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    04-15-2013, 01:10 AM
His diet is pasture and grass/alfalfa hay. His trough does overflow so there is always mud all the way around it.

I wasn't happy with the job this farrier did and you guys just confirmed it for me. The farrier I had before always collected Comic's feet up really nice. This time they looked really wide to me. These shoes were actually just put on yesterday.

Thanks for the help and suggestions. Toto... what you said wasn't rude at all. I rode him today because the crack wasn't near that open. Also, with previous farrier, I was able to ride him fine without his cracks opening up like that. After todays ride I figured I'd need to wait for the crack to grow out. But at this point, even if I stay off of him and have the shoes pulled, would it be of benefit to epoxy it to help hold it together? Some things need a bandaid to help them along :)
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    04-15-2013, 01:27 AM
I'm posting this picture of my mare's hoof even though it is a different type of crack. The two parts of her hoof actually grew at two different rates. You can see how we had to cut the back part back more frequently to keep the pressure off of it. I'm wondering if perhaps your horse's hoof would be the same. And if he has a shoe on, it would prohibit you from trimming as necessary to keep pressure off, thus making the split continue? I'm no expert, so definitely consult with the ones who are. It's just a thought.

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    04-15-2013, 02:06 AM
As you can see in Oldhorselady's pic, no weightbearing on the crack. That's the most important thing to do....bevel the edges really well, a nice mustang roll, that way it will not be pulled apart with every step. If you keep doing this, you might be even able to ride, depending on how deep the crack is and how well it can be kept off the ground.
I would consider adding a vit/ min supplement or a ration balancer to give him what's missing in his diet for growing a decent set of hooves.
    04-15-2013, 02:46 AM
Oh llllllawd! That hoof!!

I wouldnt slap epoxy on it unless it gets horribly bad-- its not that bad now, but could get worse if not taken care of properly. That farriers work is is no doubt unacceptable --im still like over him wanting to suture it.. it aint that bad either. Just needs the right amount nipped off the outer hoofwall so that its not touching anymore.
    04-15-2013, 11:57 AM
I think I'm going to have my old farrier re-do the front shoes. He still does my FILs horses (they have been friends for 30 years so he still shoes for FIL) and I'll ask if I can take Comic up when he does those. Then I can get that shoe pulled and the hoof wall cut back. Since you mentioned it I'm pretty sure he trimmed the hoof wall back last spring and then put a shoe on it. If not I'll have him just pull the whole set and put a tight trim all the way around.
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    04-15-2013, 12:01 PM
With a re-hab hoof, don't expect it to look pretty. My mares hoof took over 9 months to grow out, and as it did, we weren't sure if that back piece would break off at some point completely. Now, amazingly, her hoof is completely normal.
    04-15-2013, 01:00 PM
If your old farrier would do that, outstanding! I would, personally, if at all possible, try without shoes, provided the crack is not too deep and can be "lifted" off the ground with rolling the toe.
ETA: I'd still get him a general vit/min supplement to help grow a new healthy hoof. Unfortunately nowadays there's so many nutrients lacking and others too much in the soil that it is necessary.
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    04-15-2013, 06:54 PM
So it was driving me nuts all night. I called the farrier this morning and talked to him about it. He agreed (and seemed very nice and understanding) to come out this week and "gather up" the front feet, reset his shoes, and address the crack. I talked to my old farrier and sent him the photo. He told me to have him trim the hoof back at the crack (like you guys suggested) then have him put clip shoes on to help hold it together. He said, knowing my horse and his feet, I should be okay to ride him but to keep an eye on it.

This guy (new farrier) also put shoes on my boss' horses on the same day. I took a look at hers this morning and (other than a couple of high or low nails) look beautiful. Her husband is super picky about his horses and knows a lot more than I do about shoeing and he was fairly happy with the shoes. I don't know if the farrier just got in a hurry with mine or what but at least I know he CAN do a nice job. I'll see how it goes with him coming out to fix the problem then go from there.

I would let him just go barefoot but if I do that after the snow melts he ends up with absesses. I tried going barefoot and using boots for riding a couple of years ago but his feet were always sore. We have 2 other horses that go barefoot year round no problem. Comic has wimpy feet. Going to start him back on the biotin I had him on a couple of years ago. That seemed to help his feet a lot.
    04-15-2013, 06:59 PM
Im wantin to see the bottoms of his feet.. is your pasture really rocky or somethin?
    04-15-2013, 07:20 PM
Not rocky. Mostly grass actually. His full sister has feet just like his.

I've been riding him for 7 years, never had a lameness issue unless he was barefoot after the ground hardened up in the spring. Had the same farrier for all 7 years. We've always battled cracks but this one is the worst. I think the key to the puzzle is finding out if this guy can fix the problem or finding a new farrier.

I'll update after he comes out again this week. My former farrier seems to think this kid can fix the problem and, with a little direction, do a pretty nice job. He hasn't been doing it all that long and I'm willing to give him a chance.

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