Can you help my gelding with HYPP and poor hoof condition with abscesses?
Question: Good morning! Recently, I purchased the Uckele Equi-Omega 4:1 oil & Bioplex Magnesium for an HYPP N/H gelding (7 yrs old) to help with very poor hoof condition with multiple abscesses over the eight month period I have owned him, & slow but steady work to reform hoof bars, bring non-existent heel growth back, soft soles hardened, knees level, angles uniform (still working on this one!), WLD healed, etc.
I have attached a document that gives background information on HYPP. However, it appears your major problem is the hooves.
Your vet is describing negative palmar angle. The coffin bone is supposed to rest in the hoof with an angle of up to +5 degrees off being flat and parallel with the ground. With negative palmar angle, the bone actually dips down toward the ground. See:
This is a trimming issue but the tendency is commonly see in QHs. The result is the deep digital flexor tendon is pulled very tight over the navicular bursa and bone and the edges of the coffin joint are forced into close proximity along the front/top of the foot. Externally you will see underrun heels and often a long toe. These horses also have flat feet/dropped soles and the coffin bone sitting low inside the hoof capsule (sinking/distal descent) which often leads to inflammation of the coffin bone.
There are different approaches to dealing with this. Shoes and pads can provide instant relief but it is short-lived and does not correct the problem. The most successful barefoot approach I know of is:
but it won't happen overnight.
The abscesses may be multifactorial. The hoof form with long toe and underrun heels puts a lot of mechanical traction on the white line which can lead to small breaks which allow bacteria in. Same for any flaring. Trace mineral deficiencies involving copper, zinc, iodine and selenium also have a negative effect on the integrity of the white line. If you let us know where your hay is grown we can help with suggesting an appropriate supplement.
One container will be a 4 month supply. In 4 to 6 weeks you should be able to see a difference in the new growth.