April 23, 2014

Can Vettec Help Fix a Broken Hoofwall?

Hello All,

I thought the following tech question and answer might be useful and interesting to some of you.  Last week, Diane contacted us with questions on how to help her rescue donkey's hooves.  Read on to see how things unfolded:

Hello Vettec,

I found your site this morning.  My donkey Sidney has broken his left hind hoof wall, in front of [his] hoof.   Pictures attached.   He is not favoring [the] hoof [and] does not seem to be aware that there is a problem.  I recently rescued him and another donkey; they are around 8-10 years old and have never had much dental or hoof care.  I am working on both of those issues.  Unfortunately Sidney showed up yesterday morning with the broken hoof, which had occurred the night before (was not like that the previous evening when I said goodnight to them).  I was wondering if your products, especially the Adhere, would be useful in this situation.  My trimmer, who comes from out of state, will be here next weekend. 

Thank you for your assistance.         

Diane U.


Hi Diane


Thank you for contacting us with your question. It looks like from the photos you sent us, and the best I can tell,  that the foot is very long and I think most of the damage will trim out. I see a separation up at the top on the medial side of the foot. It concerns me that that you may be dealing with White Line Disease. I'm not saying that is the case but it should be looked at closer.  I would not be in a hurry to cover anything up at this point. I think with trimming and a vet check the donkey will be fine. But I would really get the void between the wall and lamina looked at.

Have a good weekend,

Tab Pigg CJF


We always appreciate your questions, and hope to be able to provide suggestions for solutions.  It's important to remember that you should always consult with your farrier and vet before taking action.  While Adhere is a great material for repairing hoof wall, this case doesn't seem to require it at this time. 

Thank y'all for your time.