So, my OTTB gelding grabbed a shoe and nearly fell in mid-October. He was immediately lame at the trot. After ruling out more serious issues with diagnostics, vet and farrier agreed that we are dealing with a deep bruise or an abscess. Vet had me treat for an abscess. Farrier always thought bruise, but couldnt find evidence.
Last week he seemed to be greatly improved, then suddely went slightly lame at trot again. Tiny bit of heat in hoof, much less than before. I called Farrier on Wednesday night and he came right out. He saw a suspicious mark and opened it up to discover what he called a very deep and bad bruise in the hoof. See the photo! He said when he opened it blood came out. However, he also said its important not to add any more trauma to area.
Here is what he and vet want me to do now: clean and add iodine solution to area each day, pack with dry cotton (i am using animalintex pads, dry) then vet wrap and secure. Hand walk twice a day in soft ring to promote circulation for healing. No going out in paddock with other horses for 4 days. Vet put him on bute for 4 days.
I would like to know how this bruise appears to others. Has anyone seen one like this before? It looks like a stone bruise, doesnt it? It took 6 weeks to grow down enough to see it. Now that its "exposed" do we just wait and see how he feels? Farrier says it will take another few weeks to fully come out.
I would appreciate any thoughts! I have been incredibly frustrated not knowing what we were dealing with. I am happy we finally found something.