Anyone know about hoof cankers!?
Hi there! I have a 23 y/o TB gelding who I do light dressage with and he is still very active for his age. I moved to a new barn in August of 2010 and by the end of September I noticed his feet seemed more thrushy, but especially in his frog area- it was just mush and sensitive to the hoofpick. It affected both back feet and his front left foot. The vet thought it was just some combination of bacterial/fungal infection so he dug some of the necrotic tissue out, we packed his feet for a week and figured it was no big deal. Since then his feet have continued to get worse..his frog area had lots of extra tissue that was very soft and extremely sensitive when I would pick out his feet, yet he wasn't lame. So a few days ago I called the vet out again to look at his feet and after he cut away all the extra tissue he said it looked like he had cankers!? I was thinking like a canker sore..so a blister- no big deal. Well, apparently that's not the case for horses! Our plan for right now is to keep his back feet packed with feurosemide/epsom salt mix and wrapped for 10 days..hoping to draw out any of the infection and harden up the frog. But, he said the only other option to treat it is surgery to actually cut out the "tumors". He is now on stall rest and I'm keeping his stall extremely dry..he's not allowed back outside unless its either completely frozen or dry which is going to be a while since we are heading into spring and the wettest time of the year! It is just a wierd coincidince this all came about after we moved to the new barn..maybe something in the paddock/stall/arena here could cause it? They are outside for 10-12 hrs a day in paddocks during winter and nice pastures over the summer. Just wondering if anyone has dealt with something like this and what your treatment/outcome was. I don't want to retire him but I don't think its right to put a 23 y/o horse through surgery either. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!