Future hoof problems by this injury? *Graphic pics*

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    06-08-2014, 01:12 PM
Future hoof problems by this injury? *Graphic pics*

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.

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    06-08-2014, 01:25 PM
If the coronet band is damaged then there is a good chance it will affect the hoof growth. My mare had a similar injury about 12 years ago. She recovered to complete soundness but part of her hoof never grows right due to the damage to the coronet band. I have to rasp the area about every two weeks to keep it rounded and keep from getting sharp edges.

I have actually seen a lot of horses that have gotten that type of injury and they are sound despite part of their hoof being weaker in one spot. Get him healed and go from there, but don't worry to much about a scared hoof, as long as he is sound that is the important thing.
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    06-08-2014, 01:28 PM
There could be some deformation of the hoof wall. At this point it's a waiting game to see what will happen.

Did your vet take x-rays? I know you said it was deep I would be worried about issues with the inner structures of the hoof such as the tendons or how close to the bones the cut is. Any idea on what he cut it on?
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    06-08-2014, 01:34 PM
No, vet didn't take x-rays. She palpated the area with her hands and fingers after blocking the nerves. The deepest part she could get her finger into was up to her first joint on her index, but she said it was deeper than that, just didn't want to push in any deeper.

Not a clue what he cut it on. It was still very, very fresh this morning when I found out about it, and I looked and found nothing within the area that had blood, etc.. on it... Vet doesn't think it was the barbed wire, as the cut is too clean and he also has small scrapes on the upper part of his leg.. so we don't know what he got into.
    06-08-2014, 01:36 PM
I'm not concerned with how it will look when it heals, I just want him sound.
    06-08-2014, 01:52 PM
You can expect there to be a scar but Hoof damage? From what I can see from the photos.........NO!
Itīs a "wait and see" situation.
Just see that it does not get infected and let nature have itīs course.
No sense in getting ulcers ahead of time.
Amigo Farrier Sweden
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    06-08-2014, 01:55 PM
Subbing, and wishing him a speedy recovery ):
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    06-08-2014, 02:01 PM
That looks very much like the injury Mac had as a younger horse, and he healed as sound as ever. Think positive, stick to the plan. I bet he'll be fine.
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    06-08-2014, 03:21 PM
I'm going to def. Be trying to stay on top of infection!
    06-08-2014, 03:29 PM
I would be most concerned about anything the horse might have injured inside the cut. If the hoof grows out deformed, it's just a blemish. I own a mare with a scar down her hoof from a similar injury. It's just an ugly blemish that causes her no harm. So I wouldn't worry about the hoof much.

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