Quarter Cracks Both Fronts (Need Help Once Again)

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        11-17-2013, 09:23 PM
    Quarter Cracks Both Fronts (Need Help Once Again)

    These quarter cracks just appearded today noticed this morning when I did boots and pads. Right front is worse then left front. Plus he popped an abcess on right front at cornet band. Crack doesnt show on the sole side of hoof.

    First picture was when I posted on the 12th of this month asking for help. Are boots causing issues? He's been in them well for a long time. Getting casting but that wont be here till wednesday. Its back to wet and soggy but I have him so he has acess to a dry shelter,thats bedded in saw dust.
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        11-18-2013, 02:17 PM
    Funny, the 2 last pictures look like padding underneath?

    If those cracks are deep and not just surface, it's usually a sign of some imbalance somewhere. Possibly caused by heels that are run forward, and softening of the hooves from the wet. You may have to wait this out till you have more to trim. If it's caused by these things, it probably started prior to your last trims and hadn't been thru the outer wall yet.

    If that's some kind of padding/plastic under the feet on the last 2 pics, it may have caused more pressure at the points of the crack.

    Life always has to be between a rock and a hard place. : )
        11-18-2013, 03:33 PM
    PFB yes the cracks are deep one bled a little no he's not standing on padding.
    Yes this horse has just got to keep me hopping I tell you.hasn't been a dull moment for a few months now.

    Don't think the wet is helping although it froze up today so not wet now.
        11-18-2013, 08:04 PM
    Are they more like horizontal cracks? I'm sorry they bled. It looks like maybe they are cracking along a line that looks like a change in diet or weather. Maybe he had a laminitic episode there, or for some other reason , at that time, the hoof put out weaker wall at that growth line , and a bit of imbalance and wet weather all had a part in it.
        11-18-2013, 08:23 PM
    Yes they are cracking horizontal both are cracked where there is a ring from laminitis or whatever. All I know is this hoof saga thing could end right now. Iam sure weather maybe had something to do with it,also might be his hoofs are weak from past poor farrier work....i don't know that's why iam on here asking for help.

    You have no clue to the frustration of it then add in I don't have a GOOD farrier. Iam on my own trying to do his feet and hope iam doing it right. I spend hours and hours reading about hoofs and trimming. Way I figure it if I screw up and make him lame at least iam not paying for it,like I did this spring 90 dollars for a horse who could barely walk the next day.
        11-18-2013, 08:31 PM
    Green Broke
    Hmmm.. I would say the wetness caused this. Try some betadine or iodine to help it dry.
    Put some on that popped abcess also, again probably caused by the wet condition.
    Maybe he is standing in where he pees , I have two geldings that had problems this time
    With abscess both on the front, one is a pen one is on a pasture. None of the horses had problems.
    I would not be trimming any more off those hooves until they grow out .
        11-18-2013, 09:29 PM
    He doesn't pee in the run in shelter its dry in there. He's been standing in the shelter a lot here. Plus he's wearing boots 24 hours a day only off to clean hoofs and boots 2 times a day.

    Iam keeping cracks and abcess hole clean did deluted iodine now iam just keeping it clean.
        11-18-2013, 09:51 PM
    Hard to know - pics show nothing much. But I'm thinking it's a wall breakdown at the point of his last bad 'episode' and the heels are where the walls are under most stress ATM. I don't think boots have anything to do with it, but now they're open, infection is a very real concern that you'll need to keep on top of.
        11-18-2013, 10:04 PM
    Originally Posted by loosie    
    Hard to know - pics show nothing much. But I'm thinking it's a wall breakdown at the point of his last bad 'episode' and the heels are where the walls are under most stress ATM. I don't think boots have anything to do with it, but now they're open, infection is a very real concern that you'll need to keep on top of.
    Is there a way to releive the stress on his heels? Or is that just going to make matters worse? Yes iam on top of keeping his hoofs clean and dry.My whole day is comsumed with his care.
        11-19-2013, 07:39 AM
    Is this the same horse that had 9 abscesses dug out by the vet back in August?

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