Keratoma? Farriers etc. UPDATE post 10 -- laminitis?
hi all... Miss Mare went dead lame on the RF on Sunday. We're still working out exactly what is wrong, have ruled out abscesses or stone bruises and assuming some sort of injury higher up, but her RF hoof is kind of funky looking.
The RF hoof has a flare, and my current farrier isn't doing enough about it and I've grown less satisfied with him in general, so I'm in the process of finding a new farrier.
So... we've noticed that her RF hoof has a bit of a raised area, just outside the front midline, running from the coronary band about halfway down her hoof. Vet has suggested a keratoma as a possibility, though she says she usually sees them in horses with a history of abscesses... What can people tell me about these? I know hoof resection would be required to remove it, ugh, but am just trying to get more informed.
Of course if anyone has other ideas about what this might be, let me know...