This Saturday when I was talking with my farrier, he told me about a stud he had just worked on. The stud had kicked through a metal wall and did a lot of damage to his pastern. They tried saving the foot with a special shoe that would have locked his P2 back into the correct place, but he ended up injuring himself again and nearly severed the hoof off. It was literally hanging on by just skin. So my vet hacked the foot off and my farrier came up with a temporary prosthesis to last until Monday.
On Monday, five vets and farriers flew in from all over the country, including Dr. Ric Redden. They laid him down in the field at the therapy center and went to work, both my vet and farrier aiding in the surgery. The surgery involved removing the P2(I believe also the P1) and I think graphing some frog onto the stump. Though the frog graphing may come at a later date. The frog actually grows on the stump and acts as a callous for the horse to walk on(How freaking cool is that?!?!".
Before speaking with my farrier, I never knew a horse prosthesis was possible. Turns out, he actually used to own a mare with a prosthesis himself! When it comes time to trim the hooves, you simply remove the prosthesis and trim up the frog as it supposedly grows like wildfire. So I decided to share this story with you for maybe some entertainment. Maybe to show you that the loss of a foot isn't a death sentence anymore. Or maybe to brag about my amazing vet and farrier whom I idolize.
Prosthetic leg saves Injured horse's life | khou.com Houston
(Can you tell my vet is an Aggie? )