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Torn hoof wall
My weanling (almost a yearling now) colt has done some damage to his hind hoof. He was at the far end of the field in the forest whan I called him, and I heard a tremendous crashing noise just before he came galloping out of the trees. I think he ran into a pile of old branches and downed trees we had piled up when we were cleaning up from winter storms. I inspected him carefully and noticed he has a fairly nasty looking tear in his hoof wall, just below the coronary band. I did not have my camera with me so no pics I'm afraid, but it's a horizontal tear or crack very high up on the hoof, and it looks quite deep. There was no bleeding and he is not limping at all. I left a message for the vet to call me in the morning, and I smeared pine tar over the whole thing (an old folk remedy I remembered from years ago). He is now confined in the round pen for the night. Is there anything else I can do for now? And what should I watch out for as the hoof grows out? Any other tips?
I'm bumping this up again as I was unable to sleep all night. I will be calling the farrier as well as the vet this a.m. I found online there is a product called Equibond for hoof wall repair. Has anyone had any experience with this product? It sounds like it may be the answer, as I am worried about the integrity of the hoof now, and the fact that he might do further damage by running around.
Oops, sorry- just looked again and it's called Equilox not Equibond
Does it look like this?
YES! It looks very similar except it goes right to the back of his hoof, up near his heel. It's about the same length too.
I was there first thing this morning to check on it. We had made previous plans for today to go to a big equine extravaganza in town, and I'm pretty sure every farrier on Vancouver Is. will be there. I have taken some pics on my phone to take with me, and will ask there. For now the hoof looks very stable- the tear is not nearly as long as I had been visualizing all night.
Katie, this is most likely an abscess blow-out hole. Most abscesses migrate to the coronet band to exit since it is the softest/easiest spot for it to leave the hoof. If it's the same general location on your guy's hoof as in that photo, I'd say it blew out around 2-3 months ago. It's not something to be hugely concerned about but I would not try to pack or seal it, as you can trap more bacteria in there. Do your best to keep it clean (you could soak it once a week in apple cider vinegar and water to kill any bacteria in there). It will most likely grow out nicely, as long as you keep his feet trimmed regularly. As it nears the bottom make sure it does not flare or it could break off.
Thank you I'll ask about that- I hope you're right. It's a little higher up on his hoof so probably happened more recently. There is no sign of pus or oozing though, but the field has been quite wet so it may have been oozing recently and I couldn't tell.
I don't know what the odds are that your guy had an abscess blow out, Katie. While that is what can be seen on the picture above, I just have a hard time imagining a yearling with an abscess like that. That doesn't mean it's impossible though. Anyway...
So long as the hoof is stable and since there is no blood and no lameness, I'm sure he's fine. He likely hung himself on something in the trees, it happens all the time. The only issue you might have as it grows out is that along the gash will be more likely to break off prematurely when it gets closer to the ground. No big deal, his foot will just have a notch for a while until it grows out farther.
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