|Abscess split: heel - quarter (April 2010)|
|Split when weight bearing|
|Looks awful, horse still sound on all surfaces|
|Damage now at toe - nearly gone|
|Damage completely grown out (August 2010)|
|Shod - it appears abscess crack|
has been 'dressed'
Looks awful, but horse sound.'Super' structure grown in provides
natural support. Previous 'dressing'
not apparently helpful
|Nearly grown out. No 'help' other|
than AANHCP trimming,
a good diet and regular exercise
|All grown out - super structure remains|
I thought you might like these photos as examples of how a horse can have a significant hole in a foot and still manage just fine. Without shoes and continue to work. No packing, filling, fancy goo, or other specialist ttreatment required. One of these hooves lives out 24/7 and works on a variety of surfaces several days a week. The other hoof is part or fully stabled and works every day. Both hooves are trimmed according to the principles as laid down by the AANHCP. The carers ensure the horses are properly fed and the hooves picked out effectively.