A corn is a bruise at the heel between the wall and the bars of the foot known as the ‘seat of corn’. Corns are often the result of an ill-fitting shoe, especially if the hoof becomes overgrown allowing the heels to drop or if the shoe did not properly support the heels to start with. The heels of the shoe lie inside the wall and therefore cause excessive pressure on the seat of corn.
Signs that a horse may have corns include; acute lameness, increased temperature at bulb of heel, a painful focus detectable at the seat of corn with hoof testers, a focal red or black bruised area. Blood-streaked horn or even pus and under running of the heel may be found when the shoe is removed and the foot is pared back.
Can Equissage help?
Equissage constantly proves to be a very effective tool for the treatment of injuries to the foot due to its ability to aid healing in distal areas of the body. This is equally so where there is the presence of pus as Equissage can help to draw the pus out. Any pain within the foot results in the horse not bearing weight, thus one of the functions of the frog - that of a pumping mechanism for the blood supply can be impaired. Equissage effectively takes over the frog's duties until the corn is healed.
Use the Hand Unit directly to the seat of the corn for 5-10 minutes on a medium setting, twice daily.