Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I've seen better, but it's not that bad. This horse has a LOT of cracks. Looks like he's been in the mud lately, bc that's what causes them to dry out. It's like when you hand wash a bunch of dishes and your hands get really dried out but the time you're done.
IMHO, keep these hooves VERY dry. Clean daily, maybe used a hoof supplement AND some cream or pine tar, or whatever is your favorite hoof dressing to help them heal. Have your farrier determine when to re-shoe, but I would keep him in shoes until about next March. It will take THAT LONG to grow our those cracks. Sorry, but I've seen hoof cracks on MY horses that have to grow out, and it just takes F O R E V E R!!!! Then, you can go barefoot, if you like. =D