In many cases, the corn or sole bruise will resolve once the source of trauma is removed. For corns, usually the removal of the horseshoe will allow the hoof to heal on its own. During this time, the horse should not be ridden. Sometimes, the sole will need to be trimmed as well. If there is an abscess, this will need to be drained and properly dressed. This will leave a very sensitive and irritated area that will need to be further treated and healed. The hoof will need to be cared for regularly, with foot baths and clean dressings applied one or more times daily, and the stall in which the horse is kept will need to be kept particularly clean. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as phenylbutazone (bute) are sometimes prescribed by your veterinarian to help keep the horse comfortable while the bruise or corn heals.
After the corn has been treated, it is important to give your horse time to heal. Corns are very painful, and when they are removed the procedure and exposed area can be painful as well. Depending on your horse's health status and the severity of the pain, your veterinarian may prescribe a pain reliever until your horse is able to stand comfortably on the wounded foot again.
The following are steps you can take to help prevent the development of corns:
The outside covering of the foot of hooved animals
Any type of pain or tenderness or lack of soundness in the feet or legs of animals
A tool that is used to test how sensitive a horse’s foot is
The name for the species of horses, donkeys, mules
The outside layer of the skin
A localized infection, usually a lesion filled with pus. Can be large or small in size.
The hard outside of the feet of certain animals, like horses, cattle, goats, and pigs