Corns

Veterinary advice should be sought before applying any treatment or vaccine.

Corns

A 'corn' is a bruise on the horse's foot which is specifically located in the caudal sole at the buttress, which is the angle between the wall and the bar. The location is commonly referred to as the 'seat of the corn'.

Corns can be dry, moist, or infected. They are caused by an improperly placed horseshoe, leaving horseshoes on too long which causes pressure on the buttress, or due to horseshoes that have been fitted too close to the quarters or are too small for the horse's foot.

Symptoms

Discoloration on sole of foot
Pain on hoof tester pressure
Mild to moderate forelimb lameness
Heat in the foot
Increased digital pulse

Diagnosis

  • History - recent shoeing, discovering a wedged stone
  • Clinical signs
  • Hoof testers
  • Radiography

Treatment


Removal of the shoe and paring of the discolored horn

Prevention

  • Hiring a good farrier
  • Keeping scheduled shoeing appointments to avoid excessive hoof growth

Scientific Research References

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