Yes, Vetericyn (spelled correctly that time) would be the BEST thing for that injury. Shoot its the best thing for ANY injury in my opinion! I am a firm believer in that stuff :) I mean take a look at what it did for my mare.
She got caught up on a bolt after what we think happened because another horse started kicking at her while she had her head hanging over the fence with the gate (gate bolt) to her left. The bolt stabbed into her and she got hung up. After trying to pull free the damage was a ripped open gash that was about 8 inches long and 8 inches deep, she also had puncture wounds under the skin that you can not see from the bolt that were about 6 inches deep and full of air (because of these the vet stitched her up). My mare ripped her stitches out about two days later and the vet told me to just leave it opened and keep it clean. So that is all I did, other then adding a few squirts of Vetericyn :) the 3rd picture is of her injury only about 2 weeks later and the last picture is of the scar it left (she does have a little bit of a winter coat in this picture).
I think it will help loads with your horses injury but just know that will an injury like that, that actually cut the coronet band, it will most likely cause your horse to have a split/crack straight down and all the way through his hoof. Nothing that should cause him any pain or prevent you from riding him, it will just look ugly. A friend of mine owns a gelding who injured his coronet band when he was very young and it caused a straight crack down his hoof, because the coronet band is forever damaged. He runs barrels and has no issues, she does shoe him during heavy show season just to prevent extra stress to the crack but she has had no issues with it.
p.s. Before anyone says anything about the bolt just know that this was not on my property (she was staying over at one of my friends places for a night because I was visiting with them) and the bolt was cut off shortly after.
Last edited by sierrams1123; 02-02-2012 at 01:01 AM.
Edit: I do not know why the 3rd picture is coming up so stinking small?!
Also, you can see my friends gelding's hoof that is messed up in the background of the 1st picture. You can just barely see what looks like a dark spot at the top of his hoof (the damage to the band it even caused his hair growth to grow funny) and then straight down is a line (that is the crack). I will try and get a better picture of his hoof if you would like.
well his hoof is already weird so I don't think a crack will cause to much trouble. And OUCH!!!
Ok I think there is like one place in town that I can get vetericyn but I'l have to send my lil sis to look next time she goes in for school.
Never heard of Vetericyn, but I tried a spray called "Debrisol" on Merlin's pastern proud flesh. It is meant to eat away all the bad tissue without damaging the good stuff...But was a waste of money.
I ended up going to the produce shop and getting a small handful of Copper Sulfate...It cost less than $2. Just put it on the proud flesh, place gamgee over it and bandage with vet wrap. I left it on for 48 hours, then applied some more CS and left on for 24 hours and voila, all the proud flesh was gone. Couldn't believe how well it worked 0_0
Pic 1 is before copper sulfate, pic 2 is application 1 and pic 3 is application 2.
After the last photo I slathered it in Manuka honey every day. I should take a photo of what it is now...Barely anything.
These photos are pretty big, don't know how to resize =/ but you get the idea! :)
Sonny's cut is mostly healed now but I have some issues with the way it healed. It protrudes from the side of the coronet and hoof wall. It stuck out a little after the abscess broke through but now it just looks bad.
I would really rather not have to reopen it or have the vet out because it doesnt hurt him but I don't want it damaging his hoof wall to much or anything.
OH! Also we got him up to a light canter the other day!!! He fussed up because I had only been working him in the round pen and bareback if I got on but I took him out to the pasture and he fussed the first day cantered the second. I have also learned that he knows what the words "sweet feed" and "apple snacks"
Because of this damage to the coronet band it will never grow back together, causing a crack to continue down his hoof like this.
as far as the uneven hoof wall that is growing in funny, this is normal.
My mare suffered from a tendon injury and the hoof started growing in the same way, no crack of course, when I pointed it out to my vet during her last visit he said that when horses get some injuries or under go a change in feed/heath, or are under a lot of stress it can cause a change in their hoof growth, you just have to let it grow out and everything will return to normal.
I would not worry about it, my farrier files my mares down to even it up, its about half way down her hoof now the growth on top of it and on the bottom of it are normal its just this one area (i will try and get a picture). Feeding her a hoof supplement would not be a bad idea to promote more growth, but it is going to be ugly/funky looking for a while. There is no reason your horse would not be sound, it is not painful for them.
Have you spoken to your farrier about it?
Last edited by sierrams1123; 02-11-2012 at 08:44 PM.
proud flesh is good. Have a vet out to get it off and clean it up. I was told NOT to use wonder dust by my vet. She said most of the time it does more harm then good cause it burns off the healthy tissue that's trying to grow in, instead of getting rid of the bad stuff. I had a horse with a life threatning wound to the pasturn and around to the front of his hoof. After I had the vet out and she cleaned it up I used a spray that starts with a "s" (sorry I can't remember what its called) its in a tan and dark brown spray bottle maybe someone else can help me with what its called. Its been almost 2 years since I have had to use it "Thank goodness"