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post #1 of 44 Old 08-25-2010, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question Ugly foot!

We got a new horse yesterday- an amazing 16 year old QH gelding who has been-there and done-that, and is the perfect guy to really teach my kids the finer points of riding.

However, (is it just me, or with horses- is there always a "however"?. . .) he is chronically unsound because of a bad barbed wire fence accident seven years ago.
He is not head-bobbing,hoof-dragging lame, but there is a definite hitch in his gitalong.

I'm posting pictures of his hoof here, so that anyone with advice or experience with coronet-band hoof injuries can offer input.

He has been shod for riding (pretty much only summers) for the last 7 years. He moved from a damp footing pasture, but will now be on a dry rocky hillside.
He is noticeably better with an easyboot on, but I noticed the strap that holds it against the heel puts a lot of pressure against his heel bulb, which seems tender.

My plan is to have the front shoe pulled off his other forefoot (the shoe had already fallen off of his funky foot a couple months ago), and have a good barefoot trimmer get all his feet shaped and balanced however best to support his injured hoof. Ultimately I'd like to be trimming him myself- I trim my other horses- but I've never really delt with feet like this, so will be working with someone for now.
I will probably have to experiment with different hoofboots to find something that supports his hoof without putting undue pressure on the soft tissues surrounding it.

Umm. . . Sorry for the nove! I'm kind of fascinated by hooves.









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post #2 of 44 Old 08-25-2010, 12:33 PM
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This poor boy most certainly looks like he has some nutritional issues that are not being met.

Wow.
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Poor guy. =[ I have no farrier-related input, except it's probably best to not shoe him. I can't imagine putting holes in an already torn up hoof. But you probably realize that if you are looking for a barefoot trimmer and horseboots. =]

Also, it wouldn't hurt to put him on a Biotin supplement. In fact, I think it would help him tremendously.

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Also, it wouldn't hurt to put him on a Biotin supplement. In fact, I think it would help him tremendously.
I would guess he needs more than just Biotin.
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It kinda makes me wonder if maybe he ended up with some kind of infection in the injury that is still lingering in that area. In all honesty, his hoof reminds me of people's feet when they have nasty nail fungus. The main reason why that comes to mind is that it looks kinda okay up near the coronet band but gets nasty looking as it starts to grow out. I might be totally off base but it could be worth looking into.

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My first horse had a pretty nasty band injury but it never got that bad. His was a back leg but it always had to be barefoot. If you needed a shoe, it had to be a glue on. The yucky growth is just so soft...it would have destroyed it had it had nails in it. This was ten years ago but he was on horseshoers secret and knox gelatin. It made his hooves grow strong and fast. He never took a lame step though. I think your boy could have a chance at a really good recovery if you find the right trimmer, the right nutrition and the right footing for him.

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post #7 of 44 Old 08-25-2010, 12:58 PM
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Ooo that's not a nice foot id say with dedicated care time and farrier visits it could get reformed. It looks like yiu can peel the top later the hoof off like those with weak nails can do. Id definitely look into hoof supplements

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I would guess he needs more than just Biotin.
Me too, but the Biotin would still help. I love my Horseshoer's Secret. I'll let my horses run out of grain before I'll run out of my HS. =]

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I have no idea what he was getting to eat. We feed free choice grass hay and a little bit of whole oats. I'm thinking he will neet some joint supplements as well, because he "clicks" a lot when he moves. This foot definitely looks different than his other three, although all are splittong/cracking to some degree. Here's a picture of him, so you can see his other hooves and his overall condition.
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I have had several horses with coronet band injuries, but none that look like that!! There are two issues I see here that are contributing to his condition:

1.) Poor diet. Looks to me like he has not been getting the nutrients he needs from his diet for quite some time. Notice the poor hoof condition all around the hoof? It shouldn't look like that. Now that doesn't mean he hasn't been fed, just that he hasn't been fed a balanced diet. Biotin will definitely help but bear in mind it will take around 6-12 months to entirely grow out all that old, cruddy hoof. A good solid diet with plenty of protein, even supplements like vitamin E and selenium will help to grow a healthy hoof.

2.) Poor hoof care. You can see at the top of the hoof where the original site of injury was and it is relatively minor. The reason so much hoof has broken away is related to poor diet as I mentioned above but also because this horse hasn't appeared to have regular, quality farrier treatment. As he is at the moment, he may need shoes to help support that hoof and prevent further damage. This won't always be the case, when the new, healthy hoof has grown back it should be strong enough to enable him to go without shoes provided you won't be asking for too much lateral work given the site of the coronet band injury.

I know you have just got him and hope this doesn't all sound so doom and gloom but with time that hoof will look much much better, you will barely even notice the coronet band injury!

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