Hoof orthopedic treatment in rehab facility

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DIfHO® case studies from rehab facility

By showing you case studies from our rehab facility we want to illustrate that even problematic hoof diseases such as canker can be healed when the diseased corium is provided with the appropriate professional care it needs, accompanied by hoof orthopedic trimming.

The canker treatments documented here took place in a hoof rehab facility and with veterinary consultation. Hoof orthopedists do not offer canker treatment services outside of a rehab facility.

In the following exemplary cases, different reasons indicated that the hooves needed treatment in a rehab facility. All cases are documented until the time of release from the facility. We can present an overview of the treatment only, since there are many necessary steps in an extensive canker treatment.
With the exception of one case all hooves were cared for by one of our hoof orthopedists after being released and were fully healed.

Recurrent canker

This horse was brought to the facility because of recurrent canker. As a therapeutic measure the veterinarian had ordered to shoe the horse with special iron shoes which were designed to apply pressure to the tissue above the diseased area to keep the canker from spreading. The photos show the actual consequences of these truly

By |21. January 2015|0 Comments

Canker in the sole angle

The horse came to the facility because of canker in the lateral sole angle and treated for the first time on 04/07/2009. (Photo 1) When accessing the diseased area, it proved necessary to open up the neighboring corium since it was affected by the canker as well. (Photo 2) All tissues affected by the canker

By |21. January 2015|0 Comments

Partial resection of the quarter

This horse entered the facility with a partial resection of the quarter because of canker in the left hind foot. The photos from 07/09/2009 and 08/29/2009 clearly illustrate the rapid healing process of only 7 weeks in clinical care.

By |21. January 2015|0 Comments

Canker affection the corium

This horse suffered from canker in the corium of the frog. After removing the special iron shoes, a degenerated corium was discovered underneath a soaked bandage. The chronology shows how rapidly the healing progressed after the affected corium had been treated appropriately.

By |21. January 2015|0 Comments

Canker on hind feet

Entering treatment, the stallion had canker on both hind feet. The right hind hoof is used as an example to show the healing process. As usual, improving the overall condition of the hoof was crucial, while being accompanied by the proper care of the diseased corium. As can be seen on the photos, the medial

By |21. January 2015|0 Comments

Inflammation of the tendon sheath

The mare was lame when entering the facility. She had been diagnosed with inflammation of the tendon sheath by her owner, a veterinarian. Treatment in the facility was cut short after 5 months because of private reasons of the owner. Still, the photos can give you an impression of the result of the hoof orthopaedic

By |21. January 2015|0 Comments

Quarter crack

The horse’s owner stated that the horse had suffered from chronic and sometimes severe lameness for several years. The consulted veterinarian and the farrier had recommended the horse being euthanized. When the horse came to our facility it was unable to put any weight on the left front hoof. As can be seen on the

By |21. January 2015|0 Comments

Split toe

Unawareness of the mechanics of the hoof and the use of improper tools brought this precious broodmare to our rehab facility on 04/15/2009. The mare’s front hoof was dramatically deformed as a result of different hoof mechanics working against each other. The hoof was completely split in two, indicated by the gaping crack and the

By |19. December 2014|0 Comments

Deformed hooves

This stallion, who showed strongly impaired movement, was European Champion and winner of the silver medal in the World Championship when he came to us in 2008. Probably in order to ensure his participation in tournament season, the completely deformed and useless hooves had been repaired with artificial hoof horn. In addition to concave toe

By |19. December 2014|0 Comments

Multiple deformities

In addition to poor hygiene, the hoof was deformed in multiple ways, showing a distinct and irregularly shaped crack in the lateral quarter. The owner was not satisfied with the result of only 4 months of treatment.

By |20. November 2014|0 Comments

Diseased solar corium

Right hind foot This horse showed severe lameness in the right hind foot. It was brought to us as a last resort after several veterinarians and veterinary clinics had tried and failed to find the cause for the disease of the corium. Upon arrival, we found the corium was leaking and had been opened

By |3. November 2014|0 Comments


Years and years of continuous shoeing and covering up the massive thrush and canker in more than one corium led to the condition the hoof was in when the horse was brought into our care. The horse suffered from severe lameness which improved at once after the loose sole had been completely removed and the

By |14. October 2014|0 Comments

Breach in the sole

These hooves were treated for several months using a different method of hoof care and in a different rehab facility. When the horse entered treatment with us, distal displacement of the coffin bone with a breaching of the sole was observed on both hooves, as well as severe deformities which were the cause for the

By |25. September 2014|0 Comments

Bruised coronary band

One principal task of hoof orthopedics is the restoration of hooves to a physiologically sound shape. In this, the best possible angle of the hoof walls is of great importance. This right front hoof serves as an example for the severe consequences of slanting walls which were not corrected. The coronary band was squashed and

By |17. August 2014|0 Comments