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twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Golden Hoof to strengthen hooves
« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2019, 09:45:09 pm »
Well we got the Golden Hoof Plus and a good job as sadly our new girls feet are in a mess  :(
Separation of the inner and outer horn (so shelly hoof?), plus looked white between their toes so think scald as well. One had a crack vertically and just generally not looking great.
We turned the girls over, trimmed back loose horn (but not too much) and then stood them in the footbath for an average of a couple of minutes. It is a walkthrough bath. We imagined two of them standing nicely in it at at time which obviously didn’t work out. Then onto hard standing. Could feel the difference straight away - the feet were a lot harder. Also sprayed a couple up with blie spray that looked particularly sore. Will get them back in a week’s time to see how they are and probably retreat. Just hope we can sort them out.


If they have scald they will be lame (you didn’t say if they are lame or not). The bacteria that causes scald also progresses on to foot rot and lives in the soil, so you need to move them to fresh pasture that’s not had sheep on for at least 2 weeks or they will just reinfect themselves. But if they aren’t lame it’s not likely to be scald as it makes their feet very sore.

Sorry. A couple have intermittently had a hobble that then disappeared. When we see a limp we wait and see whether it goes or not incase it’s something caught between toes or pulled a muscle or something.
I’m assuming scald because it was white inbetween the toes. But you’re saying they’d have been permanently lame if it was scald?
They’ve gone onto a fresh field but still with the gate open to their old field as this has more shelter.


They won’t be permanently lame and will get better once treated. But scald can be very sore. I normally give them 24 hours to see if the lameness goes and if not will catch and investigate. If it is really scald then rotate the pasture and rest it for a couple of weeks- I had an outbreak in winter a couple of years ago and each time I treated the ewes I moved to a new paddock. Pain in the backside electric fencing in winter but it did the trick.
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epherdwicks

  • Joined Apr 2016
Re: Golden Hoof to strengthen hooves
« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2019, 12:24:16 pm »
My Herdwicks had a lot of foot problems when I first had them, mostly shelly hoof, but since using Golden Hoof they have been much better.  I put them all through a foot bath once a year and I definitely reckon it hardens up their feet.  Also if one has a bit of a limp I hold the offending foot in a small bucket of Golden Hoof for three minutes and that almost invariably cures the problem within 24 hours or so.  I think they know now that it is in their interest to stand still while I am dunking the foot, but it does seem to kick in after about 30 seconds and they have a bit of a wriggle to test my strength v theirs. Often just getting the foot really well soaked also makes it easier to see what's causing the problem or to clean out under the hoof wall. I would definitely recommend G Hoof - great stuff!

tommytink

  • Joined Aug 2018
Re: Golden Hoof to strengthen hooves
« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2019, 10:45:56 pm »
I would quote you Twizzel but it’d take a whole page! Understand they won’t be permanently lame if they have scald, i.e. after treatment would make them better. What I meant to question was were you saying that if they had scald they would permanently be lame (prior to treatment which should sort it out) as opposed to looking lame one day and improving the next. I think this is what you were telling me!
I got my Badger Faces in for inspection and foot bathing this week. Their feet were a lot better, although still to varying degrees. Obviously they’re a lot lighter which I guess helps. Getting the Radnors in again next week for a check up. Hope we can get them sorted and then keep up a good foot regime so they can stay and be comfortable as they’re such sweet girls!

crobertson

  • Joined Sep 2015
Re: Golden Hoof to strengthen hooves
« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2019, 09:27:50 pm »
I started using Himalayan rock salt too. We don't have any lameness but after winter a lot seemed to have cracked hooves or shelly hoof.

I haven't checked their hooves properly since but they do seem in better nick so hopefully there will be better on the next check!

tommytink

  • Joined Aug 2018
Re: Golden Hoof to strengthen hooves
« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2019, 09:37:59 pm »
I’ve now got the zinc Rockies and the holders - just got to find the best place to put them up now! Hope it makes a difference. We’re doing another inspection this week so will see how they’re getting on.

 

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