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post #1 of 20 Old 09-30-2011, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Lump on hoof

My TB has a hard, bony lump about the size of a fist on his right hoof right above the low ring bone. The rescue organization I got him from told me that it was most likely from an injury when he was younger and it healed incorrectly. They said it doesn't bother him, and to date, I have noticed no limping or heat after/before riding. The farrier also said it doesn't seem to cause him any problems whatsoever. It doesn't set his hoof back any further and his conformation is only slightly turned. I am going to have the vet out soon to take care of his teeth, and will get his opinion, but I wanted to see if anyone on here has had a similar experience. I have never seen anything like this, and I am just wondering what his limitations might be. I still haven't decided what I want to "do" with him yet and I don't want to push anything just yet.
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Do you happen to have any pictures? Have radiographs ever been done?
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Ah, I knew that was coming :) I don't have a picture of it at the moment, but when I'm out tomorrow I'll take one. No radiographs have been done...I wanted a vet opinion first.
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Would need more info but yeah could be calcification due to injury that may not really effect him. As you mention low ringbone, that could cause him big dramas & the above lump could be a higher non articular ringbone... But only guessing. If you're planning on doing much with him, I'd get X-rays.
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Ok, I got some pictures today...hopefully they'll be able to show what I'm talking about.




I tried to get as many views as I could...obviously, I want to get a vet out at some point but I just wanted to see if anyone had dealt with anything like this. I don't want to push him too hard. Thanks!
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So nobody knows his past history, huh? I'm guessing he must have really mangled himself at some point. There's a lot going on there, involving damage to the coronary band and what looks like calicification (arthritis? Ringbone?) all around the pastern area. If he's sound I'm quite impressed.
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So nobody knows his past history, huh? I'm guessing he must have really mangled himself at some point. There's a lot going on there, involving damage to the coronary band and what looks like calicification (arthritis? Ringbone?) all around the pastern area. If he's sound I'm quite impressed.
Yeah, he was at a rescue and they said he had sustained an injury at a young age. If he wasn't sound, wouldn't there be some indication (i.e. Swelling, heat, limping, etc)? I had the farrier out and the trainer, both of whom said it doesn't seem to harm him whatsoever. My concern is with further agitation and limits, which I'm assuming would need a vet exam. I wonder if it would help to wrap? The lump (calcification) is actually above the coronary band, and I don't know how much pressure is being put on the cartilage. Would this be an issue that worsens over time? Because it honestly doesn't seem to cause him a bit of an issue...no tripping, limping, shortened stride...ah, now I'm worried.
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You can see in the first picture how the hoof is misshapen, though, and that tells me the coronary band is involved.

If he shows no pain, obviously that is a good thing, and you can hope it will remain that way. But it certainly *could* cause issues down the line, and if it were my horse, I'd want radiographs and a veterinary evaluation to see what exactly is going on.
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You can see in the first picture how the hoof is misshapen, though, and that tells me the coronary band is involved.

If he shows no pain, obviously that is a good thing, and you can hope it will remain that way. But it certainly *could* cause issues down the line, and if it were my horse, I'd want radiographs and a veterinary evaluation to see what exactly is going on.
I absolutely will. I really wonder how this happened...I saw a coronary band blow out that resulted in a similar calcification but haven't quite seen anything else like it. I am kicking myself for not being much more thorough in this beforehand, however.
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So nobody knows his past history, huh? I'm guessing he must have really mangled himself at some point. There's a lot going on there, involving damage to the coronary band and what looks like calicification (arthritis? Ringbone?) all around the pastern area. If he's sound I'm quite impressed.
Hey Bubba,
I had the vet out the other day and she was impressed as well :) I was genuinely worried that I would end up with a very well loved pasture ornament. She said he is completely sound, with some early damage to the coronary band (as you had mentioned). There is no arthritis or inflammation at the moment, and she said so long as I keep him on a glucosamine supplement and proper farrier trimming, he should avoid arthritis for many years to come. Obviously, more high impact activities such as jumping and barrels are out, but I purchased him for trails and shooting. I am VERY relieved :)
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