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post #1 of 34 Old 03-11-2020, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Potential Hoof Problem

I recently purchased the Quarter Horse mare, 10 years old last week end. She is in good shape and travels very nicely. No limps and when turned loose, runs like her tail is on fire.

She was very skittish of me for several days as the owner told me that she was a one man or one woman horse, and would take a few days to calm down and get used to me. They were correct. So, I did nothing to push her or make her uncomfortable for the first 5 days. I just brushed and fed her so she could get used to my touch.

Yesterday, I decided to clean out her feet and she did great. When I got to the left front foot, my hoof pick got stuck in a hole right off the bat. I cleaned it out the best I could and I can honestly say that I have never seen this before.

Her foot is hard like a healthy foot should be and there are no squishy spots anywhere. There is no foul odor either. But what would make this hole beside her frog close to her heel?

Has anyone ever had experience with this before?
My vet is coming out next Wednesday to cut a yearling, and then I will be able to show him the mare.

She needs trimming for sure, but I want to get the vet's take on it before I change anything. I asked the man that I purchased her from, what is going on with her foot? He denied having any knowledge of it after he told me that he trimmed and rasped both front feet. Yeah, right!

She walked so nice that I saw no reason to pick up her feet. I sure learned a valuable lesson; no matter what, look at their feet!!!

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I cannot figure out how to add the photo. Any suggestions?
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With no pictures my guess is abscess blow-out spot..
Your description of the horse moving soundly is what makes me think blown abscess and a larger weep hole made so seeping pus had a way to escape...but it takes time to heal.

Since your vet is coming in a couple days I would have him look and use his professional experience and opinion on do you need xrays to see the insides if he has concerns further.
The fact the previous owner said he did the feet yet denies knowing anything smells fishy to me.
Horses do get abscesses and they pop and drain on their own...
To me not a reason to hide something that not bother the animal. It would not of been a deal/sale breaker to me.
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Ditto to HLG. My *guess* is an abscess that's been & gone, just that the entire thickness of the sole has yet to grow back. I would treat for 'thrush/seedy'', esp if she's not been well trimmed in a while. Shouldn't be an issue, if that's what it is.

To give benefit of doubt, the guy may well have done her feet, just not very well, and plenty of people don't recognise problems, unless the horse is lame. So I wouldn't jump to the conclusion he was dishonest. Of course he may well be, just...
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It was difficult to get a really clear picture. The first is without a flash, and the second is with flash.

The area around the hole at the heel and frog is very hard as the inside of the hole as well. I made a comment to the man that her feet needed some attention, and he said he did some light trimming, rasped her feet and cut back her frog.

When I questioned him about her foot, he said that he didn't notice any problems. So, I would like to have seen what her frog looked like before he trimmed it.

I just want to stay on top of her foot as there seems it could become a problem if I just ignore it.

I had thought the same thing that you all stated, that it was a blown abcess, but questioned the risen area around the hole.

She is not club footed, and stands straight on both front feet.
Thank you for all of your input with this problem!!!
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This is one for the real hoof gurus who make their living by horses feet...and others who are very versed in unique.
With a gaping hole like that, it is not what I was imagining honestly.
Don't think that is any abscess weep point..
Her feet are in desperate need of good care.

Who ever was her farrier did very poor work by the look of the feet.
Maybe seeing in person, being able to prod an poke a bit, handle the hoof would give me more a guess...but from my computer screen...no.
Shutting up and waiting for better information shared from hoof professionals cause this person, me...not sure what the heck that is.
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Thanks horselovinguy and Danismom. It is very unusual for sure. I had horses for so many years before, and my work took me away from the things that I loved. So after not having a horse for 15 years, I decided to dive back in.

This is so unusual for me to see. I can't wait to hear from the vet, but something tells me that they are going to say they have never seen it before either. I suppose what bothered me was that her frog seems to be sunken.

With her foot being the way it is, I do not want to stand her in a stall, but where she is constantly moving around on pasture. I am hoping that she is getting good contact with the surface of the ground there.

I think if it were an abscess, the hole would be growing out as the foot grew. But with the bottom of the hole being so round, I just cannot make it out. Maybe it is an old deep wound or abscess and just has not had time to reach the bottom, but that does not explain why there is a circle of hard hoof material that grows around the "crater."

Too, I am trying to decide if she even needs to wear shoes. I wonder if a farrier will fill in that hole with a compound.
Next Wednesday I am anxious to hear the vet's input.
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