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    12-13-2012, 12:06 AM
Another thread without definitive diagnosis but no lameness and not just one foot.

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    12-13-2012, 07:32 PM
Getting used to new android, pics small etc so maybe missing something... Im unsure what peeling you mean. The hoof looks due for a trim & edges could be 'rolled' h which would stop the 'peeling' at bottom. Or do you mean the lighter area at the front top, below hairline? If top n just like skin, Id think its just waterlogged periople. If more than skin - hoof horn has actually ruptured there n cracked, id think an acute laminitis 'attack' recently. SopunDs like frogs n heels suffering from wet environ too. As horse is lame which may or may not be to do with the feet n peeling, good equine vet would be prudent.

PS annoys me a bit when ppl not check spelling n punctuation, use lost shorthand, but is difficult w this android sorry - hope I get thehhang soon!
    12-13-2012, 07:40 PM
The outer wall is peeling from the coronet down. Looks like about 1/8 thickness or a little better. Im thinking fungal issue maybe? I swear I have seen this before but I just can't place it.
    12-13-2012, 10:09 PM
Hmm, just had another look on my ol' trusty PC & can see it's not periople, or apparently abscess split. And noticed that you say he hasn't been standing in mud or such, so for a dry environment more puzzling - feet don't cope well with eternal wet/damp. I'd be thinking a fungal/bacterial infection too, &/or nutritional. Possibly selenium overdose or such??
    12-14-2012, 02:09 AM
Selenium would be high on my list of things to check also although I imagine youd be seeing other issues as well.
    12-16-2012, 03:36 PM
He may have the start of an abcess happening.
    12-17-2012, 08:57 AM
No worries about the skin coming off at the top of the hoof. It's just the periople: It is a thin skin that covers where the coronary band and hoof wall join. It's just like the cuticle on your nails. In wet weather it swells up and turns whiter, and sometimes it peels off. You know how sometimes your cuticles peel off when they get extra soft? Same thing.

But the lameness and swelling is another issue. Your horse could have an abscess brewing, be fighting scratches that are hiding under the hair around the pastern, or some other issue. Your hoof has some bad flares on the sides so hopefully your farrier can address those too.
    12-17-2012, 10:37 PM
That's not just the periople. Its actual hoof wall. Maybe 1/8 inch thich or so looks like? Not normal.

Did you ever get an diagnosis? What did the vet say?
    12-17-2012, 10:57 PM
Originally Posted by gottatrot    
In wet weather it swells up and turns whiter
That happens to all three of my mine when we get long periods of rain ...
    12-17-2012, 11:05 PM
That IS totally normal. This isnt swelled up, its indented and jagged edged from breaking off from the top down.

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