Hoof Bruise

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  • nicfish Original Poster nicfish
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 11

    My horse and I showed last Sunday in the 2′ and 2’3 hunter schooling show. He is only 6 and not an experienced horse off property. This year we have taken him off property a lot – but he is still not Mr. Cool away from home. So he bucked and hopped and over jumped ect but nothing worse than the usual. It wasn’t constant, just once in a while. Anyways he got Monday off. Tuesday I rode him for 45 minutes then talked to my trainer for about 5 minutes. When we were done talking I wanted to do a little more trot work. I picked up the trot and he was ideas lame. He was limping on his front right leg and head bobbing. This horse I have had for almost two years has never been lame. Stiff yes but never lame. I picked his hooves to see if there was a rock or packed footing. I asked him to trot again and he looked worse. I got off and felt his legs and back. No heat no swelling. I wrapped all four legs and put on Sore No More. I hoped he just stepped wrong and would be fine the next day. He stayed in the next day because the lameness wasn’t improving. Again I hand walked him and wrapped him, but this time with Sore No More poultice. Friday I decided to wash his feet to see if there were any stone bruises or anything out of the ordinary. I found a deep purple bruise on his front right white stripe on his hoof. That is what is making him lame. There was no heat to it. The first picture is what it looked like when I first saw it. I do not think it was something he did at the show. I think he was probably messing around with a paddock mate and hit his hoof on something. We told the barn manager who is also my trainer. She said to soak it everyday. I have read multiple articles saying do not soak it because it will make the hoof worse off. I have been washing it to keep it clean the last couple days. The second picture is the hoof from Saturday. The bruise has spread upwards and is not hot to the touch. Any suggestions??

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    nicfish Original Poster nicfish
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 11

    I meant dead lame not ideas lame and also by deep purple I meant dark colored purple.

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    nicfish Original Poster nicfish
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 11

    Here are the pictures

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    nicfish Original Poster nicfish
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 11

    The first one is from Saturday the second one is from friday

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    naturalpasture
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 61

    Could you post a picture of the bottom of this hoof? The cleaner the better. 🙂 That would help me be able to see what’s going from the underneath. Is he still sore on this hoof? Is there coloring on the underneath side too?

    nicfish Original Poster nicfish
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 11

    I will take a picture of the bottom of Splashs hoof today. He is currently much better – not 100% sound at the trot but much much better. He is now willing to trot which is huge. There is no coloring on the underside of his hoof. Right now the coloring starting last night is started to fade!! Will upload a picture of the bottom of his hoof tonight.

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    nicfish Original Poster nicfish
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 11

    Here are the pictures! Sorry they are not the best – i cleaned it with a wipe!!

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    naturalpasture
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 61

    Great pictures, thank you!

    This looks and sounds like a typical hoof wall bruise – nothing to really worry about, but definitely something to prevent. While soaking will not hinder healing it will not help either. Give Splash as many days off as he needs to heal and he should be good to go.

    From what I can see in the pictures his heels are a bit long. The longer the heels are, the more pressure is put on the front part of the hoof and the horse is pushed off balance. Long heels also make it much more difficult for the horse to land heel first (as he should). Also, since his heels are long the hoof wall has to take more of the shock than it is capable of, without much help from the natural shock absorbing system in the heels.

    Another thing to consider is that a horse that is shod is much more likely to get a bruise in his hoof wall due to the fact that horse shoes conduct the vibrations of the impact of each step (and jump). On Sunday when he went over a jump he probably landed just a little off balance with more pressure on a particular spot on this hoof. This would cause a bruise in that part of his hoof wall. Bruises can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to show up and sometimes (as in your case) can make the horse sore.

    To keep this from happening again I would focus on lowering his heels. Keep an eye on the rest of his hoof too – especially in regard to not letting the hoof wall get too long, imbalances within each hoof, and pressure points. Just keep in mind having well balanced feet makes a huge difference. If his feet are in optimal condition this will not be a problem for him in the future!

    This site also has a lot of information on all types of hoof bruises. http://www.ironfreehoof.com/hoof-bruises.html

    Hope this helps!

    nicfish Original Poster nicfish
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 11

    Thank you for your input! He has been resting for the last 13 days and his movement seems to be improving slightly! He is getting shod on Wednesday, its his normal cycle. Thank you for all your help!!

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    naturalpasture
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 61

    No problem, I just hope he gets better soon! Sorry it took me so long to reply! 🙂

    nicfish Original Poster nicfish
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 11

    Its ok! I was at Equine Affair all weekend so I wouldn’t have been able to check anyways! Thank you!!

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    nicfish Original Poster nicfish
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 11

    Update – turns out he has a strained upper suspensory in his left leg. Hoof bruise was just a coincidence!

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    lovemyhorse
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 19

    Probably took the bruise to find the strain. That does happen sometimes.

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