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    02-06-2013, 12:03 AM
Help, heel about to break off

Help D:
I don't know what to do, my horses heel is about to break off. She has seedy toe in her heel( I believe it's actually called white line separation when anywhere but the toe?? )
And her whole heel on one side is quite wobbly and about to break off. What do I do? She is quite sore and is resting all her weight on her toe. I just don't know what to do in this situation!
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    02-06-2013, 12:12 AM
Vet wrap it and contact your farrier and veterinarian. Good luck
    02-06-2013, 12:22 AM
Are you sure this is white line or could it be a canker - I would do exactly what was just suggested - vet wrap it well and call the vet+farrier ASAP - that's not ok to just let sit.

I had a mare who had a hoof canker that broke her back half of her hoof off. We first opted to put her to sleep, but then we got a call from Rood+Riddle (a vet hospital) who wanted to experiment with a surgery - so we only had to pay for medicine. They cut out the canker and her hoof grew back within a few months, she's perfect now! Frog is a little funny.
Point is, damage like that is serious and needs immediate action. You could even put it in a hoof boot until the vet gets there.
    02-06-2013, 12:23 AM
Sounds like a quarter crack. If its loose then yes you should definitely be seeking help. That's a pretty big deal
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    02-06-2013, 12:55 AM
Should I call the vet or the farrier first, or just both? I'll put up photos soon, it's only got lose overnight :(
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    02-06-2013, 12:57 AM
Originally Posted by Goosey    
Should I call the vet or the farrier first, or just both? I'll put up photos soon, it's only got lose overnight :(
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See if you can send a pic of it to your farrier and get his input if he can do it in a timely fashion......if he's not reliable at getting back to you, go straight to calling the vet. Keep it clean.
    02-06-2013, 01:26 AM
I've been flushing with hydrogen peroxide to keep it clean... Farriers around here are useless and said its nothing to worry about so vet is on the way
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    02-06-2013, 02:27 AM
You just haven't found the right farrier. A good farrier and you probably wouldn't be in this position.
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    02-06-2013, 03:19 AM
Phly, are you a farrier by chance? I feel like your comment was a little bit personal. I didn't say all farriers are bad just the ones in my area :) Her hooves were in good shape before this, it's only happened over the time span of less than a week... We had horrible storms and floods here over the past week. I have never experienced something like this ever :(
I feel so sick, I'm so worried she will be put down.
Wrapped it with vet wrap and the vet is coming out tomorrow morning now.
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    02-06-2013, 03:29 AM
Glad to hear help is on the way. Nothing personal at all. Just a good farrier is a good farrier. And there is a good farrier near you, you just haven't met em yet. Also I didn't say that it was a care problem but more insinuated that a good farrier would see an issue ahead of time. Quater cracks (if that's the case) can be caused by a few things but most that I see are flares and long hooves. Not saying yours are either. Horse coulda steped on a stone wrong. Who knows. They're 1000lbs suicidale 2yr olds. I'm not a farrier, but can trim. But leave the hardcore repair and corrections to the pros. Actually Thursday my boys got a pro coming to look at his hooves.
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