06-07-2011, 03:58 PM
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^^ This. I would caution against being too quick to correct flares. Some horses just have them. One of mine has for years (he is 22) due to a hock issue, and the way he moves. Over the winter I free leased him to a therapeutic riding center. Long story short, their farrier insisted on tking off the flares. Within a month he was back home, since he was "off".. Duh. Removing the flare torqued his joint just enough to affect it. Flare is now back, he is much more comfortable. I will also say that I did not notice where you are, but you said you have just moved to a new area? Perhaps the crack is from all the rain this spring, the wetness, of a change in ground, feed, etc. You cannot blame everything on the farrier. I would, however, ask about it.