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post #1 of 3 Old 11-19-2012, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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Sulci bruised by rock

Hi everyone,
I'm looking for some advice. My horse went to gather cattle today and a stone got stuck in his sulci. The part between the frog and the bars. It doesn't seem to have broken through the skin, but the poor old guy is very lame - it's a front foot and he's quite a big boy- weighing in at about +400kg's. Is there something I can do to help him? Vet said I can give him some Pennicilin if the skin is broken, but don't really have any other advice. He's not fond of a stable, but was thinking of keeping him near the house where he will be fed and don't have to forage or go far for his water with just one or two calm horses for company. Would that be ok, or would stable rest truly be best?
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-19-2012, 08:30 PM
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Yes, hopefully it's just a bad bruise, so I wouldn't lock him up, but if possible allow him to rest as he sees fit on yielding footing - pasture or such.

It's possible of course in a healthy hoof, but I do have to question hoof form that would allow for a rock to get stuck badly in the sulcii. I don't like over trimming of frogs, but perhaps it's just a matter of too much 'overhang' left on the sides of the frogs? Otherwise I'm thinking high, contracted heels or such may be to blame.
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-20-2012, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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loosie, thanks yeah I haven't actually taken such a critical look at his hoof conformation. He was trimmed by a farrier a few weeks ago so he's feet shouldn't be that bad at the moment. I hink the workers just took shortcut through a camp where my unshod horses aren't supposed to go being perhaps even slightly inebriated (he's not the sharpest tool in the shed so telling when he's just being his usual not so sharp self or if inebriated can be difficult) he didn't realise the horse was going lame and continued on his merry way. Only when stopping at the gate did the other riders tell him there's something wrong - your horse is lame. They removed the stone, but the damage was done.
I am wondering about maybe calling said farrier and asking if temporarily shoeing him half set would be benificial? Maybe just take some weight off the bruised parts. Don't know whether that would benefit him.
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