Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bethel, Ohio USA
• Horses: 0
Yep, that's a mess. You've got at least two problems.
First, the heel quarter is no longer attached. Under load it will move and is likely impinging on sensitive tissue. Secondary infection/abscess is a possibility.
Second, the frog appears to have a serious thrush infection. That can cause discomfort and also make helping this horse more difficult.
You've shared the vets feedback.
What has your farrier suggested to address the structural failure at the heel quarter and the possible loss of frog support?