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post #1 of 10 Old 07-29-2010, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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How serious is the crack in this horse's hoof?

I went to look at an 11 year old Shire/Morgan the other day. I'm currently looking for a reasonably quiet trail horse for my boyfriend to ride and this guy fit the bill perfectly.. Except for one thing. The first thing I noticed when I looked at him was an ugly crack in his hoof that extended all the way down from his coronet band to the tip of the hoof. It looks like it started as an injury to the coronet band, perhaps? The owner said that he'd never been lame on that foot and that he's had that crack since she bought him as a 4 year old and that its never given him any trouble. She also gave me her farrier's number, who I've called, but is going to call me back after he's finished this morning yet. He is a barefoot farrier. She said that he also said its really just ugly to look at, but won't cause any trouble and that he thinks it would go away with some intensive work.

When I rode this gelding, he didn't appear lame at all, not even on the gravel. Of course there's always the question of bute or another painkiller having been administered, but I did show up an hour early unannounced.

I was just wondering if anyone had experienced anything like this crack and what can I expect to put into having it fixed or controlled. If I do seriously consider this horse, of course I intend to have my own farrier and a vet out to see him, but I just want to get a ballpark of what to expect before I run ahead with all of that. If this crack is something that might easily be controlled or even fixed, I don't want to rule him out.

Here's a few pictures. So what do you guys think?

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-29-2010, 11:18 AM
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It looks bad in the front pictures but then when you look in the hoof, it doesn't seem to have traveled that far. I would assume as you did and say he had an injury in the coronet that just stayed. But I would definately have my own vet and farrier look, just to be safe..
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-29-2010, 11:21 AM
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It looks more like an injury to the hoof at the coronet band, than an actual crack. I can see it doesn't go through the entire hoof wall.

My once in a lifetime had an injury to his coronet band as a 4 y/o, and his hoof grew with a ridge in it similar to that the rest of his life.

He never wore shoes, and was never lame or ouchy on that foot his entire life.

Of course get a PPE done and advice from your farrier, but it looks more like a flaw related to an injury than anything else.
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The second photo its looks to have quite the gap from the bottom to the middle but the third photo you wouldnt even know there was a crack . I would ask a farrier to come with you or ask a farrier to look at these photos and they can determine if its fixable or not . It doesnt look that bad I have seen one way worse and it took no time to fix it . Having the farrier out would be well worth your time and money or else you may get this horse and the horse could be useless and youd need to put even more money into getting the hoof fixed.

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post #5 of 10 Old 07-30-2010, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your input. I definitely plan to have my own farrier look into it if I were to buy him.. Would getting x-rays done be overkill? I talked to a girl who leased him for a month and she said he was never lame or anything on that foot (she didn't really care for the horse's owner, so I'm sure she wasn't speaking in her favor), but that she never really looked into going any further with fixing it. I'm looking at spending $800 on him, but I don't want to kill myself fixing this.

Speed Racer, did you ever try to correct the ridge in that 4 year old horses hoof or did you let it go since it wasn't causing any problems?
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-30-2010, 10:16 AM
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When you have the vet there doing the Prepurchase exam you can ask if they feel X-rays are necessary.

Can you send the photos to your farrier to get an initial opinion?
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-30-2010, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Actually, I've just emailed the pictures to him, so hopefully he will be getting back to me in short order. I also had my grandpa look at them. He is a cattle hoof trimmer, so although it isn't horses, he still has extensive experience with hooves. He said that he believes that gravel entered the hoof and caused an infection that burst out at the coronet band which is what caused the crack. He said that it should probably be well-controlled by regular trimming, but that he didn't think it would ever completely go away.

I will be sure to ask about x-rays.
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well its definitely superficial and i agree with you grandpa, it looks like its gravel.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-01-2010, 03:33 AM
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More of the same. It looks bad from the top, but doesn't look like its all the way through the hoof wall on the last pict. Still I would get the vet & your farrier's opinion.

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-02-2010, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the additional input. Yes, I'll certainly have my farrier and vet out to look at him. I've spoken with his current farrier and he said its really just like any blemish related to an injury, and that regular trimming and keeping the toe rounded (like it is) will prevent any problems. My farrier said essentially the same thing after looking at the pictures. And as a conventional farrier, he also recommended shoes with clips.
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