First, I want to thank you so much for sending me an ask! I’m flattered that you messaged me!
I feel the need to say that I am by absolutely no means an expert on hoof-care (or anything, really) but I was able to wrangle together a list of sources that I thought might be helpful, or at least of interest to you on your quest to find how shoeing a horse can effect hoof health. Hopefully the following links will be of some help to you!
Before I get down into the nitty gritty of the links, I wanted to add this image detailing the parts of the hoof for anyone else who might be interested/doesn’t know/wants to play along:
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This is going to get long, so everything else is behind the cut:
-tomy: The surgeon cut something.
-ectomy: The surgeon cut something out.
-ostomy: The surgeon cut something to make a mouth. If one organ is named, the mouth opened to the outside of the patient. If two organs are named, the mouth connected two organs.
-plasty: The surgeon changed the shape of an organ.
-pexy: The surgeon moved the organ to the right place.
-rraphy: The surgeon sewed something up.
-desis: The surgeon made two things stick to one another.
WARNING: blood and gore after the cut.
On the 4th July we had a bit of an accident. After jumping into it at a headlong gallop, Lulu and I skidded about 20m into a crop field and I was launched headfirst, with my hat luckily taking the brunt of the blow, and my lip shredded in two. Lulu herself must have taken the damage along her chest and belly with her legs folding upon impact, although I can’t say for sure as I have memory loss. Apparently, I somehow I managed to lead her back to the yard and leave her there before I got help, and luckily my neighbours were on hand to tend to her while I was rushed to hospital. Since then she’s been seen by the vet numerous times having developed a lot of swelling and a hematoma, which had to be drained. The main aim now is to get the incision healed up! I have added a read more because the images below are quite graphic, and if you’re squeamish, I would suggest avoiding them.
Lulu the day after the accident. Photo taken by my neighbour since I was in hospital!
arrived home to find her looking like this - in the early days she had a huge swelling of tissue damage all along her belly and was on a lot of antibiotics and pain relief. the night after our accident the vet said he’d never seen a horse in so much shock :(
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and a long incision where her hematoma was drained right between her front legs
swelling going down slightly? this was a couple of days after the incision was cut
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nice, huh? here’s the incision a few days after it was made. the yellow stuff is fly repellent cream.
less swelling woohoo
aaaand it’s gone (thank god) the vet was worried about a second hematoma forming further back but luckily that didn’t happen
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foamy grossness but it’s kinda healing
lushhhh. this is before I smothered it in fly repellent, but here’s how it’s looking two or so weeks after it was cut. it’s a slow healer D: the yellow stuff hanging down is a mixture of fly repellent cream, water, and whatever the hell the wound is expelling. I’ve been told to leave it alone so aside from gently washing it off and applying cream, it’s doing its own thing. it’s rank, but the vet’s happy with it so far.
and she’s allowed out and looking bright! she’s allowed out and even feels well enough to trot and canter a little bit, and certainly well enough to tell Ridge off - hopefully she will continue to make a recovery.
for riding-blind and anyone else who’s interested!