I was wondering if you guys could help me with something. Indy has horribly cracked hooves. I don't know how else to describe it except it's really bad. The farrier looked at it and told me that the cracks aren't deep and that it isn't much to be worried about but it looks pretty awful to me. He isn't sore or anything, and it doesn't bother him but I was wondering if there was something I could do. He has been getting Farriers Formula Double Concentrate for about 8 months now and i've seen a bit of improvement, but not much. Some other information: His hooves aren't hot or sensitive to the touch. I am completely forgetting the name of the things that you use to put pressure on different parts of the hoof, but the farrier used one of those and nothing came up. He lives outside 24/7. He is fed 1/2 a bucket of grain twice a day with free choice hay. Grass for 20 minutes to half an hour when I'm there (varies depending on the last time he's had it, if it has been a while we start with five minutes and work back up). Honestly I don't know if any of that was relevant to his cracked hooves but I just thought I'd throw that in.
We have talked about keeping him barefoot as he used to throw his shoes quite often, but the farrier said his hoof walls aren't strong enough. We may try keeping him barefoot in the back this winter and see where it goes from there but I'm not sure.
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Also, yesterday for the first time in a very long time, I heard that "clicking" sound again. When Indy was walking around the arena (just loose by himself) his hind right leg was making a clicking sound. It was loud and deffinately audible. It kind of sounded like when a human's knee cracks (I get that a lot do to an old stress fracture, hopefully you know what I'm talking about!). When he started trotting I could hear it as well but after about half an hour of trotting/cantering/galloping & bucking it went away. When I caught him and walked him over to tack up, the sound was gone and I didn't hear it for the rest of the two hours that I was riding/with him. He was not limping, no abnormal heat or swelling in the leg, no signs of soreness, nothing seemed to be wrong. The barn manager looked at him, a good friend of mine looked at him, nothing seemed to be wrong. The problem with calling out a vet is that it only happens every once in a blue moon. This may be the third time in the year and a half i've had him. Is it something to worry about? He is only five so I had ruled out arthritis but then I was thinking I shouldn't rule that out because you never know. He hasn't ever been sore or lame (knock on wood) aside from the time the farrier put a nail in sideways (long story short, it was pinching a nerve in his hoof). What do you guys think? Should I call the vet out or talk to him when he does his spring shots or just keep an eye on it?
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