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    12-14-2009, 11:13 PM
  #11
Trained
Go study hoofrehab.com for starters. It's generally because hooves have been left too long &/or badly balanced that causes cracks. You may be diligently getting the farrier frequently enough, but he's not taking enough off. Or perhaps the walls have started to flare & there's nothing to come off the ground surface, but he doesn't relieve the flaring. I agree diet/nutrition are a big part of healthy hooves.

I don't agree with painting goop on the feet as a rule. I also don't agree with staples & the likes, or shoeing feet for this reason(not to mention shoeing babies), as this just peripherally loads the foot, forcing the walls to carry the horse and leading to other issues.
     
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    12-14-2009, 11:24 PM
  #12
Trained
Just saw the pic. A couple of different angles would be helpful, including a sole pic or few. Can't tell much from just this one sorry.

It appears that her toes aren't flaring at all, but that her quarters may be a little, as they may be a bit long. The walls should be only slightly protruding the sole, and this should be a uniform length right around, from heel to toe. Generally a horse's hooves are 'scooped' at the quarters - that is, they should be slightly shorter at the quarters than heel or toe, following the sole plane. It is generally more prominent in back feet. If the farrier is rasping them level from heel to toe, there is likely to be unhealthy pressure at the quarters.

It also appears that her heels may be a little high, and if she is being stood up on her toes, this will lead to too much pressure there, which can cause toe cracks.

Another thing, especially if you're in a damp area, is that the cracks may have become infected with thrush. If you don't treat infection, even if the horse is being well trimmed, it's likely to eat away inside & make it hard for the hoof to become healthy.
     
    12-14-2009, 11:25 PM
  #13
Trained
It's hard to say from just one angle, but I'd say she needs a far more agressive roll on her edges for starters. At just the area of the crack, the trim should be even shorter to relieve the pressure there. You don't want the walls beside the crack to touch the ground and cause the crack to split more. Think of it as an upside-down "v" -- try it with your fingers and apply downward pressure -- see how your fingers want to spread out even further? So the hoof wall there needs to be pressure free for a while.

Your farrier will not be able to get the whole crack in one trim. It needs to grow out. You'll need 3 - 6 months for that possibly. I have also rasped outside of the wall on the surface of the crack. I honestly don't know if it helps or not, but it didn't seem to hurt. Maybe BFH or Loosie would have input on that. My thinking was that it helped to eliminate any rough edges.
     
    12-15-2009, 12:46 AM
  #14
Green Broke
1 tablespoon of corn oil isn't going to do any good. Also, corn oil is high in Omega 6 fatty acids, which don't improve skin, coat, and feed like Omega 3's do. I would nix the corn oil and add flax meal instead. Horsetech.com has a product called BioFlax-20 that is high in flax and hoof building goodies. You can even custom blend a full vitamin/min supplement in it if you want added nutrients. Or go with their Glanzen product, which has added vitamins and minerals.

Vita Crumbles are the "flinstone knock-off" vitamins of the horse world. They are pretty worthless. If you haven't opened it, take them back.

I would have the filly on a 4-week trimming schedule, really beveling the toe to take ALL of the pressure off of it when she walks. Those cracks won't grow out, ever, unless you do. My mare had a similar crack and it finally started growing out when we switched to a Ramey-style "natural" barefoot trim. Now her feet NEVER chip or crack!

Here are a couple of good examples. Print these out and show them to your farrier. If he/she won't trim like this, find someone who will.
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Healthy Hoof - Solutions for Barefoot Performance
barefoot_Breakover

A related article (print this out too, though don't hurt yourself trying to understand it, lol. I do my own feet and this one is a bit "deep" for me even...)
BREAKOVER******* 2-15-05

Another related article (warning, cadaver feet pictured)
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Good article on nutrition:
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Foal trimming recommendations:
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    12-15-2009, 01:00 AM
  #15
Green Broke
From just in the pictures, it looks like he may be "rounding" them, but not beveling really at all. This is what a beveled hoof looks like

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*note there is no place where the wall touches the ground I.e. No pressure to keep the crack going in your case...

I would definitely check out the hoof rehab site that has been posted and also Barefoot for Soundness, it explains about wall pressure, cracking, flaring and other problems, I found it very helpful.
     

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