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post #1 of 21 Old 05-23-2014, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hole in Diesels hoof

My yearling came in lame lastnight, so I picked his hooves asap. Sure enough the sore foot had a huge rock dug in this hole in his hoof. Like the sole pulled away from the wall. I've noticed this hole before but it was 95% gone on his last trim.

There's no smell, no puss so no infection right?

Anyways I have him on stall rest for the time being so another rock can't make it's way in. He can bare weight on that foot but you can tell it's not comfy..

So question #1. Is there anything that is causing this? Is he lacking any nutrients?

#2. What's the best way to treat this? Soak in anything? Trim that area or let it grow out?

#3. Is there anything that I can fill the hole with so rocks can't get in so it can heal? This one might sound silly.

I should say the hole is fairly large. I can fit my pinky finger in it.

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post #2 of 21 Old 05-23-2014, 08:21 PM
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Hey Fordgirl,

My horse Rihley got a 2 1/2 inch nail in his frog recently and left a good size hole in his hoof. To clean in out I used Iodine and to cover it up I wrapped his hoof in duck tape. My horse also was lame for about a week or so then he was fine and was being rode and jumped again. Let the hoof grow out and if you are concerned about nutrients get a hoof strengthener and moisturizer.

Hope this helps!
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Hey Fordgirl,

My horse Rihley got a 2 1/2 inch nail in his frog recently and left a good size hole in his hoof. To clean in out I used Iodine and to cover it up I wrapped his hoof in duck tape. My horse also was lame for about a week or so then he was fine and was being rode and jumped again. Let the hoof grow out and if you are concerned about nutrients get a hoof strengthener and moisturizer.

Hope this helps!

Lastnight I used paroxide to get all the crap out then soaked it in Epsom salt in warm water. I wraped the hoof with gauze and vet wrap so he wouldn't fill the hole with poop. (He's in a large box stall).
I do have moisturizer in the barn, probably should start using it lol
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That works as well. My horse is in a 5 acre pasture so i needed something stronger then gauze and vet wrap. Just be careful when using vet wrap because it does tighten over time and can lead to more hoof problems in the future. But I hope he gets better soon.
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The hoof wall is separating due to excess force on it, meaning it's bearing too much weight. You can see that it's separating all around the hoof, that's just the worst part. It will need to be trimmed correctly. A good bevel can take pressure off the hoof wall so it doesn't separate more and should be able to be trimmed out completely within a couple trims.

Without better pictures, I will say his toe look a touch too long and his heels are underrun. His frog also looks a little thrushy, and may actually be what is causing his soreness.
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I agree ^^. I think the hoof is likely in need of trimming and no matter what you do until the trim is fixed the problem will never go away.

Stay away from the moisturizer. The hoof is already compromised. You don't want to lock in any bacteria. Clean the hoof well. Put some antibiotic ointment in there and then use a diaper wrapped on with duct tape on the hoof. It is pretty durable and helps to keep the hoof dry as well as clean. Be careful not to get the duct tape over the coronary band. I used this method when my mare got a hole in her sole and it worked very well.
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Without better pictures, I will say his toe look a touch too long and his heels are underrun. His frog also looks a little thrushy, and may actually be what is causing his soreness.
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What do I look for with trush? My older guy never had problems with his feet(knock on wood). What do I treat thrush with?
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This wouldn't be white line would it?
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I use ThrushX when I'm concerned about any bacterial infestation.
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There is some sort of a compromise going on here. This could be a residue from an old abcess growing out BUT there is some other seperation happeneing. Trimming is due but I would not be suprised if there isnt some white line disease starting there. I wuld get a very knowlegeble Farrier in there to take a gander or a Vet to see what exactly going on there. In the mean time I recommend Sole Pack Poulticing patties (sold seperatly or in bulk). This stuff is great for removing sorness and for thrush (you can shove it in to the clefts of the frog if need to) and for abcess and for bruisess and everything in between. The poultice is a putty consistancy and can be applied very locally or you can apply it generaly to the entire underside of the hoof. I have used it many times to pack in old abcess blowouts and breaching in the white line due to abcesses that are growing out. (such abcesses dont nessesarily cause pain and escape from the coronet band then grow out towards the exposed undersurface of the hoof. These types can indeed lead to other issues due to the breached area between the lamina layers (the sensitive and insensitive layers). Its a place fungus can go nuts esp if large enough when growing out towards the exposed undersurface. .I have also used sole pack for thrush (in a compromised hoof also) with great sucess. (Sole Pack also comes in liquid form.)

I have also packed with sugar dine soaked cotton pushed into the hole in question. (sugar dine is sugar mixed with tincture iodine.) it should be mixed thick and balls of cotton soaked in it. Wrap it up and change in 24 hours until Vet or Farrier can come out and take a closer gander at whats going on.

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