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    09-04-2009, 07:07 PM
Odd hoof situation *pics*

A few days ago, I noticed that Lisa's near hind hoof had what at first glance appeared to be a deep cut just at the coronary band. Since I had had this happen twice already to my other horse, I knew what to expect. So, I checked it out and it is almost identical to the previous occassions. I trimmed off the loose part that day and figured I'd keep an eye on it. Well, the next day I went out and here is what I saw:

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So, I got rid of the slough and ended up with this: (I rounded it off better later.)

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She had no heat, no pain, no swelling, no lameness, no discomfort -- nada. There was indication of a small bruise about 1/2 down the bar toward the outside. During the trim job, she kept smacking her lips as usual, maybe even more. When I was done, same deal -- no discomfort whatsoever.

I think this is telling me that I have not been keeping the heels far enough down/back so the hoof is taking care of it for me. But, it still strikes me as odd. Other horses whose heels get away don't do this. Why mine? Lisa has been here for 3 years and this is the first time for her. Jade has been here 1 year and she's had it twice.

I HAVE walked the paddocks endlessly looking for something, but haven't found anything except a few sharp rocks.
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    09-04-2009, 09:10 PM
My first guess is that it is where an abcess had ruptured at the hairline and you are seeing the crack in the hoof as it grows out but I'm not sure. I have never had an abcess bust in that location nor have I ever seen anything like that.
    09-04-2009, 09:22 PM
I agree...it looks like the remnants of a ruptured abscess at the coronet band. If that is the case, she would not be in any pain now and there wouldn't be any heat.
    09-04-2009, 11:33 PM
But she, nor the other horse, were EVER in any pain. EVER!
    09-04-2009, 11:39 PM
I don't know. Some horses can have small abcesses and never present with any symptoms but it could have been caused by something completely different.
    09-05-2009, 12:18 AM
Here's a pic of what my other girl's first time round of the same thing:



Now this happened shortly after she arrived here, so I didn't have any history on her. But the same thing happened a few months later, though not as bad, on her other hind foot.

I tell you, it scared the crap out of me the first time!
    09-05-2009, 12:19 AM
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I was going to say abcess too. Once they blow out, there is no sign of lameness. My mare had one last spring and the only indication I saw was a couple of days of "careful" walking in her field, then I found a similar blow out at the coronary band a week later.
    09-05-2009, 01:32 AM
But if it was an absess wouldn't I have seen something BEFORE it got to this stage? Unless these were caused by absesses, I have no experience with them.
    09-05-2009, 01:40 AM
I would guess an abcess too. Horses with an abcess are typically lame one day, sound the next, or even lame a few hours and fine the rest of the day. It's not usually a consistent lameness. Is it possible that you just missed the horse's lame moments?

And as a side note, I know how hard it is to give a horse a heel, but I think with good, consistent trims and maybe a hoof supplement, you can put some heel's on these horse's. Maybe that will held prevent them from getting this kind of injury again? It's just that my horse has no heel, but her's are still longer than that. =|
    09-05-2009, 02:02 AM
Ya, well, she doesn't have a heel right now because of this situation. Usually she does have two heels on each hoof! LOL

I've been reading and looking and searching and if this is indeed from an abscess, I must have just missed her lameness once and the other horse twice??? Am I that bad? I wonder? I look at their feet everyday! I feel like such a dummy if that's what this is.

Honest-to-God I didn't see any lameness, no dark spots, no smell, no pockets, no heat, nada until PRESTO! Here is this heel falling off. I suppose if she would have been lame just for a few hours or most of only one day I could miss it. I don't ride every day, but I do see them every day -- right from my dining table and of course when I go to the barn. Never noticed a thing. THREE times? That's what keeps getting me -- THREE times! What the heck? And always at the same place?

Oh... I dunno. I'm going to read up some more and then go to bed.

Thanks everyone!

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