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Two pictures attached of Lizzy's right hind hoof. Just noticed today how much different it looks. Then on the skin just above the coronet band it felt like where a cut or something had been but completely healed. She has never been lame or off on her right side. The first picture was taken back in April and the other one today. So some time has passed but before it was just like a crease there and now it looks bad. What could it be from? To my knowledge she has never been injured there.

They are different angles but you can clearly see what I'm talking about. The farrier will be out monday. Her feet did grow much faster than previous as this is the first time she has been on pasture in the year and a half I've owned her.
 

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I had a gelding who had a very similar "gouge" to his foot, and a scar in his coronary band above it. The farrier explained to me that the hoof wall grows from the coronary band downwards, so any injury can cause deformities to the hoof wall right under it. Good news, it was only cosmetic...never took a lame step (on that foot at least!) and never increased the amount of cracks or blow outs. This gelding WAS shod, though I will add. It was before I got on the barefoot bandwagon and he had pancake-flat feet.
I would make sure you voice any concerns to your farrier, but I doubt it will cause much trouble for you or the horse.
 

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I have a mare with a scar worse than that going down her front foot. She is barefoot, sound, and it is nothing worse than a blemish.

I do think it's probably a scar on your horse that will be there for life, but I doubt it is anything to worry about. I would make sure if she's kept barefoot you get a good mustang roll there so that doesn't turn into a quarter crack. My mare has one of those too (different foot) and although it doesn't bother her I am constantly keeping it rolled so it won't get ripped off out on the trails since she is barefoot.

So other than not letting it overgrow and getting caught on something (like a giant hang-nail) I doubt it will ever be a problem.
 

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I agree with the others, it is probably structurally sound and not to worry about. I had a gelding got an injury that resulted in a similar scar when he was a yearling. I too did not know what caused it as he ran on a very large pasture and it happened there at some point. Anyway, by the time he was 3 or so it did not have any "texture" to it, it was just an "indent". I worried that if I put to much pressure on him it might, idk, crack. That never happened, and he had quite a bit of pressure put on it working.
 

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Agree with the others. Keep it beveled at all times so it doesn't " pull apart".
Injury and scarring to the coronary band is the cause.
It gets more visible with lots of moisture in the hoof, less visible once hoof is dry.
 

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Thanks everyone. So even though this deeper crack sort of thing appeared recently it could be from her standing in the pond? It has always been just this slight indent but then all of a sudden it looked like this. A scar wouldn't surprise me, she's covered in them especially on her back end.

I'm buying a rasp when I finally get around to getting to the farm store. I think she is going to be barefoot from now on since she is restricted in the work she can do. So I will need a rasp to make sure boots will stay fitting.
 

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Put your feet in a bucket of water for an hour, then look at all nails and calluses ...swollen, kinda, right? That's exactly what happened;-)
 

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Okey good. Then it's nothing too bad. The pond took a shoe the other day. I know it was the pond because her hoof wasn't missing any chips just the shoe lol. I've never seen her feet grow so fast before. So I think she can go barefoot now.
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