What to do about cracks in the hoof?

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    11-18-2012, 08:15 PM
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My farrier came out about 3 weeks ago. My gelding has just gotten 2 cracks in his left front, and a horizontal crack on his right hind. I've called the farrier, but he can't come out for 2 weeks. Does anyone know how to stop the cracks from going any further? The horse is barefoot. I can get pictures by tomorrow. The cracks go about halfway up the hoof.
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    11-18-2012, 08:19 PM
I've been using TuffStuff twice a week on mine and his cracks are deep and go top to bottom, vertically. It has definitely helped but there's little else I can do for him but wait it out. His were brought on by standing in water at his previous home.
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    11-18-2012, 11:52 PM
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Pictures would be quite helpful when you can get them. Depending on what the pictures show, I suspect you'll be able to wait it out until the farrier comes out. I'd avoid taking your horse on rough stony ground until then as this can aggrevate the situation.
    11-19-2012, 12:37 AM
Pete Ramey hoof rehab....lots of info there..
Im not a fan of farriers! Just bought a mare and the farrier cut off her toes, made them square and she is now walking on her soles at the toes. Make me sooo mad.
    11-19-2012, 08:16 PM
^^Spotted, I'm not a 'fan' of *bad* farriers OR trimmers, of which there appear to be an abundance, but you can find good brands too!

Faline, yes, pics would help. See link below.

The horizontal crack is most likely from an old abscess, grown down from the coronary border. The main prob with these is if there is infection(seedy, WLD) underlying, and once they grow down near the bottom, if there is too much mechanical pressure on the area &/or general weakness due to seedy, the part below can break off taking a fair amount of wall with it.

The vertical cracks are due to imbalance/excess force on the walls, likely combined with infection &/or lamellar 'stretching' such as in mild laminitis or such. While they *probably* won't get too much worse in 2 more weeks, if they're already half way up the wall, they would have been evident 2 weeks ago when the farrier came, if only to him - perhaps there was only a hairline crack then that you didn't see. Good, well balanced frequent trimming that relieves the walls from excess force & leverage, especially where already cracked, treatment of any underlying infection, which may include resecting, and good diet & nutrition are measures that can be taken to avoid/treat hoof cracks.
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