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post #1 of 4 Old 07-29-2010, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Horse cracked hoof?


Alright guys, my friends gelding cracked his hoof so he has to get a shoe placed on and get that all fixed up, but she was wondering how long she needs to take off riding? I mean its not like a BIG crack through the hoof. Just the outside of the hoof is cracked somehow, like a capital T but not that big. Someone saw the hoof and said it could be up to 6 months? Is that correct? Also, if the gelding does not get the shoe will he go lame?

Thanks guys, I will be sure to send my friend these responses and if you have any questions I will ask her asap! Thank you!
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-29-2010, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Forgot to add, it's one of the back hooves.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-29-2010, 01:58 AM
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Originally Posted by ThinkingOfRiding View Post
Forgot to add, it's one of the back hooves.
Depends on the type of crack and location; if the crack is deep, or there is lameness, he may need corrective shoeing and time off. If the crack is at the top of the coronet, it could be caused by a hoof abscess which requires treatment and rest. But if the crack is superficial, the farrier should be able to rasp to stop the crack and advise you if you can ride.

The outer part of the hoof is dead tissue therefore you can't "heal" a crack. Your farrier can stop the crack from getting worse and once it is controlled, the damage will grow out at a rate of between 7mm and 10mm a month. Be careful about what you put on the hoof - some stuff can cause more harm than good - if you use anything, stick with something natural that keeps the hoof in moisture balance since this will help the hoof flexibility and thereby preventing crack from getting worst.

It is important to determine the root cause of crack so you can prevent. Hoof health can be addressed by a good diet and supplements to encourage good hoof growth.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-29-2010, 02:15 AM
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We had 1 horse prone to cracks and were able to get them under control by 1) trimming hoof, rasping crack & treating with grape balm hoof healer (which contains no chemicals) 2) feeding hoof check supplement (which contains biotin and other healthy minerals). Once healed we were able to stop the hoof healer but continued with hoof check and are happy to report we have no more cracks.
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