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  • Horse Coffin Bone protruding out of the sole
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    03-04-2011, 10:04 PM
  #1
Weanling
Should hooves be peeling this much and bulging?

Alright well I don't know much about horses in terms of medical issues. You'd think I would after riding all my life so far! :P Anyways, at my lesson the other day, when I was cleaning out the horses hooves, I noticed that the bottom of the hoof is peeling in rock hard chunks, and right inside the curve of the hoof is a bulging curve, almost like a hoof inside a hoof. The peeling chunks are pretty thick, and the white chalky stuff can be seen underneath. Are hooves supposed to do this? I brought it to my trainers attention, just in case, but she didn't look at them and just said they're peeling because, of the winter. But I personally want to know if I should bring this to her attention as a concern of mine. We kind of just blew it off then. I'm not as worried about the peeling as the bulge. I heard that the bulge could be the bone inside sliding down and pressing into it to create that?

I don't have any pictures but my lesson is tomorrow morning and I can try to take some then. I know it's her horse of course, but I would like to be informed of things like this since I will be getting my own horse soon hopefully.
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    03-05-2011, 12:57 PM
  #2
Weanling
It's really hard to visualize what you're describing...it could be what they call "seedy toe" where the laminae are exposed around the hoof wall. Or it could be the horse has overgrown bars or false sole...
     
    03-05-2011, 03:35 PM
  #3
QOS
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Can you post some pictures?
     
    03-05-2011, 04:44 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by QOS    
can you post some pictures?
I was going to today, but we had a really bad storm last night so all lessons got canceled today, so I'm going to have to take pictures at my next lesson in three days or so.
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    03-05-2011, 10:18 PM
  #5
Weanling
I know what you mean. The buldge is not the bone inside the foot (coffin) its probably just because the horse is due for trimming and the hoof wall is chipping off. As for the white stuff that is normal and can be a sign of thrush so I would put some bleach or thrush buster on it. I would have your trainer look at it cause it could be white line disease which is easily cured if you take care of it quickly.
     
    03-05-2011, 10:40 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Bandera    
I know what you mean. The buldge is not the bone inside the foot (coffin) its probably just because the horse is due for trimming and the hoof wall is chipping off. As for the white stuff that is normal and can be a sign of thrush so I would put some bleach or thrush buster on it. I would have your trainer look at it cause it could be white line disease which is easily cured if you take care of it quickly.
Alright, thank you. I will still post pictures if I can, but that's good to know! I was worried it could be the coffin bone rotating.
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    03-05-2011, 10:44 PM
  #7
Foal
First off but don't put bleach on the horses hooves of anywhere near there body!! Bleach is very powerful and can burn and cause bruising to the tissue in the hoof and can cause later problems. The bulging is most likely just overgrown hoof that needs to be trimmed down. When did he last get his feet done? The white stuff may just be hoof. If you pay attention to the farrier when he trimming the hoof itself is a white color. But if is smells really bad and seems the its affecting him it could be thrush. Or as bandera said before it could be white line disease. It could be many different things. Have your trainer or someone you trust look at it. Ask the farrier when he/she comes out to look at it. Ask questions it's very helpful. Good luck. I hope everything works out.
     
    03-05-2011, 11:33 PM
  #8
Weanling
Thanks!
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    03-06-2011, 12:22 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by LoveCuriousGeorge    
First off but don't put bleach on the horses hooves of anywhere near there body!! Bleach is very powerful and can burn and cause bruising to the tissue in the hoof and can cause later problems.

???? Everyone I have asked uses bleach for feet and its not harmful to the feet it just dries them out... idk I always thought bleach was weird to put on feet though lol... I prefer thrush buster cause its amazing and the thrush is gone in like 3 days!

And if the coffin bone rotated that much your horse would be severely lame so if its not its nothing to worry about :)
     
    03-10-2011, 05:18 PM
  #10
Weanling
OP,
I wouldn't be to concerned except for the fact that the horse most likely needs a trin/reset. Sounds like exfoliating sole for the most part. The "bump" you describe is most likely due to weather/time (winter)of year and nothing serious. Some describe as a "toe callous". If it were due to the coffin bone forcing the sole down (solar prolapse due to rotation/founder) the horse would be extremely lame.
     

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