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    01-21-2011, 09:59 PM
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Foal
Hoof Periopal Peeling???

Has anyone ever had their horses hoof periopal peel? Or know of it happening? What are the causes and some possible remedies? I've never experienced this, my farrier who's been in the business for the last 50ish years has never seen it - not sure what to do. Vet friend has some ideas but nothing that really makes sense in this situation. Any information or advice anyone can give would be great!!!
     
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    01-21-2011, 10:39 PM
  #2
Trained
I've seen different levels of "flaking" kind of, but not out-right peeling. Is it lifting right off the wall? How far up? Is it possible that something has been rubbing against it, like a hoof-boot or protectors? Or has the horse been standing in water a lot; soakings perhaps?

If it's not from excess moisture, I'd be inclined to remove the damaged portion, then wash and apply an antibiotic ointment to it daily. Still need to find the cause though. Change in diet maybe?
     
    01-22-2011, 12:42 AM
  #3
Foal
Yes, it's lifted itself clear off the wall. The worst foot has it off the entire circumfrence basically and about halfway to the cornet band. That foot actually has a strip that went all the way up to the band and then tore off, causing some bleeding. Standing in snow, no different than any other year and hasn't worn boots of any kind in a long time. Diet has stayed the exact same through out the winter. That's part of the reason this is so perplexing.
     
    01-22-2011, 08:00 PM
  #4
Trained
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Originally Posted by SunShineMeadows    
Yes, it's lifted itself clear off the wall. The worst foot has it off the entire circumfrence basically and about halfway to the cornet band. That foot actually has a strip that went all the way up to the band and then tore off, causing some bleeding. Standing in snow, no different than any other year and hasn't worn boots of any kind in a long time. Diet has stayed the exact same through out the winter. That's part of the reason this is so perplexing.
Wow, that's certainly odd. The tearing off part is why I am inclined to cut off flappy pieces, but if it's as bad as it sounds, that might not be such a good idea. What are the ideas that the vet friend had? This is going to cause problems as the hoof grows out because the periople is actually part of the hoof growth itself.

How old is the horse? Any chance that age is affecting how (s)he is absorbing food? Is (s)he drinking enough? How is general hair quality? Often hoof and hair will do the same thing as they are closely related tissues. Any other symptoms at all? Any chance your horse got into some bad feed or toxic plants?
     
    01-26-2011, 07:04 PM
  #5
Foal
Could have sworn I replied to this.... oh how I love my internet some days!

Vet said the same things - nutritional, laminitis, seperation of hoof wall, fungal, result of a wound etc. But his hoof wall is in tact otherwise, isn't very thick but not bad for a TB at 3/8th of an inch. He's a coming 5 year old, so definitely not age and has no history of ulcers or anything that would affect him in that sense. Drinking just fine, drank normally while I had him in the barn and hair quality is dull but expected/normal for this time of year. He's haired up very well for winter, nothing abnormal. No chance of bad feed - he's on top quality round bales during the evening and I check the bales everyday as they peel new layers to ensure there's nothing in there. Have had horses on this field all winter, and for last 5 years without issue. None of the other horses seem to have a problem.

This is what makes this all so strange.... I'm going to take pictures tomorrow morning of it.
     
    01-29-2011, 07:32 PM
  #6
Trained
Sunshine -- I was working on my horses' hooves today and thought about you. I wonder if it's possible that this is indeed a fungal or bacteria growth. Think about thrush for example: it will cause the frog to separate from the hoof. Why not the same affect on the periople?

With that in mind, perhaps it would be advisable to treat it as a fungus; wash with antiseptic, rinse, dry and apply anti-biotic ointment daily. Perhaps even soaking would be beneficial to get right up there. I would talk to a vet first though about what to soak in as there are some areas at the periople that are very close to a main artery.

Any pics yet?
     
    03-10-2011, 09:54 PM
  #7
Foal
I just came across this post tonight (March 10) and am wondering how your horse is doing? Any new information?

I hope your lack of posting is not because of any serious development.
     
    03-11-2011, 03:22 PM
  #8
Foal
Sorry, forgot to post. Took him to the vets, they thought it was rather odd but his feet are fine. Put him on farrier's formula for now until he grows a new hoof out and then he should be fine again. Very strange, though because the rest of his hoof is great.
     
    03-11-2011, 06:34 PM
  #9
Trained
I'd love to see a pic of the current status.
     

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