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    04-15-2013, 06:40 PM
  #21
Banned
Id say from looks of hoof in photo your farrier won't fix a darn thing. Sorry that farrier wouldn't be touching my horses feet.

Been through 5 crappy work or issues they just never fix. Don't care what you tell him he isn't going to see it. Most don't if he's let this get that bad that tells me he can't and won't fix anything.

Been there done that 5 times now am going on number 6 will see what he does .. if not good he won't be coming back.
     
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    04-15-2013, 06:53 PM
  #22
Weanling
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
Id say from looks of hoof in photo your farrier won't fix a darn thing. Sorry that farrier wouldn't be touching my horses feet.

Been through 5 crappy work or issues they just never fix. Don't care what you tell him he isn't going to see it. Most don't if he's let this get that bad that tells me he can't and won't fix anything.

Been there done that 5 times now am going on number 6 will see what he does .. if not good he won't be coming back.
He's not charging me to come out and fix the problem so I'm willing to let him try. He also didn't let it get this bad, the crack was there before he put the shoes on. This was his first time out. Horses were barefoot all winter. I'm not saying that he can fix it for sure but I'm going to give him the chance before I pay someone else. If I'm still not happy after he comes back out then I'll call someone else. No sense in throwing away money, but I'm also not going to let my horse go lame to save a buck. I'll have this resolved by the end of the week either way. :)
     
    04-15-2013, 07:00 PM
  #23
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Originally Posted by BoldComic    
He's not charging me to come out and fix the problem so I'm willing to let him try. He also didn't let it get this bad, the crack was there before he put the shoes on. This was his first time out. Horses were barefoot all winter. I'm not saying that he can fix it for sure but I'm going to give him the chance before I pay someone else. If I'm still not happy after he comes back out then I'll call someone else. No sense in throwing away money, but I'm also not going to let my horse go lame to save a buck. I'll have this resolved by the end of the week either way. :)

Fare enough then guess if your not being charged then its worth a try. I didn't know or missed it that was first time he did your horse.
     
    04-15-2013, 07:05 PM
  #24
Weanling
I prob didn't put that it was the first time we had him come out. My bad. We'll see how this goes. I hate trying to find a new farrier. I was spoiled with a really great farrier. Actually this whole valley was. Now we're all in a scramble to find someone new. I tried asking around about other farriers but everyone I know used the same guy! Sigh... anyone from Northern Utah who might read this... got any suggestions for a farrier if this guy doesn't pan out?
     
    04-15-2013, 07:07 PM
  #25
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Im still wantin to know why he abscesses barefooted? Are his heels real contracted or somethin not trimmed right?

Is that crack from a previous abscess?

-21 questions! Lol.
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    04-15-2013, 07:59 PM
  #26
Weanling
He "stone bruises" really easy. His feet are the reason he was pulled off the track. Near as the vet can tell he just has soft feet. He had xrays done and was looked at by 3 vets before they brought him home from the track (which was right before he became mine). Seems like genetics has a lot to do with it since his sister is the same way. Like I said, never have a problem if he's got shoes on. No his heels are not contracted, however, his sisters are really badly. His trims have been spot on. This is the first time a trim or shoe job hasn't been up to par.

The crack is not from an abscess. And this foot cracks worse than any of the others. Part of this crack being so bad is my fault for not having him trimmed a bit sooner, however, he wasn't super long. He just needs trimmed more than the others to keep this crack at bay.
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    04-18-2013, 09:38 PM
  #27
Yearling
If it was my horse, Id cut that crack open and treat the snot out of it for fungal issues daily till it is gone. It looks papery along its edge and that is almost always indicative of a fungal element at work as well as balance and trim issues. I have no doubt this started as a balance/trim issue.

Keep in mind a horse can have BOTH balance/trim issues AND fungal elements to a longstanding crack like that. Success often means attacking from all angles.

I would not epoxy over it unless it was well opened and cleaned out. I would open and treat it certainly whatever route you go. Id like to see the bottom as well to see how deep it goes, but since this horse is shod, we wont be able to see much.

The long and short of it is this horse needs properly balanced, trimmed and reset at 4 or 5 weeks so no excess growth is wedging it back open every cycle till its grown out. If you wait longer, it will just keep going up the foot and you will keep fighting it. Long toes will make it worse. Weak under run heels will make it worse. Pour in padding can help take the load off the walls. Don't neglect treating it topically for fungus also.
     
    04-18-2013, 09:58 PM
  #28
Foal
My mare had an abscess and it split her hoof. It has taken months to get it to start growing out right. Because its constantly moving it will not ever grow back together if you don't do something. She was barefoot when she abscessed and she wasn't really being ridden. Just in a pasture 24/7.

This is what it looked like in the beginning.



This is about 2 months ago. It still isn't growing together.


I will get a picture of her now tomorrow. Its been around 8 months now I believe. The hoof split maybe 6 months ago. She was in foal and that didn't help.
     
    04-19-2013, 12:21 AM
  #29
Trained
Ouch, all these pictures make my own feet hurt! I have never faced a cracked hoof (knock on wood), I just find it interesting. I hope it improves for comic and that you keep the thread updated w his progress, OP.
     
    04-19-2013, 04:04 PM
  #30
Yearling
KG, your horse appears to have a slight growth defect in the coronet now which makes it harder. Its been rasped so its hard to tell. I would highly suspect white line disease/damage/infection personally. Resecting that foot could make a difference in how it knits together. IMO, you should talk to a vet about resection if you want to get that grown out and done with.
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