I've been meaning to post this for a while. Almost 2 weeks ago my roan mare, Heidi cut her pastern/hoof very badly on a nasty piece of jagged metal. Thankfully the injury was discovered nearly immediately and she is doing well.
Heidi has been at a friends house for a few months and had developed an ugly crack that went into her sole. My trimmer discovered this when she trimmed her in September. We moved her to my trimmers house so she could take care of this as we were worried about the dept of it. Then this injury happened. Amber is certain this piece of metal was not in the pasture previously as she had checked it thoroughly before putting her horses there, and she has been riding in it herself. It was near a fenceline where there is jagged metal in sight next door.
As I said, luckily it was discovered directly after she was injured. Amber cleaned and wrapped it as it was bleeding and quite ugly. The vet arrived in a couple of hours and spend the next 3 hours working on Heidi's leg. The main damage was from the front of her hoof(just below the c band) across the inside of her pastern and down between the heel bulbs. She nearly cut 1/3 of her hoof off barely missing injuring her tendon. The vet could see the coffin bone and was worried it or the navicular bone may have been injured as well. Time will tell if she will be sound or have a permanent limp. It's looking good, well it looks quite nasty, but it is healing. She has to keep it pressure wrapped and Heidi has to be in a stall "most" of the time.. Amber and I both agree that a little time out for mental health is a must as long as she isn't overdoing it. She gets stir crazy in the stall if she isn't out at all and that's not good either so a bit of hand grazing or loafing time is essential, in our opinion. Here are a few pics and there are more on my photobucket.
A sister piece of the metal Amber snagged from the neighbors place.
The injury directly after being stitched up.
Day 11 you can see the toe crack as well. Vet had worked on it, removing some dead tissue etc.
A side view day 11
She is in the best hands I could wish for as Amber is an excellent nurse. ;)
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