Dry, Brittle, Cracking Hooves & Lost a shoe

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    08-04-2012, 09:49 PM
Dry, Brittle, Cracking Hooves & Lost a shoe


My new mare Rumor has horrible horrible hooves right now. Our hot, dry weather with lack of rain has made a disaster of our horses hooves this year.

Rumor was at a show approximately 1 month ago. And took a chunk out of her right front hoof. Farrier was out the next day and put front shoes on.

Well, I knew her shoes needed to be reset when I purchased her. I was hoping to wait until August 11th when our farrier is due out. The right front was cracking on the other side and starting to come loose. The shoe was slightly bent like she had stepped on it. All my other horses are barefoot, so I know next to nothing about shoes. None of my other horses have ever needed shoes.

I go out at feeding time tonight. And the hoof has started coming apart in a horizontal line along the nails. It's coming off. So I go to get some nippers to pull the shoe the rest of the way. I come back, and...It's gone.

Rumor is not limping. Doesn't seem to notice it's gone. I pick her foot up and check it out to see if there's anything I can do or any damage done. My inexperienced eyes can't tell a darn thing except it looks horrid.

I called my farrier to ask what I should do. Do I pull the other shoe to even her up? Is this an emergency? Stall her? He tells me that he'll be out tomorrow. Tomorrow is Sunday. (Did I mention that I love my farrier?) I tell him that I hate to ask him to come out on a Sunday. So we made an appointment for Monday afternoon whenever he can get out here.

I tell him she took off a lot of hoof and I'm not even sure if he'll be able to put a shoe back on due to lack of...surface area to place the nails. (Again, I know nothing about shoes so I'm clueless) He said he's sure that he'll be able to do something for her.

I love my farrier.

Anyways. What do you guys think?

I've added Biotin to her diet, but honestly, that is going to take months to take effect. I've been reading up on Grand Hoof w/ MSM that I think I'd like to try as her hoof supplement. And RainMaker seems like it would be a good addition to my tackroom. Anyone used these products? I'm very interested in the RainMaker for a more immediate effect.

I overflow my water troughs and we have been getting some rain here. But the major damage to hooves have already been done this year. It's going to take multiple trimmings to correct all the chips that we've gone through. And go figure...My Spanish Mustang mix gelding, has one tiny chip in his hoof that will be trimmed away on the farrier's next visit. He's has the hardiest feet I've ever seen. My farrier says he has the healthiest feet he's ever worked on.
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    08-04-2012, 09:54 PM
Most of that will get cut off, she looked way overdo. Just keep her on a regular shedule and she will be fine. They can fill in the chipped areas with putty if needed.
    08-04-2012, 10:11 PM
She was just trimmed and shod 4, at the latest 5 weeks ago. Previous owners got her feet done every 6 weeks.

At least we use the same farrier. So he knows whats going on with her.

I sure hope she's going to clean up nicely. I feel so bad looking at that foot.
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    08-04-2012, 10:57 PM
The parts of her hoof that broke off, honestly do not look THAT bad. She is very long and overdo for a trim, but the parts that broke off are just trying to self trim and don't look that far past the sole plane. I bet that in a couple trims she will look good as new. :)
    08-04-2012, 11:49 PM
Yikes! That does look horrible, but doesn't look like too terrible damage wise. Hopefully she have better hooves now that she is in your care. Must see some other pics of this girl besides her feet!

I also do use rain maker hoof dressing, seems to work well on my two. I apply it every few days. Another hoof dressing I just got from SmartPak is called Farrier Fix. It's a hoof hardner and also helps maintain moisture and even has Venice turpentine and wintergreen oil to soothe any soreness your horse's hooves may have. I've used it a few times on my gelding who gets a little tender from time to time, worked like a charm! Good luck!
    08-04-2012, 11:58 PM
SaddleStrings... lots of pictures can be found here... Meet...My new horse. :-D im loving my new girl.

Thanks for the information on RainMaker too. As well as FarrierFix. I did search SmartPak for hoof care. But there are so many. Id like to get opinions from people here, and from my farrier on which one to choose. But for now, as least im getting Biotin and Vitamin E into her system.

I can't wait to see what my farrier can do with her feet. Ill post pictures afterwards.

She has been well taken care of be previous owners. We've just has such dry, hard conditions. Bugs are bad so stomping feet for bugs is chipping feet like crazy. This is the worst I've ever seen in my 12 years of owning horses.
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    08-05-2012, 12:03 AM
Honestly, it doesn't look that bad. I think you can relax until your farrier comes out on Monday. If you have a good farrier (sounds like it!), he'll be able to make it work.
    08-05-2012, 12:12 AM
Thats 4 or 5 weeks of growth? O.o She was wayyyyy ovedue for a reset.
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    08-05-2012, 12:15 AM
Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
Thats 4 or 5 weeks of growth? O.o She was wayyyyy ovedue for a reset.
LoL. I absolutely promise!
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    08-05-2012, 12:17 AM
Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
Thats 4 or 5 weeks of growth? O.o She was wayyyyy ovedue for a reset.
LoL. I absolutely promise!

This was her hoof just yesterday...due? Yes. Wayyyy overdue? I didnt think so...?
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