When Mrs Mom suggested that maybe Estes had deep tissue thrush, I was confused as I've always been told that Colorado's too dry for thrush. I mean, we worried about it when it was damp for extended periods of time, but not day-to-day. Mom picked out Estes' club foot and treated it for thrush for a couple of weeks and Estes quit gimping. Huh. Thrush in Colorado.
I always thought of thrush (when I thought of it) as primarily attacking soft tissue, like the frog and surrounding tissues, but never thought about it attacking the sole. Holy cow was I surprised when Mr Mrs Mom took the hoof knife to Estes' sole and found all sorts of thrush. In fact, her sole looked like marble and her frog was a disaster, even after the two weeks' worth of treatment.
Here's a video of Mr Mrs Mom working on Estes' gimpy foot. It's long and there's lots of chatter in the background, but you can very clearly see the marbling in her sole from the thrush.
Did you notice that he didn't use a traditional farrier's hold? I love the way he held her hoof and it's much easier for me, too.
We'd ridden pretty hard before her trim and she was a little sore, which you can see at the end of the video, but it's nothing like her gimpy video.