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    09-20-2012, 07:39 PM
I don't have any pictures, but I'll try to describe it. You can't scrape it off. It's super scaly and flaky. And when I looked closer (image me with my nose 1" from his foot praying he remembers I'm down there) I realized that...okay this may get confusing as I try to explain haha... the line between the white ring at the top of the foot and the rest of the hoof is actually all chipped. The black top layer of the hoof is chipped away around the top of each foot. If that makes sense? So like, if you were to chip just the enamel off a tooth. That's what it's like. And where that's happening, it's white. It's the top 3/4" or so on each foot. I'm kind of worried.....
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    09-20-2012, 07:41 PM
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    09-20-2012, 07:44 PM
Sounds to me like periople, but really ask your farrier - without pictures there's no way to honestly know. Google Periople hoof hooves to see what it looks like and compare
    09-20-2012, 07:50 PM
Okay, I think you can kinda see it in this picture. See how it's like chipped away?
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    09-20-2012, 07:54 PM
The footing your horse spends most of his time on has a lot to do with how often it needs a trim. If he's out in a gravelly rocky area, he'll develop good hard hooves that will self trim and not need to be farrier trimmed as often as the horse that stands in a stall half his day. Even riding in sand can help the hoof self trim. If you examine his hooves too closely it will take hold of you. The farrier does look at the hooves even when you might think he isn't. Don't spend money on topicals even tho tons of them are sold. It has to come from the inside.
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    09-20-2012, 07:54 PM
I googled it a little but it doesn't really look like the pictures I've found. They all showed it like, on top of the hoof wall, but this is like, the outer layer of the hoof wall is missing, chipped away.
    09-20-2012, 07:59 PM
It looks to me like your farrier has cleaned off the periople and there's just soft hoof under it. I could be wrong I'm NOT and expert on this, it could be nutrition. If you're concerned look for either a good hoof supplement or Brewer's yeast - they won't hurt.
    09-20-2012, 08:12 PM
Okay, thanks for your help! I've never seen this on any of my horses, so it kind of freaked me out.
    09-20-2012, 08:15 PM
There dosnt look to be any issue, that happens to the coronary band with temperature/weather changes.

I trim my horses whenever I see fit, usually every 4 weeks for my appaloosa and probably 6 for my QH/Belgian. I prefer to trim little, more often because it keeps the hoof wall nice and tight and prevents any fungus or bacteria from invading the white line.
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    09-21-2012, 12:14 AM
Originally Posted by ShannonSevenfold    
I tend to disagree though that 1/4 of an inch is well overdue. That's hardly anything at all.
Firstly, I said 'due'(I hope) & I do agree with others that it depends on environment, state of feet, etc, as to whether that much growth should be classed as 'overdue'. Eg. If he lives on soft ground, that's not generally bad at all. But interested why exactly you disagree & think of it as 'hardly anything'?

From experience of various & sundry hoof problems, if only people kept their horse's feet well maintained(as opposed to the more normal allowing them to overgrow substantially before having to get the farrier to 'correct' them), there would be so many fewer hoof issues. Mechanics isn't everything by far, but it is a major 'ingredient' in healthy, sound hooves. I also find that when addressing problems, it's important to manage them to avoid much overgrowth at all, or else it tends to be two steps forward, one step back every visit.

Re: the crack - he said it was a surface crack so it likely will not spread but to just keep an eye on it.
Is that it, showing in the toe of that pic? Yes, it is a bit different when they're superficial & no big stress at all. I find these type often perpetuate though, just because there's a bit of infection underneath that's eating the healthy tissue as it grows. Therefore I'd probably dig it out a bit with a hoof knife to uncover the infection & enable it to be treated - probably just a spray with t-tree for a few days or such is all it will need. Oh I also agree that the white area in the pic is likely just periople material & no worries. Has it been wet in your area? Like our skin, theirs tends to go whiter when soaked.

The hoof pictured does look like it has some (hopefully minor at this stage) issues to be dealt with, looking at the dished quarter walls & the horizontal rings, although obviously with only one pic & that angle, doesn't give away much. If you would like opinions on his feet, check out the link below for tips on critique pix. For now I'd look into diet & nutrition as it relates to feet and look into 'low grade' or 'sub clinical' laminitis. (Don't stress about that last word BTW!)

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