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    06-15-2008, 04:04 PM
Green Broke
Split Hoof?

Well, one of the horse's my trainer rescued has a hoof that is split in two. It doesn't bother the horse at all, and he just flies around the pasture as fast as he can. I think the vet has looked at it, but didn't do anything about it. I'll try to get pictures as soon as I can.

Is this something we should be doing something about still?
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    06-15-2008, 04:14 PM
Get him trimmed, a good barefoot trim with a strong bevel will alleviate the forces that keep splitting the hoof (unless there's scar tissue at the hairline, then it will always be split, but as long as the horse is not limping it's okay, just need to be sure to stay up on the trims) . Once the "splitting" force is gone, the crack will start to grow out. If it's up to the hairline, your looking at least a year for the whole crack to grow out, but if he's not limping, he's quit usuable, physically. (who knows about his training/personatlity!)

Since he's a rescue, if there is any worm/nutrition issues, fixing that will also help his hoof heal.

Somtimes a chronic crack can indicate a fungal infection (white line disease, anyone?) but before you treat for it, try the trims for a couple of months. Then if it persists, wtih no sign of improvement ,treat accordingly for infection.
    06-15-2008, 04:22 PM
I say get the farrier out there & get a trim. ;)
    06-15-2008, 04:39 PM
Green Broke
I'm pretty sure it goes all the way up and all ready has scar tissue.... I think the injury is years old..... my trainer said he's going to get him out and give him a good trim as soon as he can (we lost most of the barn in a tornado) and I'm not sure how that will end because the poor guy was abused and now is really scared and broncy.....
    06-15-2008, 04:43 PM
Well, I don't envy the farrier that's getting the call. LOL Well, as long as he's not acting like it hurts and it gets looked after. Lucky he's found someone to get a farrier out.
    06-15-2008, 04:47 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by barefoothooves
Well, I don't envy the farrier that's getting the call. LOL Well, as long as he's not acting like it hurts and it gets looked after. Lucky he's found someone to get a farrier out.
actually he does the trimming.... he's not a farrier but he's been doing barefoot cuts his whole life
    06-15-2008, 07:46 PM
Glad he's going to be taken care of, keep us posted. :)

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