I wonder sometimes if horses LOOK for something to hurt themselves on. I keep my 4 horses on a 20 acre field. No trees, no stuff, just a big rectangle of flat grass. Two nights ago, my barrel mare of all things comes off the field limping and I find her right front foot covered in blood. Upon closer examination I find why. It LOOKS like she stepped into a wire and then yanked back catching herself just above the heal and it's now a gaping horizontal line deep into the fleshy part of the back of her foot. Luckily no damage to the hoof itself. Just a huge horizontal cut or separation. We decided against stitches because there's too much movement going on back there. I'm now treating her with Underwoods and of course have her on penicillin shots. I'm looking into placing a wedge on the foot to keep that gap from opening so much with each step. I'm not wrapping it per Underwoods' directions. My vet is satisfied with how we're approaching everything. My mare is in good spirits, eating and drinking. It'll just be a long healing road I'm sure. Why my barrel mare??!!! I need encouragement that she'll recover from this. Anyone have any good Underwoods success stories? Anyone deal with a similar injury and if so, how did it turn out?