“Aztec had a history of chronic abscess in LF foot. He had also been diagnosed with mechanical laminitis and white line disease – he was on and off lame, sore, abscess, rinse, repeat. He was almost always sore. We were starting to contemplate euthanasia. Aztec was not living a good life.” – Tricia (Aztec’s person)
Tricia asked us to look at Aztec when we were at her farm fitting boots for another gelding (Bentley). We found Aztec to have very flared walls (capsular rotation aka mechanical laminitis), extremely thin soles (less than 5mm), under-run heels, a huge abscess exit hole on the outer wall of LF and a deep quarter crack on RF. Aztec was head bobbing lame on left fore (very thin sole). We did our initial trim and set him up with an Equipack Soft pour-in pad, Artimud for thrush, and casted his feet with Equi-cast. The casts held up for about 4 weeks and his soles were able to toughen up enough in that time that he was much more comfortable by our next visit.
Aztec has not had one abscess since we took over his care and has been very sound. At our latest visit (April 2020), Tricia reported that Aztec has been “prancing around like a colt”. <3