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.
Pics are attached below. Anyone ever deal with something like this?
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