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    04-17-2012, 10:17 PM
Lacerated hoof

My mare was running and bucking and playing like she does all day long, and she kicked the propeller on the boat, and lacerated her hoof today! We know that's what she did, because of the blood on the propeller, then by the boat where she stood and bled for awhile. I will be taking her to the vet Friday pm when I'm off work. I soaked it in Epsom salt for about 10-15 min. Cleaned it good with a clean stiff brush, soaked it some more, dried it good, then put some Wonder Dust on it, and put her in a rubber boot, so it won't get dirty, nor hurt more. I'll clean it and doctor it a a couple times a day, I figure the powder Wonder Dust will be better than a wet application to keep out inf, or thrush while in the boot.
What do you think? Do I need to do something else to it before she sees the vet?
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    04-17-2012, 10:18 PM
I think she knew we were going to a trail ride this weekend, and did it on purpose!
    04-17-2012, 10:20 PM
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Omigosh! I don't know. That would have me so freaked out mine would be at the equine hospital right now. Did you call your farrier? I think that's who I would call if you can't get the vet out today.
    04-17-2012, 10:29 PM
Working in the medical field, I don't see this as a "true emergency", life nor limb at risk. She's exhibiting no signs of pain... except limp, yes, that's pain, she's not holding her foot up and kicking with it, like she would do if it were hurting really bad. No infection, it's not going to kill her, she's not going to loose her foot (or so it looks to me), so I think it can wait until my afternoon off. I know everyone is different on what they deem as an emergency. She was trimmed about 4 wks ago, first time since I've had her, and I don't like the job he did, so I really don't want to call him out.
Years ago, I had a horse who cracked open the heel of her hoof on a rock, vet just had us do what I did to her today, so I'm not worried about getting to the vet NOW... But, she will be going to the vet, and if it looks worse tomorrow, I will take off work and take her then.
    04-17-2012, 10:30 PM
would call the Vet and ask what should you do until you can get in. That could be a very serious injury. I don't know that I would be putting wonder dust in it. I would wrap it / pad it to try to prevent it splitting more . It looks like it would need to be filled in with hoof putty or wired shut. Good luck with that and hope she heals fast and sound
    04-17-2012, 10:33 PM
I wondered about the Wonder dust, but it was the only non liquid/ointment wound treatment the feed store has. Unfortunately, we are VERY limited in our equine supplies, of any kind, in this area. May just clean her and boot her in the morning, with no dust.
    04-17-2012, 10:34 PM
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I understand that it's probably not life threatening and I think I've seen them "stapled" together before but I personally would have flipped and mine would be at the equine hospital. I remember when Beauty severed the artery in her right leg I thought for sure she would bleed out waiting for the vet. He got to the house and acted like I was a moron. Apparently horses severe the artery at that spot quite often out in the field and often times it's clotted before the owners ever get home from work. Of course on that same day she had also severed the tendons in the other leg, which really just looked superficial...

I'm not downing you for not going straight to the vet, I could tell when you posted that you had already assessed the injury. I'd still have flipped though!
    04-17-2012, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by nuisance    
I wondered about the Wonder dust, but it was the only non liquid/ointment wound treatment the feed store has. Unfortunately, we are VERY limited in our equine supplies, of any kind, in this area. May just clean her and boot her in the morning, with no dust.
Should it breath though? I wonder if you should wrap it in a diaper instead? (I am talking with no experience with this type of injury)
    04-17-2012, 10:39 PM
I freak out if she severed an artery too! Lol, No, I didn't think you were downing me. I just wanted to explain why I didn't imediately take her in. I have some vet wrap/Coban, I almost wrapped it with, will do that in the morning.
    04-17-2012, 11:04 PM
If possible, I'd like to see the dorsal/palmar, lateral and oblique xrays of the hoof after you've visited the vet.

I would be reluctant to wait until Friday to attend the injury. Even with soaking, topicals and booting, the risk of infection is significant

Odds are good the damage extends into the distal phalanx.

Would probably be a good idea to have a farrier experienced in therapeutic work present during the veterinary exam for consultation. If the damage does extend into the distal phalanx, a continuous clip shoe with a hospital plate may be in order. Not a case for the inexperienced "backyard shoer".

Would make for a very interesting photo case study.


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