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    Yesterday my horse was being an idiot and decided it would be a good idea to try and steal one of my other mares food. So, like a mare would do, she kicked at him. He ran RIGHT into a rock that’s super sharp and cut right above his foot. It’s pretty deep and he limps pretty good. What i’m worried about is if it damaged his hoof somehow inside of it? He’s a show jumper and i’m worried that maybe it damaged his hoof or coronary band and he won’t be able to jump. Maybe i’m just paranoid but i’m worried like crazy! See photos.
    Last edited by equestiffany; Oct. 10, 2019, 06:58 PM.

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    Originally posted by equestiffany View Post
    Yesterday my horse was being an idiot and decided it would be a good idea to try and steal one of my other mares food. So, like a mare would do, she kicked at him. He ran RIGHT into a rock that’s super sharp and cut right above his foot. It’s pretty deep and he limps pretty good. What i’m worried about is if it damaged his hoof somehow inside of it? He’s a show jumper and i’m worried that maybe it damaged his hoof or coronary band and he won’t be able to jump. Maybe i’m just paranoid but i’m worried like crazy! See photos.
    Did you call your vet? If you haven't then right now is probably a good time to call them.
    "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England

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    • #3
      It is pretty impossible to tell from a photo if it is an injury worth worry about or not.

      In my opinion, if you are worried then call the vet. It is better to pay for a vet visit that you did not need than to not have paid for one that your really did need.

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      • #4
        I'd call the vet, if I was you.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by trubandloki View Post
          It is pretty impossible to tell from a photo if it is an injury worth worry about or not.

          In my opinion, if you are worried then call the vet. It is better to pay for a vet visit that you did not need than to not have paid for one that your really did need.
          This.

          To be on the safe side call the vet - they can get a much better look at the wound than we can from a photo. Hard to tell how deep it is. If he's limping pretty badly still then it clearly hurts. Just call the vet.
          "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England

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          • #6
            Originally posted by equestiffany

            My farrier said there’s no need to contact a vet. He said it will heal fine. Thanks for the help.
            Did your farrier have a thought on why your horse "limps pretty good"? That seems like a good reason to call by itself.

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            • #7
              Isn't this a space on Bingo? Ask for advice and then ignore it?

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              • #8
                Nobody can tell for sure from a picture if your horse has a serious injury. For example, my old horse had to be retired after a small wound that caused him to be just a tiny bit lame. He had had much worse looking cuts before with no lasting effects.

                If you are jumping this horse, you should have enough knowledge to do first aid to clean the cut effectively. The fact that he is clearly lame makes the injury more concerning. I hope that you have an established relationship with a vet. If your vet has an email address that you can use, I would send the picture and a short video to him/her. If not, call and discuss. My vets have been willing to give advice over the phone and only come out if they think it is necessary.

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                • #9
                  Well, if you didn't call the vet, did you at least clean it thoroughly with warm water, make sure there is nothing still stuck in there, apply betadine and some salve on top? A cold compress will help with swelling applied a few times a day. And some bute for the pain. I assume you know what to look for if it starts to get an infection? Is your horse up to date on his tetanus vaccine? If you don't provide the proper care of the wound daily. there certainly could be complications.

                  When I blow the picture up, it seems like the end of the wound on the right side appears to be deeper and more of a puncture wound. If it were my horse, I'd have the vet inspect it to make sure that part doesn't need a suture and to make sure nothing important was torn in the process. And while it is admirable to trust your farrier, unless your farrier is also a credentialed vet, your admiration could be misplaced for injuries that don't directly involve the hoof. And if it were me, I'd not take a chance on that, especially with a show horse that is a jumper. But that is just me.
                  ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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                  • #10
                    Horse got cut, I'm worried, what should I do?!!1!!!?? Want opinions.

                    Call the vet.
                    Call the vet.
                    Call the vet.
                    Call the vet.

                    Farrier said don't bother, it'll heal.

                    Call the vet.

                    Nah, farrier is real smart.

                    So, my question is: Why did you even bother to post?
                    "Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple Barry Switzer

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                    • #11
                      When was the horse’s last tetanus vaccine? Is he still lame? Lameness always makes me worry that there is more to the injury than is easily visible. A call to the vet is needed.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by trubandloki View Post

                        Did your farrier have a thought on why your horse "limps pretty good"? That seems like a good reason to call by itself.
                        This is what worries me - the badly limping part. Sure I might ask my farrier friend but she's also a vet - she specializes in everything related to the hoof (& is certified).

                        I have seen small wounds like this that were blown off by the owners (and even vets) that turned into needing surgery (you see a lot working at an equine hospital!). The wounds were actually puncture wounds and deep. Surgery was the only option at that point.

                        Hey well we tried to help the OP.
                        "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England

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                        • #13
                          I could swear the heading in the original post said "Please Help". And then she says the cut is pretty deep. Save the post because in 6-8 weeks her next post will be "Help, my horse's leg is infected and won't heal. Or my horse has a summer sore on his cut leg. Or how long will my horse be lame from this abcess? Or can I lease out my lame horse ?

                          Tiffany, please call your vet and have the injury seen and treated. You don't know what you don't know. Lots of complications can happen and you may never be jumping or showing this horse again. You just don't know.

                          And PS/ Your horse is NOT an idiot, he's just a horse.
                          "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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                          • #14
                            DVM here. If the horse did this >24 hours ago and he's still limping, I'd recommend somebody with letters after their name take a look at it up close and personal.
                            "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                            ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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                              #15
                              I’m going to have to stop this post right here. You guys are extremely self centered and arrogant and what’s funny is that you don’t even realize it. Never met a bunch of people who are so obsessed with themselves that they think they know everything. My vet has been contact and my horse will heal fine.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by equestiffany View Post
                                I’m going to have to stop this post right here. You guys are extremely self centered and arrogant and what’s funny is that you don’t even realize it. Never met a bunch of people who are so obsessed with themselves that they think they know everything. My vet has been contact and my horse will heal fine.
                                Modifying the title, deleting all your subsequent posts, and removing the picture of the wound in your first post, equestiffany, simply leaves people wondering why you posted in the first place. All those intentional alterations seems a little juvenile to me. I'm not sure why some people get all bent out of shape when most people here on CoTH have the best interest of the horse (and/or rider) in mind when responding. There is nothing "self-centered" or "arrogant" about trying to help another equestrian - I mean, you posed a question, and people responded - what did you expect them to do? Read your question and not respond?

                                Another human being showing concern for you or your horse isn't arrogant or self-centered. I encourage you to look up the definitions of those words so you can use them appropriately in the future. Now, you not liking the responses is another matter. But that doesn't make US arrogant or self-centered.

                                But your final post will certainly make folks less likely to help you in the future. So if that is what you're going for - Bravo! Mission Accomplished.

                                PS, you can't stop people from posting. And if you really did contact your vet (after telling us three times that you didn't need to because your farrier said the horse would be fine), then I'm glad for your horse that you did the right thing.
                                ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by equestiffany View Post
                                  I’m going to have to stop this post right here. You guys are extremely self centered and arrogant and what’s funny is that you don’t even realize it. Never met a bunch of people who are so obsessed with themselves that they think they know everything. My vet has been contact and my horse will heal fine.
                                  Wow. What a way to make an entrance to COTH. Don't come on this board in a panic asking for advice and then ignoring ALL advice from everyone looking out for the best interest of your horse. You expect us to diagnose your horse via a photo. But blow us off because your "smart" farrier said it would heal fine despite the majority of us having dealt with such injuries and recommending you contact your vet.

                                  Good luck. I hope your horse recovers just fine for his sake...assuming you actually called your vet.

                                  And I'm done here.
                                  "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by 4LeafCloverFarm View Post

                                    Modifying the title, deleting all your subsequent posts, and removing the picture of the wound in your first post, equestiffany, simply leaves people wondering why you posted in the first place. All those intentional alterations seems a little juvenile to me. I'm not sure why some people get all bent out of shape when most people here on CoTH have the best interest of the horse (and/or rider) in mind when responding. There is nothing "self-centered" or "arrogant" about trying to help another equestrian - I mean, you posed a question, and people responded - what did you expect them to do? Read your question and not respond?

                                    Another human being showing concern for you or your horse isn't arrogant or self-centered. I encourage you to look up the definitions of those words so you can use them appropriately in the future. Now, you not liking the responses is another matter. But that doesn't make US arrogant or self-centered.

                                    But your final post will certainly make folks less likely to help you in the future. So if that is what you're going for - Bravo! Mission Accomplished.

                                    PS, you can't stop people from posting. And if you really did contact your vet (after telling us three times that you didn't need to because your farrier said the horse would be fine), then I'm glad for your horse that you did the right thing.
                                    I posted this on tips for helping him heal. Instead, i got made fun of for not contacting my vet right away. THAT is juvenile. People who think it’s normal to make someone feel bad about not doing something right away. I did not get ONE person who replied with tips on how to help treat this wound. Instead of tips, i got 10 people commenting about how I didn’t call my vet right away. Juvenile? Think again.

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by ryansgirl View Post

                                      Wow. What a way to make an entrance to COTH. Don't come on this board in a panic asking for advice and then ignoring ALL advice from everyone looking out for the best interest of your horse. You expect us to diagnose your horse via a photo. But blow us off because your "smart" farrier said it would heal fine despite the majority of us having dealt with such injuries and recommending you contact your vet.

                                      Good luck. I hope your horse recovers just fine for his sake...assuming you actually called your vet.

                                      And I'm done here.
                                      I got NO recommendations how to TREAT the horse. You guys really thought the vet didn’t cross my mind? Of course it did. I contacted my vet. I don’t need to be impressing anyone here. This is a public website and, quite frankly, i most likely won’t run into any of you in the future. Gladly. I could care less what you guys think. People really came at me thinking they’re so mature, writing comments that are SO unnecessary. And what an entrance I got to this website, being made fun of.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by equestiffany View Post

                                        I posted this on tips for helping him heal. Instead, i got made fun of for not contacting my vet right away. THAT is juvenile. People who think it’s normal to make someone feel bad about not doing something right away. I did not get ONE person who replied with tips on how to help treat this wound. Instead of tips, i got 10 people commenting about how I didn’t call my vet right away. Juvenile? Think again.
                                        You did not post asking for tips to heal. You posted asking if he had done damage to his hoof inside. That's a legitimate question. Only a vet with diagnostic tools can answer that. That's why we are all saying if you are worried and it looks ugly in person call a vet.

                                        COTH posters are often very experienced and know the difference between a minor thing you can treat at home and something potentially worse. We won't just sugar coat things.

                                        Btw why the resistance to calling a vet? I'm assuming you are a child and your parents won't pay for it or something like that? Backyard horse, so no experienced adult help around? Similar post here to your first one about mare with lump on leg?

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