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    03-04-2013, 11:10 PM
Green Broke
What would you do if this was your horse? -photo-

Hi, guys. Long, depressing story short, this was a horse I worked with that was eventually auctioned off.

So, if this was your horse what would you have done? I'm asking for curiosity sake because I am not very well versed in anything past basic hoof care and I was young at the time.
Would he be an instant euthanasia or was there any chance for rehab?

I don't know what other info I need to provide, but he was obviously very lame.

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    03-04-2013, 11:21 PM
Green Broke
My goodness, it looks like a crushed can. I would have euthed if there wasn't a chance for him to ever be comfortable again. But I don't know much about hoof care so I'm not sure if something like that can be rehabilitated.
    03-04-2013, 11:36 PM
Is cutting off the leg and starting over an option?

I'd hate to see what the bottom of that hoof looked like. Or radiographs. The coffin bone...
    03-04-2013, 11:46 PM
Wow, I never seen nothin like that in my life. What caused this?
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    03-04-2013, 11:47 PM
Green Broke
You can see where the new growth is growing in at the correct angle. It would not have been difficult to monitor the growth and correct the issue. I've seen much worse hooves make a great recovery. You would definitely need an experienced farrier to work with those hooves, but there would be no reason for him to not be sound in the future.
    03-04-2013, 11:49 PM
Green Broke
To my knowledge, he cut his neck and was stall bound at the vet for awhile, where he foundered.

Owner didn't want to let the vet do anything so he brought him home like this with no treatment. Oh, I forgot. He got a pair of steel shoes. -sigh-

Owner had the, "If it ain't bleeding it's fine," mentality.
    03-04-2013, 11:56 PM
Green Broke
Yikes, if only you could see the internal damage there. Poor guy must have been in a lot of pain.
    03-05-2013, 12:24 AM
Did the coffin bone punch through the bottom?It does look like new growth growing properly.
    03-05-2013, 02:29 AM
I've seen horses have their hooves taken off in an accident, it is possible for the horses to regrow what they have lost. There is a youtube video about a Barrel racing horse with just the same story.
    03-05-2013, 02:50 AM
Unfortunately I'm familiar with this sort of thing One very good reason why it's good to learn more than 'the basics' about hoof care. Traditionally, yes, if you ask a vet, more than likely a horse with that degree of founder, they would say it's 'incurable' but these days, horses such as this are being returned to health & soundness regularly.

This horse suffered a big laminitic 'attack' a month or few(probably few) back and has what looks like severe 'rotation' of P3. While it's hard to tell from these pics, it appears the hairline at the toe is quite low, which indicates there is unlikely to be much in the way of sole covering the tip of P3 - could even have penetrated. If this went on for long, the tip of P3 will be lost and if too much of it is worn away, the horse may not be able to be rehabilitated, but if it wasn't too bad, with good management(likely intensive for a while at least) it could grow nice feet again.

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