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?