Hoof injury! Inner tissue is visible. What to do? *pics*

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    10-06-2011, 09:22 AM
Hoof injury! Inner tissue is visible. What to do? *pics*





Candy was in the stall at night, she was perfectly fine in the evening when I put her in. She pust have stepped or kicked her front hoof (maybe while rolling?).
I just came from school, mom told me on the way home what's with Candy, she said Candy was licking her hoof and when she checked her she saw the injury. She washed it with water and tried to spray it (she missed). That was happening around 10 am.

I came at 14.30 and washed her with water again (she's standing in sawshavings) and put a 'bandage' on the wound to keep dirt and flies of.
Should I spray it?

I don't know how dangerous hoof injuries are. What should I be careful about?

There's this thing called 'wild meat' in slovene. It's meat growing from the injury. Could this happen here?
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    10-06-2011, 09:35 AM
This may sound completely unoriginal... but a vet would probably be in order. Hoof injuries generally aren't something to mess with if you have no experience- it could be the difference between her lifetime of ridability.
    10-06-2011, 09:38 AM
It looks pretty minor and more like an abcess has blown out. I wouldn't do anything to it and I certainly wouldn't call a vet. Horses are robust animals and it takes quite a lot to injure one. If the horsee isn't lame I wouldn't worry about it at all.
    10-06-2011, 10:09 AM
I agree with Kevin. It actually looks like she scraped it when she over-reached with her back hoof. Put some antibiotic ointment on it and leave it alone.
    10-06-2011, 12:36 PM
If it's as superficial as it looks in the pictures, she will probably be fine with no treatment--just keep it relatively clean-ish. But if it's deeper than the photos reveal, then a vet visit may be in order in case there is damage to the coronet.
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    10-06-2011, 02:51 PM
I put antibiotic spray on and bandaged it. I'm going to take the bandage of in the morning and leave the wound to air, maybe spray it again. She's not lame on the flat, but has problems on hills (it's a steep way to the field). Wound is not deep, there is no cut on the soft tissue in the hoof, only the hard layer went off.
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    10-06-2011, 02:54 PM
I wouldn't bandage it, personally.
    10-07-2011, 01:04 AM
The damage appears superficial and presuming no serious trauma to the coronary tissues, this should heal well with minimal treatment.

Given the damage to the capsule, odds are fair that the drive-in studs are responsible. Probably scraped herself with the opposite foot/heel while moving around in the stall.

By the way... the left foot is clubbed. You know that, right?

    10-07-2011, 02:24 AM
Originally Posted by Horseman56    

By the way... the left foot is clubbed. You know that, right?

I looked and I looked and I don't see it, what do you see? (Not doubting you, just want to learn).
    10-07-2011, 09:30 AM
Originally Posted by AlexS    
I looked and I looked and I don't see it, what do you see? (Not doubting you, just want to learn).

Learning is good.

The hoof in the photo presents overly long heels with a very deep central sulcus and associated separation. There's a reason for those long heels and it's not neglectful trimming or shoeing. It's a physiological reserve response to a contracted (congenitally shortened) flexor muscle/tendon group. Heel growth is forever "reaching" (growing) for ground level to compensate for that functionally shortened limb length disparity.

The wall at the quarters is very long and upright and the form of the hoof capsule tells me this is probably a significant club foot. When standing flat, the hoof dorsal wall will present an angle relative to ground parallel that exceeds 60 degrees... the general definition of a club.

A lateral photo of the foot would confirm.


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