08-23-2013, 07:56 AM
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Time of year & stomping flies does not cause cracking but if hooves are compromised, environment soggy or such, probs can be exacerbated by stomping or such. I'm gathering if flies are an issue, August is summer in your parts? Hooves are built for dry environments & so unless in tropics, should be the better time for hoof health, rather than wet weather/ground.
If hooves are cracking, imbalanced &/or infrequent enough trims may be the cause, infection, &/or diet/nutrition/metabolic probs. If hooves have the appearance of being 'too dry' then diet/nutrition are generally a big part. Feeding hooves from the inside is helpful, while painting stuff on the dead outer layer is not, & can do more harm by encouraging further infection.