Originally Posted by SallyRC123
Thanks alot for your help guys,
The vet has diagnosed her with an infection due to a crack in her hoof and said the crack could cause problems for the rest of her life =[. She's on a course of oral antibiotics for 5 days and if she's no better, they will have to drop her and rasp the hoof back and put a quarter shoe on.
Has anyone delt with infections before?
Well, good to hear you have a diagnosis. I would keep her outside in a paddock that is dry and hard (no mud). Outside ground is "cleaner" than stalls as far as bacteria go. I would ask the vet about soaking the hoof in epsom salts to kill any bacteria that gets in the crack, or using any other topical treatment.
I would talk to your farrier about sealing the crack with epoxy or whatever your side of the equator uses to rebuild damaged hoof wall. Also ask about a plate or mesh that can be epoxied or screwed on over the crack, to prevent it from cracking further.
I would put your horse on some hoof supplements and MSM or Yucca to help the hoof crack grow out quicker and reduce inflammation.