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post #11 of 25 Old 06-08-2014, 03:50 PM
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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.
That's why I was asking about the x-ray. I don't know how comfortable I would be personally with a vet just shoving fingers in to check depth of the wound, but that's me.
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post #12 of 25 Old 06-08-2014, 09:27 PM
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I agree with the vet about not bothering to X-ray because the cut is is not near any bone structures . Soft tissue damage will not show up on an Xray . So it would be a waste of money, Possible injured tissues in that area would be the lateral cartilages,maybe the collateral ligament of the coffin joint on that side and various small ligaments that connect the lateral cartilage to structures around it. So only time will tell anyway.

As to the hoof, the frog may end up somewhat deformed if the back of the injury cut down into part of the frog.
The front of the cut MAY cause a permanent scar to grow down the hoof wall in that spot where it meets the coronary band . Whether that happens and how it may affect the strength of the hoof is something that only time will tell. It depends on how deep the coronary band was cut at the front part of the injury. I can't tell from the photos.
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Really, you don't have to get an x-ray immediatly. If the bone was hit ... what are you doing to do anyway? X-rays won't show soft tissue damage if a tendon or ligament was hit.

My gelding had a similar injury (but MUCH worse) back in 2003. Because the injury was worse, it took an entire year to heal. It didn't look very good when it was done. The coronet band was damaged. He had perfect feet before the injury, but then had a turned hoof because the damaged side grew faster than the undamaged side. However, by some miracle, he was 100% sound on it after he healed.

I definately had to keep a very regular trimming schedule on him. We kept the toe as short as we could to help him break over that bad hoof.

You'll just have to wait and see how your horse heals up. Best of luck.

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*shrugs* Different strokes for different folks. I would want to know if there is any bone damage with a wound that deep. That's why I said it would be my preference. I know that x-rays won't show soft tissue damage.
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We had a horse that sustained an even worse injury to his bulb, which was almost completely cut off. It did show in the hoof growth as a deformity. BUT, with proper and careful shoeing and trimming, this horse, with the ugly hoof, was never lame.
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shrugs* Different strokes for different folks. I would want to know if there is any bone damage with a wound that deep. That's why I said it would be my preference. I know that x-rays won't show soft tissue damage.
the cut would have to be about 2" deep in that location to hit a bone. If that were the case the entire back of the foot would be hanging loose. seriously. I have seen THOSE. Hence the finger probe first to feel inside, if you understand anatomy as the vet does it makes sense to not bother with an Xray.
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More likely than not it was caused by barb wire. Looks like it had its foot caught and pulled back.
If you cant get rid of the barb wire I would at least put a strand of electric wire to try and keep them safe.
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I'm feeling that he may have gotten caught in straight wire, like electric wire... My great grandmother's brother-in-law lives across the road from us, and apparently the horses that got out (all of them) were at his house just before I woke up... and he has straight, electric wire (non electrified) around some of his property... As I couldn't find any evidence of blood or injury on our own fencelines, I'm really thinking Dakota ma have gotten injured at his house just before coming to our yard. The vet said the cut is too clean to be barbed wire... I'm inclined to agree... Even before the vet mentioned it, I thought it looks too 'decent' to be barbed wire... But we'll prolly never know for sure...
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Looks like the scar on my mare's hoof. The hoof may need to have a shoe to help prevent deformation. My mare is able to be barefoot after 2 years of shoeing but she is already deforming it so she is getting shoes back on. Here is what her hoof looks like (she is currently bare and this is before she started to deform it).
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Looks like the scar on my mare's hoof. The hoof may need to have a shoe to help prevent deformation. My mare is able to be barefoot after 2 years of shoeing but she is already deforming it so she is getting shoes back on. Here is what her hoof looks like (she is currently bare and this is before she started to deform it).
Its nothing like your horse!
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