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    07-21-2008, 10:40 PM
chunk out of hoof?

Just wondering if I should be worried about a small chunk out of my horse's hoof... She isn't lame and the farrier only came last week, I'm not sure if it was like it when he came though. I have poked a hoof pick in the hole and it isn't sore at all so I'm assuming the sensitive part isn't exposed. Its near her heel because a few months ago she cut the coronet band so I was expecting a piece of hoof to fall out eventually. I'll post some pics if you like but its in a kinda hard spot to take a picture of so they may not be the best quality.

Thanks everyone!

EDIT: same sort of thing as northernmama's post, only its not that bad!
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    07-22-2008, 08:42 AM
While possibly alarming, and can't say without looking, but in the absence of lameness or even a reaction to a hoof pick digging around, I'd say you're probably alright. If you were expecting a weak spot from a previous injury that was growing out, I wouldn't worry. It's probably more of a cosmetic issue right now than anything.

If you are concerned, you COULD have the farrier back out to check on/ tidy up the surrounding area so that there's no jagged piece to catch and rip further. Some people decide to tidy it up themselves, though in general I don't condone "do-it-yourself" because it's easy to over correct and get the foot off balance. Most likely the hoof broke off where all the weakness was and that's the end of that, until it's grown out, there's nothing left to do.
    07-22-2008, 09:14 AM
Thanks for info BFH. There's no jagged edges so I think I'll just wait for it to grow out as it isn't causing her any pain at all.
    07-22-2008, 01:24 PM
Re: chunk out of hoof?

Originally Posted by sempre_cantando
EDIT: same sort of thing as northernmama's post, only its not that bad!
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