I wouldn't advise iodine, as it kills healthy tissue along with any infection, so it can ****** or slow new growth. Hardening the sole is not what you need, but rather thickening it, which only comes with growth.
No shoes. Sorry. Won't go there. Not sure what it would take for me to put shoes on a horse, but I know this isn't it.
Don't be sorry about that
. While I don't think it's necessarily
bad to put shoes on a healthy hoof, if part time, if they're applied well & the horse is well managed, I believe it's generally unhelpful & generally detrimental to put them on a sick foot.
Lisa has been under my care and without shoes for 3 years. Her feet are usually beautiful. They are an inch wider in the heel and an inch shorter heel-to-toe than they used to be. She has a variety of terrain -- paddock is grass, clay and some rock.
That all sounds great. Looks as though you may help her further by backing up or rolling the toe more, and the whole foot would benefit from a mustang roll. I'd need more pics & angles if you would like real advice or critique on the trim tho.
Jade, (the second pics) had just been transitioned from shoes to barefoot when that happened. However, transitioning wouldn'texplain it happening again a few months later. Looking back now, I'm thinking that I didn't trim her properly after removing the shoes which is what is so important in transitioning.
There are many factors that are important when 'transitioning' aside from the trim. Protecting the hooves until they're strong enough is one, especially if you're riding on rocky trails. 'Transitioning' can last anywhere from no time to a year or more, depending on the horse & situation. Regarding improper trims, it's possible the heels are a little too short, but only a guess without further pics to go on.
I have transitioned three of my own horses from shoes and several others. None have had issues.
Not knocking you, as it's not at all necessarily your mistake that it's happened, but what do you call these probs if not 'issues'??
Walking on it will toughen it up enough for my purposes.
....Or cause more abscesses & setbacks if without protection. I'd pad/boot that
foot at least, on rough ground at least, at least until she's grown a fair bit of sole back.
I couldn't agree that this is what happened. ESPECIALLY since this has happened three times on three different feet on two different horses but always in the same place. Just too coincidental for me to think it's abscess.
That's a fair point. Then I'd agree that they're not(or almost certainly not all) abscesses *from stone bruises*. Still think it's a hoof 'blow out' from solar abscess tho. Forgive me if you've mentioned it already, but at what level of soundness, 'transitioning', etc do you consider is Lisa at? You mention contracted heels widening, which could be the cause. If these horses are both same breed from the same farm, it's very possible that previous management/environment & possibly genetic foot conformation could be at the bottom of it.