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post #11 of 15 Old 12-13-2012, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips! I might look into a hoof supplement as I feel bad that his feet (to me) look in such a sorry state right now. At the end of winter he developed horizontal cracks across his coronets on both back feet, the front were affected too but not so badly - the vet thought it was a mild laminitic bout due to the change of seasons as nothing showed up in his blood test.

The new hoof that is growing down looks pretty messed up and my farrier is concerned that there will be trouble when the new growth (which are no longer deep cracks) gets further down. I will get some pics this weekend to see what people with more experience think, the farrier is due this weekend for a trim so will see what she says too. I just feel awful that his hooves look so bad at both ends, breaking off badly around the edges and some funky new growth at the top! I have been reading as much as I can on hoof care to get some more knowledge but will admit that I am still quite new to it all.

In the past I have had horses with great feet so really left it up to the farrier (no excuse I know but was much younger then and didn't need to do more than keep them clean). Will also see if she can show me how correctly smooth them off between trims to keep the breaking to a minimum. Have just emptied his trough and refilled it so the ground is nice and wet for now but in for another scorcher tomorrow so wont stay wet for long.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-13-2012, 03:47 AM
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developed horizontal cracks across his coronets on both back feet, the front were affected too but not so badly - the vet thought it was a mild laminitic bout
Hmm, I'd be thinking quite major 'bout' if the hooves actually cracked, rather than just ridgy rings. If it was minor it wouldn't be likely to cause such a breakdown IME.

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The new hoof that is growing down looks pretty messed up and my farrier is concerned that there will be trouble when the new growth (which are no longer deep cracks) gets further down.
Yeah, could be & I'd be particularly watchful of infection, but as for it breaking off too high when it approaches the ground, if you keep the toes back & short & keep them well bevelled, so the walls aren't copping a big load or leverage, they should be able to grow down without doing further damage. Avoid peripheral loading & he should be right.

As for overflowing water troughs & such(never done that, between tank water & droughts!), they don't need that often, if at all, and they also don't need to stand in deep puddles - only the inner walls & sole holds - & absorbs - moisture, so standing on wet carpet is good enough. Once a week would suffice.
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thanks loosie, I was just using the term mild as the equine vet wasn't too sure about what caused it (same as my farrier) and at no stage did he show any signs of lameness. My farrier also sent photos off to an expert to get her take on it and she wasn't able to offer any definite answers. Spoke to his old owner tonight and she said that she used hoof oil daily on him and he never had any issues. Who knows, guess its one of those things where you can get lots of different advice and still not be sure if you are doing the right thing!
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guess its one of those things where you can get lots of different advice and still not be sure if you are doing the right thing!
Look into the science of it - horn material at biological level for eg - & you will better understand. But yep, you know what they say - if you ask a question of 10 different horse owners, you're bound to get at least 20 different answers!
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Well, being a kiwi also, I have the same problem, especially with mums new mare who had horrendous hooves when we got her. I use worlds best hoof oil on all 3 of my horses (one barefoot tb, one front shod tb, one barefoot miniature) and I would never use anything else after finding that stuff, it's just brilliant. When my gelding first arrived here 2 years ago, the last farrier he saw before we got him gave him a bit much of a "trim" and he developed growth rings or whatever theyre called and had horrible hooves for around a year while that all grew out and got trimmed properly (I love my farrier, i love my farrier..) However, unfortunately for me, as I move into the manawatu very soon I will have to find a new farrier -_-

If you can try to keep a puddle around his water trough you should be alright, but honestly, the worlds best hoof oil is amazing for cracks and moisture etc, and I second the suggestions of diet etc, if you can get bloods to find out the levels or everything that would be a good place to start so you know what to change and what to keep the same.

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