Originally Posted by loosie
That doesn't even look like flesh to me, let alone proud, looks like the crack's now in the hoofwall?? Pardon if that was explained earlier & I haven't read all replies. As when we bash or cut our own finger at the cuticle, that being where the nail grows from, it can often damage the nail there & it will grow out with a crack. It appears to me that's what's happened. I'd just watch that it doesn't get infected & possibly open it up a little for treatment if it is or there is big risk, given environment, and when it grows down near the bottom, keep an eye on it & keep the foot trimmed in such a way as to minimise the risk of it breaking away too soon. As someone else said, damage to the coronet like that may result in a vertical crack & depending on the damage, it can often have a permenant 'fault line' - a superficial crack, more of a dent, even after it's all healed.
But what concerns me is the shape of the wall on that side, as I've highlighted in your pic. Did the horse have nice straight walls(the rest looks ok from what can be seen) before the event, or is this another prob? Could be because that area has been weakened & there has been permanant pressure on the wall in that area, due to being shod. I'd consider if that may be the case - or if that funky shape is not directly related to the injury - that it may be best to keep the horse unshod & well trimmed, at least until it can heal.
As previously stated that leg is turned in...His hoof wall was flattened by the pressure of where his leg broke over because of poor trimming and that has already been addressed hence the shoes. The granulation is above the hoof but building over it as shown in previous pictures.
I don't mind scaring as he is far from a halter horse and will probably only be used for trails and work.
I was out there today and the buildup has gone down and once the ground drys out a little I think I might try to reopen it and flush it one more time, just from the top not the whole thing. I just don't want to do it while the ground is saturated and it could get even more infected then the first time.
HoofMechanic - the abscess was there before shoeing as was the weakness from it being flat trimmed and never properly taken care of. I had it trimmed for the correction several times before even considering shoeing him. I did however shoe him because I am working on training him more and taking him off the ranch for rides out on gravel roads. It is on the hairline and it hasn't bothered him, no limping, lifting, or rubbing, etc. He was kept on a property with no drainage where one horse had cankers two thrush and one hoof rot before I got him so yes I'm going to have my challenges with his health.