Weird soft hoof growth

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  • shazleton0711 Original Poster
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    It has been very wet and muddy with rain everyday. I have been trying to keep my horse inside to keep his hooves and legs dry. When he was outside in the wet he started to have this soft, mushy growth at the top of the hoof at the hairline. it flakes off and feels squishy. Since i have been stabling him it has stopped being as mushy but what is this and how can i fix it and prevent it? This has happened last year and as it grew out it was like a weird ring around the hoof wall where you could see the hoof wall damage with normal hoof wall above and below it. Does anyone else have this problem?

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Never heard of it, but if I were you, I’d discuss this with my vet and farrier. No hoof, no horse.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Lizzie Lou
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    Yes, I see it a lot in my life. We see a whitish line at the top of the hoof. It means the hoof has absorbed more moisture than it can handle. It will go away when the hoof dries out, but prolonged excess moisture can cause damage, and any damage to a hoof toe takes about 12 months to disappear. Maintain the right amount of hoof moisture at all times is tricky. My farrier recommended no turnout when the grass is wet. I check the grass by walking through it and seeing whether my footwear gets damp. Lush pastures or those with areas of tall grass like around manure take the longest to dry. The farrier also said no more than 20 minutes at a time, twice a day after the dew dries off. It isn’t just rain and snow that is the problem, it is heavy dew, and we had that in VA last year. Also, urine in stalls is a problem, so stalls should be heavily bedded and cleaned after each elimination. We use hoof sealants also.

    Chris Chris
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    I’ve been a barefoot trimmer for about 12 years, and am almost certain that what you’re seeing is nothing more than the periople swelling from the wet conditions. In horses the periople is a thin layer of soft horn somewhat like the cuticle of our fingernails, and is responsible for helping to regulate moisture in the hoof. It normally extends a short distance down the hoof wall all the way along the coronet (hairline) as you describe. If you see this thin soft horn further down the wall (say about a third to halfway) then it’s been irritated for some reason. What you describe would be of no concern to me, and I’d rather see more moisture available for hooves than too little. Also continual wet/dry cycles can be hard on hoof quality, much like what causes chapped hands.

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    Yes! Our two geldings also had this in August 2015. Our vet was not concerned and as it turned out, once the weather dried up the hoof also dried out and several months later now, no indication of anything was ever different. I would just wait it out if you possibly can.

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