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post #1 of 11 Old 09-08-2012, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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need advice on cracked hoof

So the new horses I have, have never had any hoof care. The previous owner told me "a good, healthy horse can take care of their own feet". I'm working with them right now on just trying to pick up their feet. On Dakota's right rear, I've discoverd an old crack, but it looks like it goes all the way up, like it may have been an injury. Right now it has broken off at that old crack line. Is this something that is going to continue to happen? Will he need shoes to keep this from happening? Right now I am trying to schedule the vet & the farrier to come out at the same time so I can have them sedated to get the feet done ASAP
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-08-2012, 02:44 PM
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Hmmm that's gone way past the coronet band and actually looks like it's an old injury. If so, it probably will continue to grow with a crack in it but chat with your farrier and see if there's anything that can keep the hoof from further damage. Star has one, not as bad as it just tips the coronet, and the farrier put a small metal plate over it to bridge the crack and keep it together.Hoof remained sound to ride on, has now grown out but due to the coronet being affected there's still a shallow groove in it when it grows.

You may have to consider shoeing if the farrier recommends, so that bits don't constantly chip off around the end like has happened here. Is there any reason why you'd like to avoid shoeing? For safety reasons I prefer unshod if the horse gets a lot of turnout but if it's the only way to get and keep it sound it probably should be considered.
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I have never had a horse that's had to have shoes. My old appy mare have iron feet & hardly had to be trimed. Cost wise, if they don't need they, I'd like to avoid it. If the farrier says he needs them, he will get them. He does have a fairly big scar on that leg on the inside of the hock. The other 3 feet I'm making good progress with picking up, but that one, he will kick when I try to pick it up

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A shorter time frame for trimming and a good bevel around the edge will stop that from splitting and breaking off as it did. It is a defect in the coronary and will always be there so just needs to be trimmed properly to maintain it. It can get worse with poor trimming practices or letting them grow too long in between however.

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The previous owner told me "a good, healthy horse can take care of their own feet".
So, glad she sold you the unhealthy one then! If the crack has any infection present, it will need cleaning out/treating as well, which if resected will need a brace across it, as Evil described. Otherwise good management of the mechanics with frequent trimming should allow it to grow out. Considering it's through the coronet, there will always be a 'fault line' but the crack can generally be gotten rid of.
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That one likely will never get better than it is. You can see that the horse had a pretty deep cut through the coronary and it is growing that way form the top. Manage leverage force from the bottom and keep any white line issues at bay and itll be fine.

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Thanks for the advice everybody. They were given to me by somebody that can't afford to keep them anymore & I just want to do the best I can for them

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-09-2012, 09:47 AM
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My fiancÚ has a horse that's hoof is the same way. It is an old injury, and he has to keep shoes on her so that part of her hoof will grow evenly with the rest of the hoof. I think when we met he didn't have shoes on her and it was starting to flare out and chip a lot. Our farrier formed it back within a couple clippings and sets of shoes.
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My mare has a similar injury. We keep clip shoes on her during the riding season. The shoes also help with all the leg stamping she does due to the flies in the summer months. The clip shoes keep the crack from splitting further. We also added biotin (Horse Shoers' Secret) to her diet 2 times a day and it really helped
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Ditto that looks like an old injury.

One of my horses had a scar like that when I bought him six years ago and he still has it. He's been barefoot five years. It's never caused him problems but his trims never go past four weeks and I can't ride anymore elst I would either boot him or put shoes back on him.

It has always been closed and never caused him problems but the Seller told me their dominant Bee-atch of a mare ran him thru the fence when they first brought him home.

And yes, since the old owner thought "horses hooves will take care of themelves", I am also glad you have him. Good luck in the rehab

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