A few years ago I was grooming Kaswyn before my ride and I saw a small wound on his coronet band. I said "Oh no!" and my friend Linda heard me. She said "What?" And I said "My horse has a puncture wound!"
She came over to take a look, and said "That's not a puncture wound! He popped a gravel."
I said "What's a gravel?"
She explained that a gravel was a small abcess that worked it's way up the hoof wall and came out at the coronet band instead of out the bottom of the foot. I asked if I should call the vet, and she laughed, saying that the problem was now solved and I didn't need to do anything.
That was the first I had heard of a gravel, and the first one the Kaswyn has had.
Here is a picture of the one that I just found.
You can see the little pink circle area right at the coronet band. It looks like a little hole that's started healing from the inside, and there was no blood or swelling at all. A big bonus is that he didn't go lame, and I'm glad the abcess came out as a gravel instead of having to be dug out of the bottom of his foot. That would have been a huge pain.
For both Kaswyn and my checkbook, I'm sure.
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