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post #1 of 25 Old 09-13-2020, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Hoof Injury- pretty graphic images

Warning: Some bloody pics.

On our way home from a barrel race, Tess tore up her foot in the trailer. I go to unload her and there's blood all over the floor and on her left hind hoof. We call the farrier first, and he says that the part of hoof that was almost completely ripped off probably needed to be trimmed, but that he couldn't do it without sedation. So we call the vet. The vet says that yes, the farrier needs to deal with it. The vet was closed, so I had to drive up to the clinic, meet one of the techs, and pick up the meds. I ended up with dormosedan, bute, and a tetanus shot. By this point I'd already cried a little and was really worried about my girl. Hoof injuries scare me. There's a reason there's a saying "no hoof, no horse".

The farrier came out about an hour after I gave her the meds and he used a hot iron to remove the broken part of the hoof and some sole tissue along the bottom of the injury. An entire chunk of hoof wall was gone, white line and all. You could see the outer lamina. After cleaning it up, the farrier didn't seem worried at all and his directions were to keep it dry. The wound will eventually keratinize and be enough to protect it until the hoof grows back. She could bruise easily there, but overall she should be fairly comfortable. He said that if I put shoes on her I could ride her in a couple weeks. I opted not to do that right now. I was stressed and exhausted and just wanted to go home and sleep. But the good news is that it should heal with no permanent issues.

I have no idea how she did it though. The only thing I can think of is that she caught it on the divider (it's a 4 horse stock trailer with two box stalls, so the divider cuts the trailer in half lengthwise) or kicked something. She's usually an angel in the trailer. Never paces, never freaks out, loads beautifully. I'm going to pad the underside of the divider in case that was it.

She was a trooper through the whole thing. She waited and grazed till I got back from the vet and didn't complain about the meds at all.

Now my only issue is keeping her foot dry. We live in Florida and there's actually a tropical storm in the gulf. No threat to us, but it'll dump tons of rain. She's still not at my place yet, which may be better. Where she is, the stalls are dryer. We're still working out how to keep our stalls from flooding.

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post #2 of 25 Old 09-13-2020, 10:33 AM
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Oh wow, that's terrible. I would have cried too. I hope she heals perfectly. By the way, how was the barrel race? Did you have fun?
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post #3 of 25 Old 09-13-2020, 10:49 AM
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Oh no! Yes, I would have cried! It looks horrible but I think your girl will heal up good in time. So sorry this happened. How is she today?
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post #4 of 25 Old 09-13-2020, 10:54 AM
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My old mare did something similar although not quite as bad. She got her hoof stuck in a fence. Her hoof grew in just a little bit different but it didn't bother her and she stayed sound.

I would just keep it dry and as free from bacteria as possible while it's growing back in.
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post #5 of 25 Old 09-13-2020, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all. She's fine this morning. She spent the night in a level pasture but I'll have to move her inside for a couple days because of this storm that's coming. I might get some more pics when I go to put meds on it and give her bute this afternoon.

@knightrider I did, but I'm really sore. My trainer let me ride her horse around the pattern after the show was over and...let's just say it's been a long time since I've ridden a quarter horse. Tess's gait is much longer and smoother.

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post #6 of 25 Old 09-13-2020, 11:48 AM
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My mare did similar but the other way around (from the top down) on her offside hind getting her foot stuck under a gate 4 years ago. I treated the proud flesh with blue stone but otherwise left her body to do what it needed to, and you can hardly tell now. She needs a shoe on that foot to support the heel when she's in work, but she's got dreadful feet and needs shoes anyway, so it's made very little difference to how I manage her. She is completely sound.

Just thought a success story might help things look less scary :)

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post #7 of 25 Old 09-13-2020, 07:34 PM
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I'm wondering about something. About 60 years ago as a kid I had a terrible knee injury (looked about that bad). Luckily Grandad next door was a doctor. I remember his main concern was infection. Every day I would soak my knee in hydrogen peroxide in a dishpan a couple hours.
Of course I would ask your veterinarian but wonder if soaking hoof after washing it out would help? My knee heeled great, just left a scar.

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post #8 of 25 Old 09-13-2020, 08:12 PM
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I stumbled upon these videos a couple of days ago, in my "suggested" videos in YouTube...I never watch trimming videos but went down the rabbit hole watching this guy trim and shoe horses. This specific pony had keratoma surgery, and has the majority of the front wall of his hoof gone.

"A keratoma is a rare benign tumor of the inner layer of keratin-producing epidermal hoof wall cells that forms inside a horse's foot. As the tumor slowly grows, it expands and separates the hoof wall laminae, causing pain and lameness."



If I remember correctly, Fallon Taylor's stallion tore almost his entire hoof off many years ago now, in 2011 I believe? He recovered to the point of becoming a breeding stallion, but I believe passed away in 2013? There previously was a youtube video documenting his injury and recovery, but it seems to be lost to the internet void.

Here is another post on the forum of a horse that lost a big chunk of hoof as well: https://www.horseforum.com/hoof-care...of-pics-93162/

I'm a big believer in no hoof, no horse, but horses are so resilient against injury - especially with correct care. I will be following along and hope you update us :) this is definitely one of my biggest fears of happening.

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@ClearDonkey Wow, that looks horrible. Glad mine is nowehere near that bad. I was reading a story about a horse who foundered to the point where the coffin bone was actually exposed...the hoof was pretty much dead at that point, but the horse lived and went on to be a lesson pony and foxhunt. So I guess we should give them more credit for being able to heal themselves.

@Fuddyduddy1952 The vet said it's best to keep it dry. The hoof keratin becomes a little weaker when the hoof is wet and we want the exposed area to harden up. I've actually been careful about using peroxide on wounds because while it does kill bacteria, it's a little harsh on tissues and it can cause the wound to take longer to heal. I'd soak it if the ground wasn't already wet all the time, and once it hardens up a little I'll try epsom salts and apple cider vinegar, diluted. It's a disinfectant and it's soothing. Used it for abscesses and other hoof issues before with success. I've actually used that for human ailments too, like soreness with a wound involved.

I had to move her to the stall today because it's raining and will keep raining for a few days. Put some blue-kote and silver dust on it to try and keep it clean. I'll bandage it if she's determined to get dirt all in it. We have a hurricane coming this way and while it's not going to hit us directly, we'll have a ton of rain.

I worry about her being cooped up for that long. I had to put the donkey in the stall next to her for tonight because she was pacing and screaming for the other horses and getting herself worked up. Didn't bother to touch her hay. She also didn't want to eat her beet pulp, and while it DID have bute and red cell in it, she's usually not that picky. This was before I put her in her stall. Maybe I'm worrying too much. I got a couple of pics but didn't think to take them before I put the medicine on, lol. Doesn't look that bad actually.
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I've actually been careful about using peroxide on wounds because while it does kill bacteria, it's a little harsh on tissues and it can cause the wound to take longer to heal.
I totally missed this part of the comment, but yep, peroxide is one of the worst things that you can do for a wound that is beyond just a surface wound.

Irrigation with plain, clean water is better than peroxide for wounds, and betadine is a great option as well for some added cleaning power.




Did your farrier give you en estimated timeline of how long it would take that section of hoof to grow back out? Just curious :)
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