Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
IMHO, were that my rescue, I would get the vet involved. I know that costs money but it’s a given with rescues to “expect the unexpected”.
I would want to know exactly what that growth is and/or what’s underneath it.
If your friend doesn’t have an all-around farm vet or an equine vet, he/she needs to get a better picture of that (dry), find a clinic he/she is comfortable with and show the pic to the receptionist, and a vet in the office.
Nothing gets a vet’s attention more than a picture - and telling them the horse is lame because of whatever that is.
For now, Without knowing what that is, the safest thing would be soak in Epsom salts and barely warm water, if the horse will let you. Then pat dry with paper towels.
Since there’s an odor there is, indeed, anaerobic issues going on. They only get worse without medication.
Again, the safest thing for now would be to use a combo of equal parts of Triple Antibiotic Ointment/Equate brand diaper rash paste with 40% zinc oxide/any name brand of athletes foot cream.
If the horse will let both of you quietly (and quickly) work on that hoof by soaking and applying innocent meds from the WalMart shelf, it would be a head start for the vet visit and hopefully bring some relief to the horse.
Keeping the horse in a clean, dry stall part of the day would also go a long way toward healing:)
And, if the horse is fairly good natured to put up with its hoof being fooled with, that says a lot for who it is:):)
Best wishes and PLEASE keep updating:):). I’m curious what the vet says:)
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.