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These feet/toes are short enough right now. I suspect that if you looked at the hoof from the side, the band angle would be more level than 30 degrees. Be careful. The bevel, properly placed and maintained is key, not shortness. With this pic, I could very well be mistaken.
I drew lines, then understood the trim wasn't finished yet. Maybe high on the right side. Not a good angle pic to critique, either. Just see what the sole says. Those two arrowed lines are exactly the same length.
Its very important that the hoof be meticulously balanced across the toe and on both sides of the crack. Height, bevel and surface terrain. Two matched sides, joining up in line, even though it isn't there. By surface terrain, I mean the skirt of flare. Though not excessive, it is a first sort of torque on that crack. The skirting on each side does not match, either. (red lines) You don't want to thin the wall at that crack either, the bevel again is key and must be maintained. The crack, where it meets the ground should bevel open gently with a 45 on each side. Those two gloopy drops on the wall, are to me, good proven growth that the band is producing.
You can see the shape of the coronary band and how its been affected. The crack will either grow down and off, or fill in and be a weak spot forever more, which means the balance, the bevel maintained and matching sides will always be very important. The coronary band supplies the nourishment for the baseline membrane (inside edge of the white line) which is just below the band. It grows outward and ends up as hoof wall, while the membrane lets the growth slide down the hoof at the same time. You'll just have wait and see and obey the sole. I would boot this foot. The toe is where all the torque is.
I'd get her meticulously clean, by soaking, a scrub brush and Dawn dish soap...solar side too. I believe that many would say that this hoof is in need of a toe re-section. You definitely have to get some air in that crack. I'd want all the black color to look white for starters in that crack, scrubbing with a toothbrush and scraping gently with the tip of my knife. Making sure that the wall coming away from each side is sufficiently bevelled open all down the length of it as well. Then I'd do a white lightening treatment....5 days later, another. Keep it clean and booted. If at anytime, this looks worse infection-wise, call the vet or farrier. I don't like to see toe resections done, but it needs air and if you can't get at it, its continuing under the wall and you need help. Definitely white lightning, no foolin' around.
It will reach farther internally than a topical.
If you wish the balance checked, post pics.
I also want to rub something on that coronary band to wake it up, improve circulation and healing. Any suggestions?
Edited by missyclare, 24 March 2012 - 11:57 PM.