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    11-29-2011, 05:50 PM
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Hello, I purchase a 2 year old QH gelding last week and now see that he has a crack in his hoof.. It doesn't cause him to limp, and I can't see that he is favors it at all...My Question is: Is there something I can do to help it heal? Please let me know.. Thank you

P.s. It is his front right hoof(if that helps at all)
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    11-29-2011, 08:06 PM
That foot looks like a club foot- you should definitely consult your farrier as to what kind of special care he might need for it (as well as the crack!)
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    11-29-2011, 08:14 PM
Originally Posted by verona1016    
That foot looks like a club foot- you should definitely consult your farrier as to what kind of special care he might need for it (as well as the crack!)
What is a club foot? We are going to get a farrier our here soon, but in the meantime, do you know of anything that I can do to help it? Thank you! =)
    11-29-2011, 08:24 PM
It'll just grow out, just keep a regular trim schedule.
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    11-30-2011, 02:30 AM
I think technically a club foot is when one hoof is at a steeper angle than the other. This webpage can give you a more thorough discussion, plus some illustrations -> NANRIC INC - How to Treat Club Feet

Looking at the hoof, you can see a very distinct point about 1/3 of the way down the hoof wall where the angle changes as it flares out. If the horse is standing square on that foot, then the angle it's growing out at the coronet band is way too steep and that's why I suspect it's a club foot. It's also possible the horse is resting that foot on the toe, in which case it could be simply a case of major flaring, which would probably be easier to correct with good trimming.
    11-30-2011, 11:45 AM
Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    
What is a club foot? We are going to get a farrier our here soon, but in the meantime, do you know of anything that I can do to help it? Thank you! =)

It is a club and probably a grade 3.

Definitions of a club foot vary but there is general concensus that a club foot presents a dorsal wall angle, with respect to ground horizontal, that is equal to or in excess of 60 degrees. The "dishy" (distortion) wall of this horse makes measuring specific angles difficult and frankly, unimportant. The first 3/4" of growth from the hairline tells the story.

The most important thing you can do is acquire a set of quality radiographs. Your farrier will use those radiographs to identify the correct mechanics for this horse.

Be prepared to see distinct remodeling of the coffin bone on this horse. There will almost certainly be "lipping" of the solar margin of the coffin bone and probably very little sole depth in the anterior region of the foot. Whatever remodeling (damage) has already been done to the coffin bone is permanent and cannot be corrected. It becomes a matter of management at this point.

Horses like this are high risk for solar bruising and sub-solar abscesses. Longer term problems include articular arthritis of the distal interphalangeal joint and continued demineralization of the coffin bone. Such horses are generally very poor candidates for a barefoot protocol.

The cracking appears to be a combination of things. Probably an old abscess which created the horizontal crack with hoof capsule distortion contributing to the vertical crack. A correctly fitted set of shoes will help to stabilize the hoof while that crack grows out. Expect 6 to 10 months before all of the wall damage grows out, dependent upon growth rates. Your farrier will want to monitor for any bacterial/fungal intrusion at the area of the crack to avoid potential whiteline disease.

Correct management of this kind of foot is not for the average "backyard shoer". You need a competent farrier who understands how to manage the mechanics of a club footed horse.

Be prepared to spend a bit more than average for managing this horses hoofcare needs. His problem is genetic and will require a "special" shoeing protocol for the rest of his life.

    12-01-2011, 02:12 AM
Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    

We are going to get a farrier our here soon,=)
How long has it been since a farrier has seen the horse?

Foot is a club, crack will grow out and is the least of your worries.
    12-01-2011, 02:59 AM
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It looks to be where an old abcess broke through and drained. I am not sure but you might need to put some shoes on to help prevent it. Is it all the way through or surface? My horse has a surface crack and my farrier scored it so incase it got worse. She's always had it so I just have to maintain it.

Anyways the foot is defiently a club foot. Horses with club feet are best with doing flat work..Jumping would be bad.
    12-01-2011, 06:28 AM
Yeah, a horse belonging to a friend of mine had a very similar crack, he wasnt lame on it either, I think he was just so used to it, but he was a big horse 17hh and the weight of him kept making it spread, definley get your farrier or vet to check it out, my mate got his horses hoof scored and he greased the hoof everyday to make sure it didnt dry out. Itl not fix over night, depending on the condition of your horses feet it could take up to a month or more to be completely healed

Good luck
    12-01-2011, 09:23 AM
Originally Posted by bntnail    
How long has it been since a farrier has seen the horse?

Foot is a club, crack will grow out and is the least of your worries.
The lady we bought him from did his hooves, and it has been about 4 weeks since his hooves got trimmed.. We really can't afford to shoe him so I am looking for advice that does things natural.. Like will putting vaseline on it help? Or adding veg. Oil to his diet? Thank you for all the reply's!

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