Just over a week ago, I saw a nasty cut at Speedy's coronary band. I cleaned it, cleaned it the next day, and then wrapped it every other day for a few more days. He was never lame, and he wasn't overly sensitive to being touched, but by the end of a week, it didn't look any better. I called the vet and got an appointment for the next day.
It could have been worse. Dr. Tolley surmised that Speedy hooked his foot on something, and then jammed that something down into the hoof, separating the hoof capsule from the coronary band. The coronary band is where new hoof is created.
For the first two weeks, I'll change the bandage every other day. It's a simple wrap comprised of a Telfa pad soaked with my old pal White Lotion (a lead acetate solution that inhibits proud flesh). I'll secure that with half a roll of 6 inch cotton before wrapping the whole thing in vet wrap. Over the weekend, I tossed on an Easy Boot (per Dr. Tolley's suggestion) to keep Speedy from walking out of the bandage. So far, the boot hasn't caused any new damage.
Depending on what it looks like, I'll either keep wrapping it, or we'll just let it do its thing. Ultimately, the new hoof is going to grow down to bridge the old hoof. They will not meet in a nice tidy line. The new hoof will probably grow over the existing hoof. At some point, we should be able to use some kind of a patch to more securely bind the two. Once there is a solid connection, Speedy can go back to work.
As each year passes, I realize that Speedy and I are in this for life, so what's another few months? In no time at all, we'll be working on those canter to walk transitions again. Second level isn't going anywhere.