So I had my farrier out last weekend and he ended up digging out what I thought was a really big chunk of the hoof wall. My mare has had a small crack in the white line that refused to heal/grow out for a couple months now. She had the same thing on the other front foot, but with regular cleaning it closed and grew out fine.
The last time I had my farrier out she had come up a little bit lame and we discussed various possibilities, but basically came to the conclusion that it was probably an abscess or bruise and would sort itself out (ie: bruise would take time to heal and an abscess would eventually rupture or he could dig it out). After that trim she has not been noticeably lame, trots out fine and riptears around her pasture quite happily.
But this crack won't close.
So he ended up cutting it right back up to where it had obviously abscessed a bit and must have just kept reinfecting itself. Apparently he has to do this on a lot of horses, mainly on the toes, and other than being aesthetically unappealing, doesn't seem to bother them.
My mare was falling asleep on him as he was digging this out so obviously its not too tender.
I spent a week soaking it everyday to clean it out and it seems to be healing nicely. Thankfully we finally seem to be headed into some dryer weather so I'm hoping her feet will start hardening up.
Just curious as to where the interior hoof starts getting more sensitive?
(The red is NOT blood, it's the antiseptic he squirted on after)