08-24-2012, 12:14 AM
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Has she been in a wet environment? Can be a minor fungal thing at the hairline, but I also see it frequently from horses being kept in waterlogged/boggy paddocks.
Yeah, A few good trims & then keeping her feet well maintained should really be all it should take to allow those cracks to grow out. Oh assuming also any infection in the cracks is taken care of.
I don't believe shoes are helpful in this sort of situation, aside from keeping them from looking that bad. Very basically, the major mechanical problem is that the excess flared walls are copping the bulk of the load and the leverage is causing the walls to split. The walls need to be brought back & then relieved of undue strain so they can start growing down well attached. If shod, the cracks will be held together at the base, but the excessive loading on already compromised walls tends to perpetuate the problem. Also harder to manage frequent enough trims to keep a compromised hoof in order if it means resetting shoes every time & harder to open up/clean out the cracks as necessary.