Monday, January 4, 2010

New Hoof

Monday January 4 2010

New Hoof

Remember back in June, when Stormy and I were both lame, when he got a gravel that finally popped out his coronet band?

When the shoers came this weekend Linda found a hole in his hind hoof, about an inch from the point of his toe, where the hole in the coronet band had finally worked its way down, 6 1/2 months later. Linda actually dug into that hole to open it up and get all the bacteria out while it finishes growing out.

So you can figure it takes a horse about 7 months to grow a whole new hoof.

It takes me about 14 months to grow out a toenail. If you notice in that top picture, on my left foot my big toenail is blue. That's because Dudley stepped on it November of 2008 (with my heavy hiking boots on!), and by the end of this January - 14 months later - it will have finally been completely replaced.

Interesting comparison, don't you think? Whole new hoof for a horse, 7 months. Whole new toenail for a human, 14 months.


  1. Yikes! It looks worse than it really is, right?

    And as for you....all I could see in your picture was a bloody toe on your RIGHT foot. What's the story behin THAT?

    I hope 2010 brings you and the horses injury free hoofies!


  2. Take more toe off! Keep going! :-)

  3. Hi Merri!
    Thanks for commenting on my blog.
    I got curious and popped over to yours...
    You have got some wonderful photos, and I had to laugh looking at the photo series and the comments!

    Our horses are wonderful, aren't they!

  4. Ouch or ewww - I can't decide. Either way, glad it's better!

  5. Interesting. I guess I"ll have to keep track of Keith's toe since he squashed it really good on the 2nd and is sure to loose his toe nail also. Keith dumped out 300 lbs of ice from one of our water tanks out onto his foot. He also broke his toe in 4 places so he's hobbeling like a lame duck.

  6. Interesting, I'd be interested in seeing sole pictures to see just how far the split and 'trimming' went into the hoof!

  7. oh, gawd, that makes me howl thinking about it!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond