses, flattening and other hoof dysfunctions. Adding a protein supplement for 6 to 12 months and even longer has improved the hooves of many horses. Be sure to journal your changes along with photos and later share this with all here. After all, a year is a LONG time and we are an impatient breed….

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