So today I pulled my gelding out of the pasture And upon grooming him, I found this on his back foot. It's hard feeling, too. My farrier is coming out in 3 days but is there anything that I should do in the mean time? I'm so worried! It doesn't seem to be causing him any pain either. It's just quite alarming.
Couldn't tell you exactly what it is, but if its not causing him any pain my guess is your farrier will just trim it off. I've seen a few other posts on other forums where horses who have had a similar growth simply get it trimmed-it was described as vestigial, for lack of a better word, sort of like an ergot or chestnut. Only other thing I could think of would be an early stage canker, but I honestly don't have any personal experience with that and couldn't really say. Keep us posted on what the farrier says!
Thank you! I'm hoping if it is canker, it's in the early stages and can be fixed easy enough. You really put me a little at easy by saying it could just be a chestnut like thing and trimmed off. Ugh I'm still so worried.
If that photo shows her heel bulbs, that is an odd location for an ergot. They are usually coming out of the fetlock. And, it looks like your horse has no heel, or it is very run under. Can you post a side view?
Not to worry. Horses heal so well that they produce extra flesh, and in this case, extra hoof material. Older horses, especially can produce hoof material on the back of the pasterns. My older horses did, and I just clipped it off, which is what you should do with this piece of hoof hanging down.
He is over due for a trim. Our farrier had something come up and is running behind now. He is coming out though to look at this. His heels are very low and run down because of this. I can get a side view picture of this tomorrow.
So a lady I work with just got over a long battle of canker in her horse. She said he was very lame and that his foot was very sore..this gives me a glimmer of hope because my guy canterd up to me today and seemed to be in no pain. Praying this all works out!