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post #1 of 6 Old 08-26-2012, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Chipped hooves

Our 7 year old pony has chippes in her hooves. The farrier was just out 4 weeks ago and said that she wouldn't need to be trimmed again for at least 6 to 8 weeks. He said that her hooves looked great. Now after only 4 weeks her hooves are chipped and have small crackes in the tips. It doesn't seem to bother Daisy at all, we have kept the same diet for her as her prior owner, so their have been no changes. Should I be concerned, and what can I do for her? Also she is on a cement floor in the barn but it has a covering on it.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-26-2012, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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the cement is smooth and not chipped up at all. Couls the farrier have cut them, too short? Any info will be greatly appreciated, Thank you
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You will probably get WAY different answers than I give. My horses almost always have chips and small cracks in their hooves. How dry or wet is it there? Moisture or lack of moisture will affect the hooves a great deal. If you look at a horse in the wild....true wild, not just pasture buddy....they chip their hooves off naturally which is how they stay trimmed. It doesn't LOOK nice or pretty, but it's pretty natural. What is the cement covered with? If it's just bedding, then the cement can cause some chipping too. I've never known chipping to be a result of trimming too short....although I could be wrong on that one. If she isn't lame or favoring her feet a lot, I personally wouldn't worry about it.
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^^^^ I agree. All our mares are barefoot and depending on the weather, the terrain, and the amount of riding they start getting chips and small cracks all the time in between trims. In general, they are only cosmetic and don't affect anything.
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Hi,

As per what others have said, can depend on a number of factors & while it may not look so pretty, it's also not *necessarily* a problem at all. Diet/nutrition play huge parts in hoof health, so you may want to tell us what she's fed, more info on other management aspects & post hoof pics(see link below) for more specific opinions.

If your farrier has never seen this pony before, I would not take his word for it about 6-8 weeks. 6 weeks is an average, & depends on time of year, etc as to how fast they grow, but many horses need more frequent trims than that. Chipping, esp with cracking, is often an indication of hooves being a bit too long.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-27-2012, 02:29 PM
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I'm with the others- a little chipping is normal and not something to be concerned about. You can get a rasp and ask your farrier to show you how to touch up the hooves between visits to keep them looking nice.

Does the cement floor have thick rubber mats over it? If not, she could also be chipping her hooves while stomping at flies.
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