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post #1 of 20 Old 09-07-2012, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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My horse is chewing on his hoof?

I went outside to spend time with him & he started chewing on his hoof & i looked at it & hes been doing it I checked his feet yesterday & they looked normal & today I can tell hes been chewing several times today. This is weird why?
Hes due for trimming in less than 2 weeks.

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The circled part Is where hes chewing

Hes chewed on a good bit of it.


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post #2 of 20 Old 09-07-2012, 06:52 PM
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Itchy thrush?
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post #3 of 20 Old 09-07-2012, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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I caught him Chewing it on camera.
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Well It looks like hes eating kinda but hes not hes Chewing his hoof


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post #4 of 20 Old 09-07-2012, 08:04 PM
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I'd get the vet out asap.
He could do some major damage.
Have you checked it for burrs, nails, something is causing him to go batty on it.
Maybe boredom? Does he do it when turned out?
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Hes the Only horse & hes left turned out 24/7. He has a shed to use when he wants but doesn't use it unless its raining or cold.
I cleaned the hoof out & scrubbed all the dirt off to where it was really clean & took a better look He has chewed on both hooves in the same area.
They aren't tender when I touch them at all no sign of thrush or anything.His hooves feel to be little on the hot side though.
I took him for a walk no limping or signs of pain. I also put some medicine on it that I was told to use by my farrier for cuts & stuff. Its dark out right now & my parents just got home they wanna take a look at his hooves tomorrow.
Then call the farrier or vet or both.
This is the first time I have ever seen him do this & I check his feet daily unless for some reason I cant that day. He does have Really thin feet which causes him to not be able to be shod.


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post #6 of 20 Old 09-08-2012, 11:10 AM
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I would say it itches if he's chewing on it. Can you get a sole view pic of what he has done.
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It could be that he is itchy near that spot as well. Check him for mites also.

I too would like to see pics of the sole and from the back of the foot.
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post #8 of 20 Old 09-08-2012, 02:13 PM
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If it were me, this is what I would do whilst I waited for the vet: I would take a scraping, then I would clean the area very well w betadine or the like, then a sulfur based soap, then a put good anti-itch ointment on it (people/horse no matter, the ingredient is the same), then put a bell boot over it. I would also wear gloves on the outside chance it is mites. Then I would examine the scraping under a microscope/loop for mites as the poster above suggested. You don't need super high power to see mites. It could be sweet itch, those little no-see-ums will congregate anywhere. Either way, I would try to make him as comfy (stop the itch) as possible until the vet could get there.

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Well first and foremost, I would put a bell boot on that hoof so he cannot chew it.

Second I would call a vet.

Have you checked the hoof? Does it seem like he has thrush? Is it soft? Does he have a parasite on it?

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Is he, by chance, a cribber?

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