This hoof was very sore for 3 days and showed improvement, but was not 100% sound after an abscess came through at the Coronary Band. The Trainer said the Hoof bleeds at the injury site when the horse is worked lightly and then becomes sore again. As pointed out, the Hoof has a Sheared Heel. Let's open up the injury site:


As I open the heel we can see the undermined area between the Hoof Horn and the Sensitive Laminae.

We continue to remove the undermined Hoof Horn and find the Hoof has a "Cracked Bar" also.

The Hoof Wall at the quarter is also undermined and separating.

Sheared Heels are a descriptive term for the structural breakdown that occurs between the Heel Bulbs with a disproportionate use of one Heel.

This is a view after all the damaged Heel Horn has been removed.


The yellow color to the Sensitive Laminae indicates the Hoof Horn and Sensitive Laminae have been separated for sometime. We need to precisely remove all the dead and infectious tissue with out creating any more trauma to the area.

The "Millennium Patch" application technique was applied and this horse was back into the excitement and training in one week!

This was the shoe of choice to help support the Sheared Heels and other Hoof structures.

Three months later:

A - Nice clean growth at the Quarter

B - Coronary Band is growing cleanly

C - The "Millennium Patch" is still close to the Hoof and supporting the new growth.


The new healthy Heel growth on the "Sheared Heel."

This horse has been successfully put back into the excitement since the "Millennium Patch" application technique was applied three months ago!


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