Another Interesting Case This Week!


This week, Berkshire Farriers were presented with another interesting case.  The horse (images above) was presented to the vets with a suspected case of keratoma.


A keratoma is a type of benign tumour that grows inside the horses foot. It originates from the horn producing cells, usually underneath the coronet, and grows down the foot with the normal hoof.


X-rays were taken of the foot to identify exactly where the keratoma was located.  The affected area was located and surgically cut away.  Berkshire Farriers then applied a shoe along with a hospital plate to stabilise the foot.  The front of the foot was kept bandaged to prevent infection and this required to be changed daily.

Over time, a hard layer of horn will form over the affected area and the defect in the hoof wall will grow out, allowing the hoof to return to normal.