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Several disorders affecting the hooves can be an indication for a partial hoof wall resection. However, high risks and harmful side effects are associated with a loss of supporting hoof wall, so the hoof must be stabilized and protected to promote successful healing
This article shall provide an overview of indications for hoof wall resections and the application of hoof casts based on four case reports. Some general information will be offered first.
In general, indications for hoof wall resections are given if severe hoof wall separations occurred, combined with a loss of function and risk of exacerbation of the disorder or secondary damages of sound structures. Moreover, excessive scar tissue causing pressure on enclosed structures of the hoof capsule might be a reason to remove parts of the hoof wall. Specifically, the following disorders can be indications for hoof wall resections: