My 8 y/o gelding came in this morning with this injury. I've already called the vet out and she's came and left, but she mentioned something that is a bit scary for me to think about... she mentioned that she's pretty sure my boy will have some hoof damage from this injury.
I'm concerned about what type of damage... so, can I get any advice on this injury, such as what to look for as it's healing, etc...?
The vet and I have a plan already as far as healing goes.
Dakota is on 30cc's of penicillin twice a day and gets 1 gram of bute twice a day for three days, then 1 gram of bute once a day for three days. I'm soaking his hoof in epsom salts for ten minutes daily then cold hosing the injury for another ten minutes immediately afterwards. The medicated bandage will be replaced up to three times a day, as needed and he's to be kept in the Lot (about a fourth of an acre or less) for the next one-and-a-half-to-two months (longer if need be). I'm also staying in contact with the vet and will be giving her weekly updates on his progress.
But really, do you see any future problems from this injury? The vet said it's deep, but she didn't find any major problems. The gash goes into the coronet band on one side and ends only after cutting into the frog at the middle of the back of the hoof slightly.