What's going on with my mare's hoof? (pic)
About 5 days ago my mare started limping just a bit on her left front, I picked it up, cleaned it out, and everything looked fine she didn't seem to be in serious pain only when she stepped on a sharp rock or something like that so I assumed she bruised it slightly on a rock or whatever and decided to just keep an eye on it for the next few days. Well anyway yesterday I go out and pick her foot up and see this...so can anyone explain this to me? is this an abscess that has blown out or something else? She has been barefoot her whole life and really I haven't had hardly any trouble with her feet at all (aside from occasionally growing WAY too fast lol) so I'm not sure if this is something I should be worried about or not.
It looks like she could have two things going on there... a blown abscess and some aggressive thrush or some other microbial invasion - but it is hard to say w/o more pictures. It is also hard to say, but it looks like some bruising on the heel. I would get the hoof attended too.
Did she hit herself with a hind foot?
^ thats what im thinking- its bruised too.. could also be greasy heel-- have your vet take a look at it.
These are all the pics I have handy...really all about from the same angle but I couldn't see the screen on the camera in the bright sun so I was just taking tons to make sure I had a couple decent ones. She has never contacted her front feet with her back before since I have owned her (almost 4 years)...her feet were all pretty long when I noticed she was limping a bit so it is possible. The farrier came out yesterday but neither of us noticed this at the time. I saw it later on last night and then today ran water over it and cleaned it off pretty good to get a better look. The dirty pics are from last night and the clean ones from today. Off to the side there is also some sort of blown out bit as well...I didn't think much of her being off a little bit 5 days ago because there are quite a few rocks in the pasture and the flies have been pretty bad lately but after finding this I'm definitely concerned...
Fluffy, my mare overreaches on occasion. This (photo) could be that, but in my case they always have the tell tale signs of "impact" from behind that included "downward force" as you would expect. The one in the photo looks like it would fit upward eruption better.
It looks scabby all the way up to the fetlock joint-- greasy heel- my opinion.
abscess would be a hole where something come out- not all scabby like that and they dont scar up the legs.
Whats your horses breed?
The affected area by the coronet right above the central sulcus...in person, does it seem like a growth, a raw spot, a scab, or? Is it firm? Does she respond to it when you touch it?
added...I am inclined to agree w toto about the "spot" above the central sulcus. I had to look greasy heal up, I have only ever heard the term, I have never actually seen it. But a vet would be able to positively id it.
I am going to keep cleaning it really well and disenfecting it at least a couple times a day and if I don't see some improvement by Monday I will most likely have her looked at by the vet...I also have started to suspect it was from her ridiculously long heels prior to being trimmed. I had a heck of a time getting the farrier out because he was so busy the last few weeks...I plan on learning more about how to trim so I can eventually do it myself. I'm tired of seeing her feet in "less than pleasing" condition because I can't get the farrier out when I would like. :-x <--- frustration
It seems like a raw spot as if the skin peeled off right there and exposed another less developed later under it which is beginning to scab over. It isn't hard its fairly soft right there and she does respond when I touch it but it is so slight I can't tell if she is just getting tired of me messing with her foot or if it actually hurts her. If you look to the right of the spot that is peeling off in the pictures you can see what looks like a blowout from an abscess to me but I can't be sure...also looks slightly bruised I would say. She is an appy/QH cross you can see her mottled skin (at least that's what I thought it was rather than a scab as I don't feel anything odd in that region with my hands) the leg through her fur which is still wet from me washing it
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