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    07-26-2011, 01:39 AM
  #21
Green Broke
Wow, that's quite the crack! You said you've only had him for a couple months- did he have the crack already, or is it a recent development?

I'm obviously not an expert (as my recent thread proves!) but it looks to me like the horse is in need of a proper trim more than anything- not that a hoof supplement would hurt. I'd be interested in seeing what the hoof looked like after the trim. Is this your horse's first trim since you got him?
     
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    07-26-2011, 01:52 AM
  #22
Yearling
No this is his second trim since I got him. He had his feet done sat so ill get a new picture tomorow. They definetly look better after a trim or so I think.I got him knowing about the crack. He isnt lame at all or having any other issues. He is currently starting a diet because he is overweight..
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    07-26-2011, 05:21 AM
  #23
Trained
Um, is the first pic(the one I said was too small) of the same foot when you just got the horse? Or is that pic a recent one & the others what the foot originally looked like? The latter pics show HUGE flaring(of which I'd be surprised if bad cracks didn't accompany) & while it's hard to tell much from that angle, the toe looks short & perhaps heels are high. Need further information.
     
    07-26-2011, 10:28 AM
  #24
Yearling
The very first picture was taken before I got the horse I would have to look at the date the picture was sent. The other pictures were before he got trimmed and yes his feet tend to flare. I just got his feet done sat and mentioned I was going to get a picture today of his feet after a trim
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    07-26-2011, 10:17 PM
  #25
Trained
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Originally Posted by ladybugsgirl    
The very first picture was taken before I got the horse I would have to look at the date the picture was sent. The other pictures were before he got trimmed and yes his feet tend to flare. I just got his feet done sat and mentioned I was going to get a picture today of his feet after a trim
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More than one pic & more info would be helpful. Although they seem to have become much worse, it's really hard to judge from these pics alone, or whether/how the farrier may be effecting him. See the link in my signature for what sort of pics are best for critique.
     
    07-26-2011, 11:06 PM
  #26
Yearling
Ok. I wasnt asking about a whole hoof critique is why I only showed that angle of just the crack its self. But I well try to read your link. I just showed the picture in reaponse to someone asking for a picture of the crack.
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    07-26-2011, 11:10 PM
  #27
Yearling
What other info can I give you and ill try to do my best to answer... :)
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    07-26-2011, 11:20 PM
  #28
Yearling
Hes feet tend to flare due in part to his breed and the fact he's overweight (which is a issue I am and I have been working on). My farrier who has worked on other horses of the same bred said that flaring tends to happen more with the breed due to the amount of weight the horse carries (since they are a heavier
Breed of horse). I think proper care of the hoof, or overrall care went untreated for so long is why he even has the crack.
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    07-27-2011, 12:55 AM
  #29
Trained
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Originally Posted by ladybugsgirl    
Ok. I wasnt asking about a whole hoof critique is why I only showed that angle of just the crack its self. But I well try to read your link. I just showed the picture in reaponse to someone asking for a picture of the crack.
Yes, but in my experience, the more info you can provide, the more specific & relevant the advice you may get. And major cracks aren't generally just due to localised problems, but are often due to the 'balance' of the entire hoof... which is what appears likely a contributor to his problem, at any rate.

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What other info can I give you and ill try to do my best to answer... :)
Info on diet, management, health... you've already addressed one of those things, saying he's overweight - think I already mentioned importance of diet? It's not just the added weight of a heavy(breed or fatness) horse on their feet.

Yes, some types of horse are more *prone* to certain types of hoof deformities, which is where the idea of 'typical TB' or 'typical arab' or 'typical draft' feet comes in. However, they are still signs of environmental problems(as opposed to genetic) IMO and I don't believe just because they're more prone to these problems they are acceptable.
     
    07-27-2011, 02:16 AM
  #30
Yearling
Right now he is on pasture with a grazing muzzle, its the only option I have right now. Before I got him he was on pasture 24/7 with hay in winter time. Well I think he is one of those horses that is prone to flaring due to breed and weight and maybe maintance. I will have to email the previous owner about how long his had the crack since she had him eight years. She said she had him on hoof supplements but didnt find that they worked.
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