Equine - Hoof Bone Spur - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

A bone spur can form on or near the edge of any joint surface. It can range in size from just tiny sharp corner tall the way up to a large boney growth (see diagrams). Most often this type of growth is associated with arthritis of the joint, although we sometimes see spurs incidentally (causing no clinical abnormalities). As inflammation and deterioration of the joint progresses, the body starts to produce excess bone at the edges. Sometimes these spurs act to stabilize a painful joint, either by putting pressure on collateral ligaments (thus giving them a more snug fit to the joint, allowing less movement) or by eventually fusing the joint (preventing any motion at all). We diagnose the spurs most accurately with radiographs or ultrasonography.

he only long term answer is to dissolve the spur. This can be achieved by dealing with two underlying reasons behind their development in the first place.

We need to improve the circulation and healing potential in the hoof generally and encourage the re-absorption of the spur which can be seen as an excess calcification (like a scar) on the bone itself.

My program with normalising bone growth by providing specific nutrients and healing herbs to be found on my website:
Our product, Tendon and Bone, will support the re-absorption of the spur itself.

This will not really work over any reasonable time frame without dramatically improving the circulation within the hoof that is achieved by using my external oil treatment, Hoof Heel. 

Together these will quite rapidly begin to reverse the problem and you will see any lameness reduce as a sign that it is all working. If you are using Bute try not to use it for too long as the side effects can have a negative impact.
A herbal anti-inflammatory maybe equally effective.

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