Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
You cleaned it and put some antiseptic on it, so as your farrier said, just keep an eye on it. As long as you don't see signs of infection, just let it be and resist the urge to continue to clean it. Most folks over treat minor injuries and cause them to take longer to heal by continuing to scrub and irritate them, pick scabs, etc. Our vet has a saying...clean it and then treat using "benign neglect", i.e. nature does a pretty good job of healing wounds.
BTW, if the injury actually affects the coronet band, you may see some slight deformity (like a slit) as the hoof grows out. This is typically just cosmetic and nothing to worry about.
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Last edited by PaintHorseMares; 12-08-2012 at 05:19 AM.