How long for a sole puncture to heal?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Hoof Care

How long for a sole puncture to heal?

This is a discussion on How long for a sole puncture to heal? within the Hoof Care forums, part of the Horse Health category
  • How long does it take for a cut on the bottom of foot to heal
  • How to heal a hole in a hoof

LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-09-2012, 10:51 PM
How long for a sole puncture to heal?

Finally, it's my turn to ask about a injury. Only a small one, but if not looked after it could of course go south. So, I'm asking...

On Sunday, my mare (Lisa) was off on her near front. It was so slight I couldn't tell for sure which side it was that evening. I looked and felt and prodded... couldn't find anything. Monday, nothing more. Tuesday definitely off, but I found the culprit. A tiny piece of wood somehow managed to puncture her sole. It's been very wet here lately so her feet are unusually soft.

I got the piece out. It was about 1/16" diameter and maybe 1/4" long. I scrubbed her foot really well with lysol, rinsed well. Applied iodine to the tiny hole and wrapped. Later that day I went to check and changed the wrap (my first one sucked). When I washed it then, it bled. I felt better about it then. Put some antibiotic cream on and re-wrapped properly. Yesterday and today, just washed once each day and applied cream, new wrap. I wasn't going to wash with lysol today, but her diaper fell off so I wanted to be sure. I want to just scrub with water tomorrow.

No heat, no throbbing pulse. She's still a bit sensitive on it, but not much.

Now, how long do I have to keep wrapping it? It's going to be awfully hard to see if the hole is closing because it's so small. I don't want to risk her getting anything in there. The location is about 3/8" in front of her frog apex, so I really am concerned about keeping it clean. I figure I'll wrap for 10 days for sure, but will that be enough I wonder?

Boy, oh boy though -- wrapping her hoof is keeping it sooo nice and dry. Maybe I should put diapers on all her feet! She wears size 1.
Sponsored Links
    05-09-2012, 11:33 PM
Yeah, I'm amazed at how quickly sole horn grows, if otherwise healthy tissue & 10 days should be at least enough to cover the sensitive tissue IME(*Not that I've had much experience with punctures, thinking more of sole 'blow outs'). With a large hole, of course it is substantially longer before there's a decent sole thickness, so protection of a pad, boot or such may be necessary, but if it's tiny, less chance of that too.

While you need to be very aware of potential infection, I would also be very careful using too much iodine & other chemicals that can ****** growth of healthy tissue. I've heard of instances of new sole failing to grow over holes at all(well, at least for many months) and suspect certain antiseptics may be behind it.
    05-09-2012, 11:40 PM
Thanks, Loosie. Yes, I only applied iodine the first washing. And I want to cut out the Lysol wash as well. I agree that it can be too much.
    05-10-2012, 06:05 AM
Originally Posted by loosie    
While you need to be very aware of potential infection, I would also be very careful using too much iodine & other chemicals that can ****** growth of healthy tissue.
This is good general advice for wounds. Once it's cleaned and treated, keep an eye on it and let it be to heal....our vet calls it 'benign neglect'. He told me that he makes countless return visits to look/treat wounds that folks are constantly cleaning, scrubbing, and applying products to that just irritate and slow down the healing...being passive/patient is evidently not a trait of a typical horse owner.
    07-09-2012, 04:39 PM
Update -- pretty much all healed up. The last of the sole at the puncture has exfoliated and there is just a slightly concave area now around the puncture area where it was bruised. But it did take this long for her to get back to her normal self on gravel again. It took 6 or 7 weeks for it to be pretty much gone.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How long does a hoof abscess take to heal?? Emilie141 Hoof Care 5 09-19-2011 12:49 AM
Injury to long in your experience to heal? herdbound Horse Health 18 09-28-2010 10:52 AM
How long will this take to heal? barrelracer892 Horse Health 9 07-05-2010 11:36 PM
Sole Guard Sendero Horse Tack and Equipment 0 06-23-2009 12:47 PM
How long does it take for a horses sole to thicken? prbygenny Horse Health 14 01-08-2009 09:15 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:14 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0