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    04-02-2012, 04:27 AM
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Foal
Exclamation Cracked heel bulb and possibley hoof wall too?

A couple of weeks ago I noticed my horse had a cracked heel bulb on his front fore. I cleaned it up and it healed well over the next following days. There was a flap of bulb skin still cut though. Now roughly two weeks later I have noticed it bleeding again and the crack on the bulb looks like it has spread to his hoof wall?
He's is not lame in any way and still happily galloping about. Im just worried about the crack spreading in the hoof and causing further issues? We are also at the beginning of autumn so it is starting to get mucky in the paddocks.
Any information or knowledge about this would be greatly apprieciated. I only have one photo at the moment because he kept moving, will try and get another one when he's away from the flys

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    04-02-2012, 04:31 AM
  #2
Foal
Grr k picture still not showing. Ill have to get onto my computer to fix it. One will be up soon!
     
    04-02-2012, 04:33 AM
  #3
Foal
When you get that photo up i'll let you know what I see. I'm a barefoot trimmer(not professional yet but on my way)
-Clover
     
    04-02-2012, 04:49 AM
  #4
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    04-02-2012, 05:08 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Kingzy    
Grr k picture still not showing. Ill have to get onto my computer to fix it. One will be up soon!

K this is the picture
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    04-02-2012, 11:50 AM
  #6
Foal
Looks like something I've seen before on my own gelding. His hoof did something similar and just had to grow out, but his wall never had that crack in it. Have you tried cleaning it with a soft wire brush or toothbrush to see just how deep the crack goes?

My thinking is that it's just the periople and a little of the outside wall peeling off because it got nicked and that as the hoof grows out that will disappear relatively fast.
     
    04-03-2012, 03:00 AM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Crimsons Clover    
Looks like something I've seen before on my own gelding. His hoof did something similar and just had to grow out, but his wall never had that crack in it. Have you tried cleaning it with a soft wire brush or toothbrush to see just how deep the crack goes?

My thinking is that it's just the periople and a little of the outside wall peeling off because it got nicked and that as the hoof grows out that will disappear relatively fast.
My fingernail catches it and the crack is going horziontal across the heel hoof wall if that makes sense. I will clean it out and prod with a brush when the rain stops and show you a clearer picture. Im worried if the crack widdens it will take out his heel?
     
    04-03-2012, 06:15 AM
  #8
Foal
Has your horse had trauma to this area?
     
    04-03-2012, 03:02 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by Kingzy    
My fingernail catches it and the crack is going horziontal across the heel hoof wall if that makes sense. I will clean it out and prod with a brush when the rain stops and show you a clearer picture. Im worried if the crack widdens it will take out his heel?
Ok, Drying it out will help tons, is there a dry spot you can keep him for a few days or is it just raining non stop?

I don't think you'll have anything to worry about. It looks like it will grow out just fine and while there may be a slight cosmetic difference the hoof should be just fine.

Now that is based on my assumption that the crack doesn't go very deep. If it is a deep crack and the strength of the heel is compromised it may need some thereputic work done to it wether that be trimming to keep pressure off it or shoeing, whichever you can get the best professsional for.
     
    04-03-2012, 09:13 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Is it possible that he's forging (striking his front heel with his back hoof)? I've never seen what the resulting injury from that would look like in person, so mostly just a guess
     

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