I think some of the lack of pain could also be that a fungal infection in itself doesn't hurt, and I feel that's why I had been struggling to get those cracks grown out in the first place. The antibiotics for the cut pretty well knocked out any other infections, so the cut may have been a blessing in disguise! Yes, she is a tough mare, though.
Actually, the vet held her foot up for me once to let me really get good access to her hoof. The other times she was just wrapped up in her bandage and I held it with one hand around the hoof wall instead of higher up her leg. Proudflesh doesn't have nerves anyways, and the cut severed part of them, as well. So is probably why she let me pick and scrub. THat and she's just a darn good horse. =)
For everyone else reading this, Heidi came to AppyT with paper thin soles, underrun heels, severe quarter flares and cracks. Her pigeon toed build has created a real challenge in keeping the flares off her feet.She was on very flat soles, at that. She's had cracks come and go, and I wish now I had made AppyT do antifungal soaks all along.The signs were there-from the flares to the grass cracks. I feel bad about the whole thing, the crack getting that severe, and the injury. The crack didn't seem that deep until this summer, and seems overnight it just split like a fault line.
Anyhoo, AppyT thought this made for and educational and intresting story, and I hope someone learns from my mistake and if they see a pesky crack, to go ahead and do antifungal soaks or tell their clients to do them instead of assuming it can simply be trimmed out. One thing for sure, this has been humbling.