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post #1 of 21 Old 12-12-2012, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Cracking & Chipping Hooves

I have had my boy Cash for 7 months now and can't get his hooves to stop cracking and chipping! He used to be a padded show horse , but when he was given to me he hadn't been trimmed in almost 4 years ! I have recently changed farriers , the other one was very unreliable , and when he came out he told me that Cash has really tender hooves because they were very soft and that a few trimming would have him looking good. I did go out and buy some hoof stuff that is said helps with the cracks and chips ...Is this normal ? I know he is extremely tender footed ! He can't be on anything but pasture without shoes on , but my other two are fine on anything and have strong , tough hooves ...Anyone else have this problem or have any suggestions on how to help?
*I just threw a picture in there just because ! I'm going to try and go out tomorrow and take some pics of his hooves if the weather isn't crappy!**
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post #2 of 21 Old 12-12-2012, 10:23 PM
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Beveling the edges and not parring away the sole. I like the barefoot trims vs the farrier trim. I like Pete Ramey's trims and it has worked wonders for me. Loosie on this forum is very knowledgeable when it comes to hooves, if you contact her she will want to see pictures and will recommend no goopy stuff for the hooves. Which I agree. Everone has there own opinion, so you will have to use your own judgement.
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post #3 of 21 Old 12-13-2012, 07:18 PM
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hi, yes more info n hoof pics needed. But if he hadnt been trimmed in years, chances are no attention to diet n nutrition either, which are big factors n there is probably going to be some infection present in the cracks, which will perpetuate them even with good trimmin n diet.
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post #4 of 21 Old 12-13-2012, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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I've had him for 7 months and he has been getting his trimming and everything ...he doesn't have an infection , no swelling , heat , or lameness. I can't ride him anywhere but pasture right now until he can get shoes on , and the farrier said until we get the cracks and everything out and his hooves harden up the shoes won't hold. I didn't get a chance to get pics today but will try tomorrow . I just don't understand why my other 2 have nice hooves and he doesn't , and I got him and another one from the same lady and only he has this problem. He is just on pasture and no grain or anything because he is already a chunky monkey !
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post #5 of 21 Old 12-13-2012, 08:21 PM
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You might want to start him on a product, a feed supplement, called Farrier's Formula. It's pricey but it does improve the new growth. Chipping and small cracks are how the horse self trims. Anything you put on the hoof has little to no effect. It needs to be on the inside. Once he's been on FF about 3 weeks his coat will improve as well. It takes about 9 months to grow out a hoof and he will need to be on FF all that time. If there is a sandy area near by that will help toughen his soles. The more you protect his soles the more you will have to rely on shoes or pasture riding.
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post #6 of 21 Old 12-13-2012, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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I don't have any sand out in the pasture , we live in TN , but there is a big dirt sport in the pasture. The only thing with feed is I'm scared he will gain more weight and he is already over weight . Also , do you think maybe getting a bag or so of sand and putting it out there would help ? He used to be a padded horse and I have no idea if that has anything to do with this or not . He has a really pretty coat though and long beautiful tail !
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post #7 of 21 Old 12-13-2012, 09:15 PM
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Show us some pictures. Where are you located in East TN? Who is your farrier? What "hoof stuff" are you applying? You can PM me if you wish. I live here in east tn too and may have some insights for you.

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post #8 of 21 Old 12-13-2012, 10:20 PM
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...he doesn't have an infection , no swelling , heat , or lameness.
I was thinking hoof wall infection - aka seedy toe or white line disease, which doesn't cause heat, swelling or, unless quite bad, lameness. But it can eat away at the horn material quicker than it can grow if not treated effectively.

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I can't ride him anywhere but pasture right now until he can get shoes on , and the farrier said until we get the cracks and everything out and his hooves harden up the shoes won't hold.
Good - not that you can't ride, but that the farrier recommends keeping shoes off him until his feet are healthy at least. I agree, but not just because shoes 'won't hold'. There are such things as hoof boots these days, which are a much better alternative to conventional rims in most cases, and which actually protect the hoof without the peripheral wall loading that can do further damage. Look up www.easycareinc.com/

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I just don't understand why my other 2 have nice hooves and he doesn't , and I got him and another one from the same lady and only he has this problem. He is just on pasture and no grain or anything because he is already a chunky monkey !
Just as 2 people can be exposed to the same thing & not suffer the same effects, horses are also individual, with different metabolisms, sensitivities, genes... It could be that him being a 'chunky monkey' is the root of the issue - look up 'sub clinical laminitis' & insulin resistance / equine metabolic syndrome.
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OK , the stuff that I started putting on Cash's hooves is Fiebing's Hoof Dressing. I am fixing to go out and get pictures
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post #10 of 21 Old 12-15-2012, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Here are some pics of his hooves ...they look much better since the farrier trimmed them down , but still have some work to do ..Also I think he's lost some weight :)
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