Hole in My Horses Hoof??

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    05-11-2011, 09:47 PM
Hole in My Horses Hoof??

So I'm looking at my horses feet and see a HUGE gap. I call the farrier too come immediately. He says she had a Blow Out from too much protein. (2 flakes of alfalfa and 4lbs Of Strategy grain 2x's A Day). We took her off alfalfa and put her on coastal and kept her on her normal grain and its healing. I already soaked the crap out of it and wrap it 2x's a day and put a bell boot on it and oil her hoofs with vegetable oil like our farrier said everyday. Its starting to seal and I wanna know what you guys think it is and what I can do for it. Sorry about my hair in the way kinda in one of the pics.
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    05-11-2011, 10:20 PM
Hmmm...thats mysterious. Is your horse lame? My horses hooves take a very long time to grow and that may be the same case here. I would keep wrapping his hoof and soaking it in rainmaker or oil whatever your using. Good luck!
    05-11-2011, 10:27 PM
Can you have your farrier check for white line next time he/she is out. That's what it looks like to me, there is a horse at my barn that has the exact same hole in his hoof and it turned out to be untreated white line..
    05-11-2011, 10:33 PM
She isnt limping at all. Its wierd...
    05-11-2011, 10:33 PM
And Beauforever the hole is way in the middle of the hoof not the white line
    05-11-2011, 10:40 PM
Oh okay, sorry. Hrm...
    05-11-2011, 10:53 PM
Originally Posted by HorseLife97    
He says she had a Blow Out from too much protein.
That's a new one for me.

She's had an abcess, cliped herself, or banged the coranary band. Happened somewhere around 2 months ago, may or may not have been lame. Keep an eye on it for further spliting/seperation, but don't worry to terribly much over it.

Worst comes to worst, have your farrier put a set of shoes on till it grows out.
    05-11-2011, 11:02 PM
This is almost definitely an abscess exit hole. They usually migrate and "blow" out the coronet band, and this has probably widened since growing down the hoof. It probably happened at least a couple months ago.

I would advice against putting oil all over the hoof or "sealing" the hole. Do your best to keep it clean, soak it with water and some apple cider vinegar or a natural antibiotic product called colloidal silver. Another good thing is tea tree oil, which you can drip into the opening. It's anti-bacterial.

The only thing you can do really is to let this grow out. Make sure you keep on top of trimming, and that your farrier keeps flares away from the quarters, or this could break off.
    05-12-2011, 02:55 AM
Ditto the two posts above.

I usually don't find the need to do much except put some thrushbuster in the whole to keep any white line feasters at bay and make sure it doesnt try to break off before it can be trimmed off as it grows down.

ETA You DO need to worry about white line because holes like that usually are the result of damage to the white line from an abcess or so forth. That hole likely has a damage path ( Usually up the white line that could be stretched for whatever reason) that infection can get growing in if you don't keep it treated and clean.
    05-12-2011, 02:21 PM
Is she rideable with it? She isnt showing any signs of being lame...

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