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Heel Bulb Abscess exit and Horizontal crack along with it.

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  • Heel Bulb Abscess exit and Horizontal crack along with it.

    If anyone can link to other threads for help with this I would appreciate it. I'm going on week 3 of treating an abscess that blew out the heel bulb and left a massive separation with this horizontal crack along with it. I am working with my vet and she thinks it will heal up nicely. Horse is out in a dry paddock and I have stopped wrapping it since last poultice came out clean. I just bring him in to look at it once a day and apply a DMSO salve to the dermatitis the wrapping created. Horse is on SMZ twice a day since he can't stand to be on stall rest that long and we really wanted him to have the movement for it to heal. I wanted to maybe slather neosporin on the heel bulb? I just have never dealt with something this massive. I have attached pictures.

    My question to you COTH is will it be worth it to start horse on a hoof supplement or biotin to help this grow out? Every time he walks he is stepping right on the separation so is obviously NQR in his trot.

    when the world turns on you your horse will be there.

  • #2
    If I didn't know better I would say this was my horse 3 years ago!!! The crack is identical. I don't know how he got it as it was cracked when we bought him. I trim my horses so growing it out didn't deter me from buying him.

    We purchased FocusHF as a supplement (yes, it's worth it) and started it immediately. As I am the trimmer I was able to trim away the crack a little at a time every two weeks and file away any sharp edges as they occurred. With trimming every two weeks it was completely grown out in 4 months - and it started exactly at the coronary band. He's been perfectly fine since what helps, and prevents the crack from getting worse or being hard to manage is that right where the crack touches the ground that is rasped just a little shorter to keep the pressure of the ground concussion from worsening the crack. It's also imperative that the toes are maintained at the proper length and the breakover of the hoof is in the correct spot so the horse loads correctly - then you just keep a few spots a little shorter for relief.


    • #3
      I have a horse that routinely blows out abscesses at the heel. Nothing is needed at this point. You want that to dry up and callous, so stop messing with it. You don't want that soft, so no Neosporin. Durasole on the sole can help toughen up the tissue near there (but don't apply to the heel or the separation.)

      A hoof supplement is unlikely to help any.

      The medial/lateral balance looks pretty wonky on that foot. It might just be the pictures, but perhaps something to look at more closely.


      • #4
        A good hoof supplement can sometimes speed up hoof growth and sometime the quality of hoof horn.
        I've used Focus HF and Farrier's Formula Double Strength, both are good.
        Yes, check hoof balance on the hoof. This should grow out just fine as long as the nutrition is right.
        "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


        • #5
          At this stage let it dry up and grow out.

          I am seeing a hoof that looks a little untended. Some flare or white line separation, a lot of false sole or overgrown bars. Is horse on a regular trim cycle, is horse in work? IME barefoot horses lose most of their false sole from natural wear if they are in work, but retained or flattened bar can cause bruising and then abscess.

          If you need him.sounder for work you could put boots on, maybe ones with pads.