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post #11 of 13 Old 04-22-2011, 06:43 PM
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We fought for nearly 3 years with a pony who had a large crack in his foot. Niether my farrier nor I wanted to resort to shoes (mainly because shoes are expensive and the pony was fully retired and sound). My farrier tried everything but the crack just wouldnt grow out. It didnt get any worse but it didnt geet any better.

Gave up in the end and shoved a pair of shoes on him. Hey presto problem fixed in 6 months, shoes came back off and never had a problem since

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post #12 of 13 Old 04-22-2011, 07:07 PM
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My horse had some pretty bad cracks, they didn't affect his soundness, but were very unsightly. We put shoes all the way around on him, 1), because he needed them for the hard ground, and how much riding I was doing, and 2), to help the cracks. One was pretty bad looking, at least a cm wide, but was only superficial. And he had a ton of stress cracks on every foot. 2 years going, and he has NONE. He gets his shoes off in winter though. Hopefully you can manage without shoes, but they do help, so I wouldn't completely knock it out of consideration.
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post #13 of 13 Old 04-22-2011, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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ok thanks for all the insight everyone :) it's so hard for me to make this decision as a 'mommy' so i'm considering everything. i want to do whatever it takes to heal him.
PS he's sound and everything. The cracks don't affect his gait or walking.
Thanks again for all the insight keep it coming!

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