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[RC] Separation at the Coronet Band - Sluys Guys

This weekend I went to the Sand Hills Stampede in South Carolina and ended up pulling my horse after the second loop of the 55. I had noticed a little blood on his coronet band but being a very tender skinned horse he usually has a speck of blood somewhere from a nick or what not and since he is white it shows up very well. When I was washing it off I realized it was coming from his coronet band. It appeared that the deep sand had irritated it and it looked like it was starting to separate. He had felt great on the trail and had vetted with As and sound. As I was washing it I pushed on it and he reacted pretty strongly so I took him back to the vets and we all agreed that another 13 miles was not going to make it any better so he was done for the day. .
I thought back to the other 3 sandy rides I have done in the past year and realized that after each one Blue has ended up with a horizontal crack on the front of his hoof so I guess this is how that starts. I have not ever had this problem on mountain rides but that's where we are from.
Has anyone had this experience before? Anything I can do to help him out?

Thanks, Nancy Sluys

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