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post #1 of 8 Old 06-23-2013, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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hoof sole crumbling and wound on lip. help.

Yesterday night when I was picking out my horse's hooves, I noticed that the left back hoof's sole is coming off-crumbling off- when I pick out his hooves. He doesnt have any heat in his hoof and he doesnt limp and he lets me clean his hooves ok. I am getting the farrier over to look at it either tomorrow or on tuesday. Oh, and my horse has thrush again. Could that be the cause?

Today after church, I went to get my horse from the back pasture and I noticed that he has a small wound on his lip. At first it looked like a large pimple or something. I squeezed it and something popped off/out(skin or something???) and it bled a bit. I was scared that he might have been shot with a bb gun or he poked himself? He dosnt mind me looking at it. He is due for his tetanus shots. This is what it looks like. Sorry it's blurry.
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Is his sole is white and flaky, it sounds like it's just exfoliating sole. It's completely normal, like shedding skin. If it's been muddy where you're at, that's usually when the sole exfoliates more due to the moisture. It's excess sole shedding off.

As for the cut, it could be very insignificant. I'd get his tetanus shot and keep the wound clean. He probably poked it while grazing.

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Is his sole is white and flaky, it sounds like it's just exfoliating sole. It's completely normal, like shedding skin. If it's been muddy where you're at, that's usually when the sole exfoliates more due to the moisture. It's excess sole shedding off.

As for the cut, it could be very insignificant. I'd get his tetanus shot and keep the wound clean. He probably poked it while grazing.
I noticed today that actually 3 of his hooves have the sole coming off. It is whitish crumbly stuff that comes off cleanly in chunks and there is a new white, slightly soft sole underneath. I never cease to marvel at a horse's hoof! The hoof wall isnt supposed to come off along with the sole, right?
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I noticed today that actually 3 of his hooves have the sole coming off. It is whitish crumbly stuff that comes off cleanly in chunks and there is a new white, slightly soft sole underneath. I never cease to marvel at a horse's hoof! The hoof wall isnt supposed to come off along with the sole, right?
No, the hoof wall doesn't come off with the sole.
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No, the hoof wall doesn't come off with the sole.
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Ok good. But it does look sort of strange. Oh well, He's due for a trim anyway.
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Ok good. But it does look sort of strange. Oh well, He's due for a trim anyway.
He may look long, but that new sole builds up pretty quickly, too.
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I know it looks funky! It freaked me out the first time I saw it, too. But it's completely normal. Good for you for getting the farrier out, though! If it had been an emergency, getting the farrier out ASAP definitely would have been the right thing to do.
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