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post #1 of 6 Old 07-17-2012, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Injury to cornet band

Flash clipped himself during lunging today and got a small gash on his cornet band (I think that's the right term- where the hair meets the hoof?). It started bleeding a bit, so I cleaned it up and treated it with blu-kote. Do wounds in this area require certain care? I know this is where the hoof grows from and am wondering if the cut can cause any lasting damage to the hoof? Its about a half inch long, and doesn't appear very deep.
I'm mostly just wondering if I treat this the same as other minor cuts, or if it requires further treatment?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-17-2012, 09:00 PM
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In my experience, not very deep one's can be treated like a typical boo-boo, but keep this area SERIOUSLY clean!! This is a good area for abscess's to develop - so keep it clean. If the wound is deep you may notice your horse's hoof with grow in with a little dent in. One of the stallions at the rescue looks almost cloven-hooved in one of his hooves from an old Coronary band issue. But I don't think a little cut will make that big of a deal. Keep it clean try hard not to let it reopen and invest in some boots when riding until he gets the hang of not stepping on himself :P
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Thank you for the information. I wasn't sure if it was something that required vet care or not. Its not really deep, just a little chunk torn out by the hoof. I have the farrier comming out next tuesday for a trim, so will have her take a look at it then, or sooner if it becomes an issue. Unfortunately, its in a area that's impossible to keep clean, so all I can do is wash it up every day and hope that keeps it clean enough. Would it be a good idea to put a bellboot on that foot until it heals to help keep it clean and keep it from reopening? He is a clumsy boy and is known to get his feet tangled up when playing in the paddock.
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I always try and consult my vet (I'm a new horse owner.. first horse and had him less than 2 yrs) because sometimes stitching it up is the best thing you can do. Other times it heals as long as you keep it fairly tidy.

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-18-2012, 11:44 PM
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It certainly wouldn't hurt to call your vet and just tell them what happened, not to come out unless the bleeding is constant. But ya you could put a bell boot on, so long as it's not rubbing or irritating the wound. Every time the horse comes in, clean it, clean it in the morning before you put them out, clean it at every meal and clean it before bed! Very serious area to keep from getting abscesses.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-19-2012, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the info. It was scabbed over last night. I gave it another cleaning as it looked a bit dirty. Tried to find bellboots at the store last night, but they didn't have any in his size so I decided to lightly wrap it to keep the dust and dirt out. It actually didn't look all that bad yesterday, but I'm a paranoid mommy and always think the worst. The vet said to consult my farrier as its more of a hoof concern (after stating to keep it clean of course). I tried to get ahold of my farrier yesterday but she was unavailable. She is supposed to call me tonight.
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