For Lack of a Hoof - A Horse is Lost - Or is it?
In February 2010, Kena Davies came home from work to ﬁnd
her professional barrel racing horse, Zander, did not come up
with the rest of the gang to eat. Dreading the worst, she
began a long walk around the pasture.
She found her gelding attached to the fence - literally. He
had managed to insert the fencing between his hoof (what
remained) and his shoe.
Kena loaded Zander in a trailer for a visit to Dr. Cliff Honnas,
DVM, located at the Texas Equine Hospital in Bryan, Texas.
The shoe had thankfully remained on the foot. Zander
desperately needed the support. After the vet cleansed and
dressed the wound, Kena understood it would be a long time
- if ever - before her beloved gelding could be ridden.
On the 4th day, as instructed, Kena unwrapped the foot to change the dressing. Things did not look
good. The entire area was covered in rapidly growing proud ﬂesh, a pinkish granulation tissue
which ﬁlls in spaces between soft tissues. It has a tendency to form where there is little soft tissue
between skin and bone. It often occurs in areas of movement. The movement pulls on wound
edges. It will deﬁnitely slow the healing process as newly formed skin can not grow over a wound.
All too often a veterinarian must cut away the malformations.
Using Thieves™ Foaming Hand Soap, she cleansed the area. Next, Kena poured about 20 drops
of Thieves™ essential oil blend over the proud ﬂesh. A powdered charcoal was then applied over
the area. Six (6) drops of both Oregano and Thyme were applied neat along the coronary band.
These single oils which were known to aid in ﬁghting infection were smeared about until the entire
area was covered with oils. Last, she wrapped the foot as instructed. This procedure was repeated
every 4 days for approximately 2 months.
Kena felt the skin wound had healed sufﬁciently in 3
weeks but was concerned about infection getting
between the hoof wall & capsule. (photo at 3
weeks). There was no remaining caliﬂowered
overgrowth of tissue.
Each morning and evening, Zander received 2
ounces of NingXia Red™ to support his immune
system and aid in reducing inﬂammation.
Within 8 months, Zander had grown a whole new
foot - in less time than expected prognosis. He was