There is a great sense of terror only farriers know: what started out as a perfectly good hoof shape suddenly gets away from you and you can't get it back.
It is important that before advanced diagnostic imaging is done, previous examinations should have narrowed the source of the problem to a specific area.
Some horses only develop them once or twice in a lifetime; others can have chronic problems. In either case, abscesses are extremely painful for horses.
It was a cold day when Dr. Larry Butler of OVLAC arrived to x-ray Sunny, but by employing a tiny heater and working quickly he managed to get the images
A hoof canker is believed to be caused by a micro-organism, possibly the Fusobacterium necrophorum, which is known to be involved in foot rot in sheep.