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post #1 of 19 Old 06-14-2008, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE on Bricken's Hoof

It's been about a month since I last posted pics of Bricken's hoof that is screwed up. I don't know how it happened he just came in from the pasture with a chunk missing out of his hoof. It doesn't cause him any pain at all. I started him on Farrier's Formula about a month ago and I can already tell it's growing back some and his hooves are getting stronger and healthier.

Here is the pic from about a month ago...


And from today... (I know his hooves are awful looking, I've been trying my hardest to get them stronger and better looking. If you have any advice please let me know.)


Do you think it's improved a little?? I think it has but maybe it's just me. Again if you have any advice let me know. Thanks.
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post #2 of 19 Old 06-14-2008, 05:02 PM
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It looks way better. Have you been putting something on it or has it just grown back out?

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post #3 of 19 Old 06-14-2008, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Well besides the Farrier's Formula I've done nothing else. It's just grown back by itself. I think it has improved tremendously in just 1 month. Thanks for the response.
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it looks like it's starting to grow out. I'm sure barefoothooves will have something for ya. :)
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Ok thanks!
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post #6 of 19 Old 06-14-2008, 11:57 PM
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Woah it looks better, I'd still give it some time. ;)

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post #7 of 19 Old 06-15-2008, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, it'll take a few more months to completely heal.
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Looks pretty graphic, but isn't that big of a deal. Yes, it's growing in nicely!

Most likely he'd has an abscess in there, and it blew out, leaving separated material (wall) just barely attatched. It sloughed off, painlessly, like an old scab. It actually looks like a surgical "resection" that is done on extreme laminitis cases! What you see under there is his white line. But don't panic! As long as HE'S okay with it, you should be too. Obviously that exposed part would be more senistive if he struck a rock, but basically it's fine for now.

It's kind of like if you've ever smashed your finger hard enough for the nail to turn black and fall off. It grows back, but after the initial pain, it feels fine, but looks nasty.

It will take a few months to grow the hoof wall down completely, and a good hoof supplement (like you are giving) will help, as will plenty of exercise. I trim a couple of horses that have old wounds in the coronary band that scarred and they don't even have entire hoof walls (in the quarters). It' s just exposed white line that will never grow horn again. But they are barefoot and compete!

Keep up the good care! His foot is fine.
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Thanks barefoothooves. That was extemely helpful! I knew that since it wasn't causing him pain I shouldn't worry about it much but man does it look ugly. I just can't wait for it to grow back completely.

Also, do you think that his hooves in general look in good condition? For some reason they just look weak and fragile or maybe it's just me.
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post #10 of 19 Old 06-16-2008, 11:12 AM
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The biggest flaw I see is the metal nailed to them.

They (hooves, not shoes, LOL) are a tad tall, and the heels might be a little high-though that's impossible to say for sure from the angle of the pics. They look like average shod feet, and ready for a an apointment with your farrier. (or a barefoot trimmer to pull them and start a barefoot trim. )

If you want, you could email me more pics from different angles and I could better assess his feet. For ideas on what angles to take them from, take a glance at my website-sole shots, hoof up and looking from the heel to the toe, foot on ground level from the side, front and back. I've got the time if you want to send them.
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