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post #1 of 12 Old 09-10-2011, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof Bruise

Hey there! My horse Sailor just got a hoof bruise and He can barely walk. I had the vet come out and he told me that he got a bruise from the nail in his shoe. What are some ways to help the healing processes for a hoof bruise? So far im polticing his foot.


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post #2 of 12 Old 09-10-2011, 11:43 PM
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I don't think there is really much you can do besides just watching him, keep it easy and give him some time off.

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Has the nail been taken out yet? Sounds like it's going to abscess....needs to be treated by the farrier/vet, if it hasn't already, soak in Epsom salts, etc.
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-12-2011, 06:20 AM
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If you got the vet for it, what was their advice? Sounds like the farrier pricked her, not just a bruise.
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If you got the vet for it, what was their advice?
Is this a rhetorical question?

The vet could determine the extent of the injury and lay out a treatment protocol with the owner.

If the injury was caused by a nail the term bruise is not what comes to mind.
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-12-2011, 08:38 AM
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I would contact your farrier to see if there is anything that could be done. When was your horse shod?


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post #8 of 12 Old 09-12-2011, 09:40 AM
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If it was caused by a nail being too close to the sensitive part of the hoof the first setp is to remove the nail/possibly the shoe as well. Either reset the nail or leave the hoof bare while this heals. That will depend on the injury. An abscess is certainly possible. To treat that you need to soak the hoof in something that draws out infections/pus. I would use applecider vinegar and water, others may advise epsom salts etc.. To make it easier to apply you can use an old sock over the hoof and a hoof boot or something like that to hold the solution soaked sock on the hoof.

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post #9 of 12 Old 09-12-2011, 09:49 AM
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That nail has to come out. I'm surprised the vet didn't do it. If you know how you could do it without taking off the shoe. Really though, the farrier should come out ASAP to fix it.
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-12-2011, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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The nail is out! The vet took it out.


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