Large Crack in hoof wall- help please!

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    06-04-2012, 01:32 PM
Large Crack in hoof wall- help please!

I just noticed yesterday that Flash has a long crack on the side of one of his back feet which wasn't there the other day. It goes from the bottom, to about halfway up the hoof wall.
I have been trying to get ahold of my farrier all day, but am not having any luck. I'll get some pictures today, but I'm worried about my boy and hope the farrier calls back soon.
Is there anything I can do while I wait for the farrier?
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    06-04-2012, 09:19 PM
If he's shod, I'd take the shoe off, but otherwise, don't stress & it should be fine to wait for the farrier.

It does sound like a serious crack to happen all of a sudden though & if it did indeed only happen in the last few days, unless it's an accident & he's actually sliced his hoof on something, it's likely indicative of some underlying issue. Some more info, along with the pics would be helpful, including how long between trims, management, diet...
    06-05-2012, 06:52 AM
Thanks for the information. I managed to get ahold of the farrier later yesterday, and she's comming out this morning to take a look. She said that she's been seeing a lot of this due to the constant changes in weather lately. He had another crack taken out a few weeks ago in the front on one of his front feet. He is on a 5 week trim schedule, but we've bumped him up to every four weeks for a few months when we noticed the first crack, just to be on the safe side.
He is barefoot, and this weekend was the first time I took him out of a gravel road(he's usually in the sand area) so I think that may have something to do with it. I'm going to talk to the farrier about measuring him for boots as we'll be going out of the trails this year. I got a picture last night, but didn't have a chance to upload it. I'll do that tonight and let you know what the farrier said. She didn't seem too worried, said its most likely just a surface crack and not into the inner wall, but I worry about my boy. He's never gotten cracks before this.
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    06-05-2012, 06:54 AM
Oh, and he gets hay and Carb Guide by Blueseal along with flaxseed and a bit of grass that's in his paddock. The feed is a low starch, low sugar feed and he's at a good weight. His paddock does have quite a few stones in it, so maybe that has been contributing?
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    06-05-2012, 08:45 PM
Check out my signature link for tips on pictures. I think more than one is necessary if you want opinions on the state of his feet.
    06-06-2012, 05:19 AM
So the farrier came out and said its just superficial and that it looks like he cracked it on a rock. It was the first time I've had him on gravel, so I guess he might need a little more protection. We're going to measure him for boots and she said that will keep it from happening again.
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    06-06-2012, 06:09 AM
Take a look at his diet too. A healthy hoof will flex with pressure, not crack under pressure. If there is cracking I'd look at his trim schedule, his diet, and his environment. They all factor in.

Some cracking is normal but this sounds a bit strange.
    06-06-2012, 06:21 AM
Originally Posted by gothicangel69    
So the farrier came out and said its just superficial and that it looks like he cracked it on a rock. It was the first time I've had him on gravel, so I guess he might need a little more protection.
Hmm, "from the bottom, to about halfway up the hoof wall." doesn't sound superficial. I don't believe it's likely to be just about lack of conditioning if he did it on a rock either. Yes, the weather may well play a big part, if he's been on wet footing for some time. Also damp conditions followed by warm & dry can provide a fantastic environment for growing infections. Yes, think hoof protection sounds like a good move for starters.
    06-06-2012, 08:26 AM
The farrier said that the crack was only on the outer wall, and that is was not deep at all, just long. She filed it down and smoothed it out so you can barely tell its even there anymore. My farrier also knows a ton about horse nutrition, and does clinics on it occasionally. His diet has been looked over my her to the T- which is why we switched him to the Carb Guard as its supposed to be low in sugar and starch and has added biotin, which she said will help his feet. His feet were quite bad when I got him last year, and have come a long way.
I did have another farrier trim him two trims ago as my normal farrier couldn't make it out due to a family emergency. After that is when the first crack in his front started. Before that, I had never had a problem with them chipping or cracking. I know now not to let anyone but my farrier touch his feet from now on unless she recommends them (she doesn't do shoes, but knows someone who does a wonderful job in case something happens where he needs them). Sorry I havn't posted pictures yet- been a crazy week.
I'll try to get some posted tonight as it might help me get more information.
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    06-06-2012, 08:27 AM
Oh, and the weather here keeps going from super wet to super dry, which apparently isn't helping. We try to keep them inside when it gets too wet, so they're not standing in mud and water all day.
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