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post #1 of 4 Old 12-27-2012, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Cracked hooves? White line?

My mare has had a crack in her front feet ever since I got her. The farrier trys to trim it out but it keeps coming back! Now her left front hoof has had a peice chip out of it. I don't know what to do.. It has been really wet here lately. She is also unshod. Her back hooves never have any problems. Just her front two. What should I do??
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-27-2012, 03:17 PM
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A picture would be helpful. Chips are common, but w/o a picture it is hard to tell if it's indicative of anything or even threatening. To little info for anyone to really say anything of any value.
As far as the reoccuring crack, it has to be "treated" w the whole hoof in mind - i.e., starging from the coronet band - down.

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post #3 of 4 Old 12-29-2012, 11:08 AM
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If it's white line causing the crack, treat the white line aggressively while the farrier continues to trim the crack out. True white line looks like the inner hoof wall is being chewed away next to the white line.. A nice roll on the edges may help as well.
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yes pics - see link in my signature below - needed. the recurring crack could be due to hoof imbalance insufficient trimming infection low grade laminitis or a combo of any of those. so treatment probably needs to be more holistic than just trimming. yes wet environment is a likely contributor so keep horse on dry ground if at all poss.
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