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  • Hoof cracks when shoes are put on
  • Can shoes be put on horse if hoof is chipped

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    07-26-2012, 07:29 AM
should I have shoes put on?

My horse has chipped up fronts I assume from the dry weather and stomping of flys. They are worse than I have ever seen them. His left front has developed a crack about an inch long. I have looked on some other posts and now realize it could be from bad trim or nutritional deficiences,
Farrier comes tomorrow and I was planning on him putting shoes on his fronts only if it would help heal the crack. Good or bad idea? He does have hoof boots but because of the flair his left front has it doesn't fit. Later tonight I could post pix if you think it would help. Basically just want to know if shoes might stop the crack from growing. Thank you!
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    07-26-2012, 07:39 AM
Talk to your farrier.

We have had really dry, hot hot hot weeks here. Its taken its toll on our horses hooves. One mare had a big chunk break off and required shoes. Another mare has chips coming off, a few sand cracks, but she's not lame. Farrier said she looks ok, but I will probably shoe her if they keep breaking off. I don't like the looks of it.
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