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post #11 of 26 Old 02-02-2012, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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I am still a little confused here because to me they look like cracks and out of about 7 horses he is the only one who has them, and this is the first time in the year I have owned him they have looked like that... with that being said I have been giving him bigger rations of his supplements to keep weight on through the winter and the snow keeps coming then melting away so not the best conditions...

I think its hard to judge from the pics but I have someone coming out tomorrow and we will do a close examination to look for any bruising as such.

Getting back to his diet I have probably put about 200 lbs on this guy since I owned him he gets a high protien, high fat, and high fibre supplement. His hoofs are now growing at a alarming rate especially considering its winter, I will have my farrier come out and make a judgement but thanks for the replies I am fairly new to this and the learning just never seems to stop... I was just a bit worried because I read when all of them crack like that it can be bad news depending how deep the cracks are and if its a problem I would want it looked at asap, I was aso worried about the change of angle on mostly the fronts thanks again:).

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post #12 of 26 Old 02-02-2012, 11:50 PM
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I agree. No treatment, just periople growth, probably answering the demand of the ground conditions.
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post #13 of 26 Old 02-03-2012, 06:59 PM
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Telly, you are right there. Feel the "cracks" -- that should give you your answer. If it is soft, rubbery stuff that lifts slightly at the edge where the "crack" is, it's not a crack.
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thanks for all the help he's fine, I had someone out today for a look she said the new will probably be healthier than the old:). I upped his supplements just before it started getting real cold so it's probably that or the environment, either way all is good.
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Yay! Good news is always nice to hear.
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It looks like periople that's flakey and not cracks.

The hooves are quite flared and overdue for a good trim to balance them better.
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I had a mare get that after a wet year . She ended up with a hoof infection, and what appeared to be a condition called seedy toe. It took a while to grow out. I medicated and wrapped her hoof when it broke through to the toe. Hope it heals quickly for you
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Stevenson, I don't think this is the same thing at all. Periople growth has nothing to do with seedy toe.
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He's fine, there was just a short period that it looked rough but it's looking better every day:). Also I will have the farrier out pretty soon for his scheduled trim but it's not a priority at this point, thanks again for the help:).
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The angles of this horses hoof growth has changed. Whether your trimmer has taken on a new method or there was a laminitic episode sometime over the past 4-6 weeks. The duckbill look of the old growth is going to become more obvious over the next couple of months as the new growth comes in. This would be a good time to get started with a really good rehabilitative trim to ensure a tight laminae connection while maintaining a 30* ground parallel coffin bone.

I can see the angle of the hoof is creating some problems with the joint articulation or lets say the way the horse is standing on the leg. If not corrected this causes problems with the joints, synovial fluid and/or arthritis not to mention what it could do to the coffin bone. I'm not trying to be an alarmist but to bring this to your attention. Certainly more pictures of various views would be helpful to be sure any of this is correct.

Metabolic issues are probably part of the source of your problem along with diet. I would not feed this horse Alfalfa as the protein can be too high for some horses. And I'd look very carefully at other food sources to reduce any unnecessary sugar intake.

Grass can also be high in sugar. You can learn more about this at www.safergrass.org

I recommend every owner learn how to trim their horse. It makes you a better horseperson. Pick up the Blackmaster Rasp and 2 F Dick Ascot knives (1 left / 1 right) so that you can begin learning how to do this on your own. You'll be happy you did.

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