Originally Posted by Monty77
I've got a friend who has a horse with very strange hoof issues. She tells me that the hoof wall is sperated from the rest of the hoof, and its getting worst because mud keeps getting packed into the gap. I don't really understand what is happening so don't ask me to try and explain in detail.
It's not "strange" at all. Separation of the wall from the sole is indicative of imbalanced and/or excess ground reaction force on the wall and compromised interdigital laminae.
So what we want to know is if she could put a type of easy boot on her horse while he's in the field, under saddle, in a stall, etc. He can't wear shoes due to the lack of hoof wall, so this is one of her only options...
Booting a horse with compromised laminae is generally contra-indicated.
The compromised laminae are subject to intrusion by opportunistic anaerobic bacteria/fungus that thrive in the oxygen free environment a boot would create. Further, hoof boots are not intended for 24/7 use.
A lack of supportive hoof wall can make shoeing difficult, but not impossible. There are various methods of applying support/protection if necessary. The ability to attach any needed orthotic has more to do with the skill of the practitioner than any lack of wall.