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post #1 of 8 Old 06-06-2013, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Horizontal hoof crack

Hey guys! I need help.. So, my horse has a horizontal hoof crack about an inch long. It's almost half way down on her right front hoof, but I don't know what it is from! She has ever had an abscess, or a stone bruise. She is an ex race horse, if that makes a difference.. I just noticed the crack today, and I always do a complete check over on my horse before and after I ride. She has been limping on that one right leg/hoof on and off for the past week. Any ideas on what I should do about it?
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-06-2013, 11:39 PM
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A picture would help...?
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-07-2013, 03:12 PM
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Ack!!! Limping? Call your vet. BTW hi and welcome to the "hoof place". Sounds like possibly an abcess, but why would it choose to come thru the wall there? An abcess travels up the path of least resistance, so why is it thru the wall? I would want to know.
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-07-2013, 03:18 PM
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It's actually pretty common for a horse with an abscess to be lame for a few days and then end up with a horizontal crack in the hoof where the abscess blew out. I'd either have a farrier or vet check her over to make sure that she's on the mend.
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yep sounds like old trauma to the coronet that is growing out. Not usually anything to worry about.

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-07-2013, 04:02 PM
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Smrobs is right. Abscesses who blow out on the front part of the hoof do so at the coronary band and this crack grows down. If horse is not lame anymore, nothing to worry about, provided it is up to date with vaccine for tetanus.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-07-2013, 04:05 PM
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I second a hoof abscess :) Those things can be sneaky. It most likely blew out the coronary band and has grown down to where it is now. Both of my boys blew abscesses and never showed symptoms of it besides a small crack half way down their hooves by the time I saw it. It can be easily hidden by dirt and such. If she is still limping, then there may be something else wrong. Perhaps another abscess forming? I'd have your farrier/vet check it out if her offness persists.

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In my experience with race horses, I have seen these horizontal cracks a lot. It was due to them jumping on themselves and it's just growing out. I haven't seen any lameness from them. Is there an increased pulse on the artery on the fetlock or heat on the hoof?
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