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post #1 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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Splitting & Cracking hoofs

My horses two front hoofs are splitting & cracking..I'm wondering how i can fix it & what is causing them to do so..

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 05:29 AM
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Besides the cracking I can say that his hooves look improperly trimmed. They are way too long for starters.

Anywhooo... my horse had similar cracks. I switched from a "cheap" farrier to a therapeutic farrier and my horses feet are looking 100% better. He said proper nutrition will cause the cracks to go away because the hoof will be healthier. My horse is getting fed properly so we decided to put him on Poly Zinc and Poly Copper. His feet are looking much much healthier. No more cracks!

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post #3 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 07:25 AM
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Those feet are wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too long. Thats whats causing the splitting and cracking. Yikes.

Get your farrier out asap! You may need to be put on a every 4 or 5 week schedule.

When was the last time they were done?
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 05:35 PM
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Oh boy...That horse is very, very overdue to see the farrier. You'll have to start by getting him on a great deal shorter schedule. In the summer, 5 to 7 weeks is max for most horses. When you see the clinch nails starting to loosen or the walls growing over the sides, its TIME.

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How long's it been since last farrier visit? How long does he usually go between visits? Looks like there is probably more going on there than lack of care, but some pics fresh after a trim will give us more to go on & allow us to give you more specific info. To give you a (very)rough idea, the line I've drawn shows how much is likely excess hoof, so long as there aren't too serious pathological changes.
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 10:09 PM
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Looks like a 12 week old job.

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post #7 of 11 Old 08-11-2012, 07:34 AM
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Ditto everyone.

If money is an issue and you can't afford resets in the appropriate amount of time, get the shoes off him and let him go barefoot. Love Him, I don't even know how he's holding a shoe on.

He still needs his hooves trimmed steadily, according to his growth rate, but trims are cheaper than re-sets; even if that means no riding, Which, I hope he's not being ridden with his hooves looking like that
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-11-2012, 08:40 AM
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Wow, I have never seen a horse with hooves that long. Ever.
Ditto to what everyone else said: Start by calling a therapeutic farrier immediately and putting your horse on a dietary supplement to help repair hooves from 'the inside out'
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-11-2012, 08:59 AM
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This is my horse at 7 weeks after shoeing, and he was long.
The farrier took off about a half inch.

Your horse looks at least double that if not more.

regular trimming will do a lot for your horse's hooves.
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-11-2012, 09:03 AM
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This reminds me of a lady I know who has only had her horses hooves done twice since January and asked me should she put shoes on her. Uh no if you can't afford $15 dollar trims every 6 to 8 weeks how are you going to afford getting resets done. Shoes don't stop the hoof from growing. I recommended hoof boots.

I'd have the farrier pull those shoes and go barefoot and purchase some boots for possible tenderfooted issues.

I know so many people who do not take care of their horses hooves and it is one of my pet peeves. All of my horses are barefoot and they get regular trims and I've never had a single lame horse.

Sorry if it comes off preachy but without their feet horses can't make it.
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