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post #1 of 13 Old 04-22-2011, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Will a shoe help or hurt this hoof crack?

My horse has a large vertical crack. My dad's friend who does farrier work is wanting to trim it down and put a shoe on the front feet and put sealer in. He says it will keep pressure off of it or something. I really don't like the idea of this because he's never had shoes and i've read alot that shoes weaken the feet and reduce blood flow and that kind of thing. I really don't want someone shoeing him if he can heal completely naturally and I hate not having control over what they do to him, is this shoe nessicary? If not im telling him not to do it if he will listen.

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post #2 of 13 Old 04-22-2011, 04:54 PM
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Pictures please?
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post #3 of 13 Old 04-22-2011, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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don't have any, can't get any. I can say that it starts about a third of the way from the toe. He's a pony.

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post #4 of 13 Old 04-22-2011, 04:57 PM
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So its not up to the coronary band? Do you know if it is a surface crack or is it in the wall of the hoof?
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no it's not near the coronary band but it's in the wall. It hasn't gotten into the 'quick'

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Taking the pressure off the crack and filing a horizontal line above the crack should stop the crack from going further up. Beveling the point of the crack will put the pressure elsewhere and help take the pressure off that crack.
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post #7 of 13 Old 04-22-2011, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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ok so your saying he does need a shoe to take the pressure off?

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post #8 of 13 Old 04-22-2011, 05:18 PM
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No. I don't think he needs shoes. I'm saying that you can have the farrier rasp a bevel at the point on the toe where the crack starts. Bringing that point off the ground which takes the pressure of a surface he walks on. And where the crack ends rasp a horizontal line above it to stop the crack from reaching the coronary band. How is this horse ridden?
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post #9 of 13 Old 04-22-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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oooo ok! That's what I had originally thought that all it would need was trimming and rasping to get pressure off. Oh and he isn't ridden at all, I do leadline stuff with him and groundwork.
When we got him my parents said he was my responsibility so decisions were up to me so i'm trying to make the best decision.

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post #10 of 13 Old 04-22-2011, 05:25 PM
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Let me know how it goes.
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