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.