Blood in Hornwall

Discussion in 'Everyday Horseshoeing' started by Mikel Dawson, Dec 11, 2014.

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    Mikel Dawson Active Member

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    LF, medial. When I began to trim hoof, I had blood coming from just inside the bar. Looking at the first pic, you will see a thin red line just inside the bar. This is where the blood came from. It wasn't thick blood, rather watery like when a horse founders. Also there was blood spots just opposite the bar just inside the horn wall. Horse is not lame. Anyone seen this before?
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    Bill Adams Active Member

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    Usually when I'm nailing, but I see this sort of thing occasionally. I think it's from trauma caused by a stone or hard step on something hard. It could have happened weeks ago as there was plasma serum in the blood. No lameness? No problem.
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    Western Hill Forge Active Member

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    I'd go with that^^^.

    If you said the horse was lame, or gets lame, I'd suspect abcess. Did you burn some shoes on?

    Regards
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    Mikel Dawson Active Member

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    With this one not a real burn, just touching and getting a light mark on the hoof. He is very straight in the fronts, I'd call it clubbed a bit, but the trainer insists he's not, but the hooves are more that typical square than round.
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    Joey Aczon Member

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    Hard to say without foot in hand. I was going to ask if this was an upright/clubby foot based on how far forward the apex of the frog is and the shape of the heel buttress. How long have you been working on this guy? I see this a lot in new horses with unilateral club feet that have had their heels over trimmed repeatedly to make the feet match. It's kind of like a pseudo-abcess from a bad stone bruise.
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    Mikel Dawson Active Member

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    Great questions Joey! Yes he is a little clubby to me, but the owner says different. Let's just say the heals are a little higher than normal, the hoof is a little more square than round. The horse is 14 and the trainer and vet wanted me to get a better HPA so I did and the horse went lame. I put a wedge shoe on and boom, not lame anymore.

    After all that said, I've worked on club hooves before, but the first time I've seen this. but you've touched on something. Will keep it in mind.
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    Western Hill Forge Active Member

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    Been there, done, that with wedging up the club foot on the lame horse I "fixed" per owner request. I only had to learn that lesson once. Don't listen to the owners and trainers, further than what they tell you the horse is doing. Oh, and I don't work on any club footed horses - only "upright" ones LOL.

    Regards
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