Ok guys, I noticed a hole in my horse's hoof today, sent a photo to my farrier who said it might be a double (aka false) sole. Came here, searched for it, found multiple horror stories!
So despite the fact that this may be nothing and I will get a wide array of opinions, I'm freaked out, so I'm posting.
If I've correctly linked a photo (first time!), you can see a hole directly above (on the photo) his frog. It's too small to get a hoof pick down in there. Horse isn't lame. Sole and frog are rock hard. Other foot (both front feet), is rock hard but with sort of a thicker sole around the outside of the bottom of hoof and then regular sole a couple cm's deeper around the frog.
Any thoughts? I didn't think a dry foot was a bad thing until I read some threads. Not I'm kicking myself for not noticing a rock hard frog.
"Hie thee to your farrier" was the correct first response.
I've written the vet here in Haiti and posted threads about thick sole issues on my guy, you have company in Mommyland! No drainage, no lameness, farrier says don't worry, then most likely you're just having a Mommy moment. Keep the feet picked and keep an eye on it for any changes, ask the farrier if he wants feet soaked the day he comes/kept out of mud, whatever, and do that. He should be fine.
Looked at your pic. Though I have never had a horse with exactly that condition, I feel you are being quick on the terrified thing.
Take a deep breath and let your farrier have a look.
Then, if you are still stressed, call your vet.
Is your horse even lame?
Calm down and remember that this is just a bunch of opinions on a computer screen, with no more qualifications needed than the ability to type (as slowly as you like LOL).
"Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of passions." David Hume
Ok, ok, maybe "terrified" is a little much! But it did get attention.. And I was/am pretty worried, what with Internet opinions (taken with a grain of salt) varying from "whatever you do, pop it out ASAP" to "whatever you do DON'T pop it out ASAP", it's easy to get wrapped up in hysterics, isn't it!
I'm now more concerned about this being a nutrition issue ~ I've had the horse for one year. I contacted his previous owner and she said that the horse has been prone to having overly soft feet. Why would one develop a double/false sole? His living conditions (climate, area of country etc) are similar... Hmmph. Will ask farrier.
However, in my searching threads I think somebody said seeing a double sole all of a sudden is a result of a very big change in conditions since the horse's last shoeing, or a farrier who hasn't been looking at his work. So now I'm not sure if I can trust my farrier. But of course, I don't know if this is said 'double sole' to begin with!
Horse's former owner said to treat it like a potential abscess ~ soak, salt, bandage, etc but I think that's excessive. Maybe. Probably. :/
It's not a nutrition issue It's common in shod horses to build up dead sole, as there is less - sometimes much less, depending on the footing the horse lives/works on - ground contact to wear away sole as it's shedding.
I've seen my horses go from what looks like nice sole, nice sole, nice sole, when it's dry, to suddenly chunking out quarter- and silver dollar-sized chunks of dead sole 1/8 to, occasionally, 1/4" thick when we finally get rain.
Don't soak. Not necessary in this case based on what this looks like.
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