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    04-15-2011, 08:32 AM
Green Broke
Cracks in hooves?

Ok so I'm not very sure about this. I don't have any pictures at the moment. I am getting our farrier out because Apache is due for a trim but he has cracks in his hooves. My other two don't get them generally and if they do occasionally get them its just a minor one on the surface. With apache though three of his feet are fine but his front right (especially lately) seems to always have cracks in it of some sort. At the moment he has one going almost all the way up his hoof, I think it is only a surface one but I don't like it (though I'm always being told I'm overreacting). It doesn't seem to bother him but it always seems to just be that one hoof that looks terrible. It always seems to have cracks up it and it tends to ....(only word I can think of) splay out at the end. He had shoes on his front feet when I first got him because he had "white feet" but my farrier took them off because he said they are unecessary and his last farrier had been putting shoes on that were too small. He has been barefoot ever since. My farrier has been trying to fix his feet but that hoof just looks funky to me. Anyway if that didn't confuse you. I have been told to just put oil on their hooves to stop them from drying out, is there anything else that I can do? His one hoof seems to be the only one that looks kind of bad.
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    04-15-2011, 10:22 AM
Green Broke
Have your farrier show you how to touch up the front feet, to round off the toe so there is less pressure on the ground. That will help the cracks grow out faster, and prevent future cracks.

I would also invest a good hoof supplement, to help his feet grow out faster and stronger. It will take 8-10 months for the hoof wall to totall grow out and be replaced with stronger wall, but it will help. I have had phenomenal results with Source Focus HF. Some horses just need extra help with their feet, just like not all people have great nails.
    04-15-2011, 06:25 PM
Green Broke
Ok thanks I will have a look at that
    04-16-2011, 02:07 AM
My favorite hoof strengthening secret is turpentine :) brush it all over the bottom of the hoof avoiding the frog a couple times a week. It works wonders :)
    04-16-2011, 03:04 AM
Of course you could use shoes that fit correctly! :)
    04-16-2011, 03:07 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by AlexS    
Of course you could use shoes that fit correctly! :)
Yes I was just discussing this this afternoon with my mum and we both think since he is coming back into work we would look into putting shoes on him again. So we have figured we will talk to our farrier and see what he thinks when he comes out since he had shoes on that were too small before and his feet still aren't the best.
    04-16-2011, 11:00 AM
If they're surface cracks then it's from the hoof getting wet and then drying out. At least that's what I recall from studying hoof care.

Also If I recall correctly you should avoid putting oil on the hoof wall. And please don't quote me on this, do some research to find out for sure cus I could be remembering wrong. Something about the oil not allowing the hoof wall to also absorb moisture cus it creates a barrier that doesn't allow water in. Basically it doesn't allow the hoof wall to breath. Again, I could be wrong on my memory here cus it's been a while since I read about surface cracks. This is something I learned here on these forums.

If you're talking about an actual hoof wall crack running from ground up to the coronet. These can be grown out with proper trimming. I bought Pete Ramey's dvd's. The 10 disk set and I trim my horses using a barefoot trim. Breakover where it needs to be. Heel height where it needs to be. And mustang roll. I've successfully grown out wall cracks doing this.

I want to also mention that I've had a trimmer come out that told me she was a barefoot trimmer. She told me that they can't be grown out, only managed. But in hindsight recalling how she trimmed the hooves..... I wouldn't call her a very competent barefoot trimmer. Basically I just wanted to say that not all trimmers have, nor use the same type of knowledge.
    04-16-2011, 04:58 PM
Green Broke
^^ Thanks for that I'll have a look at that, I have just been going by what horse people have been telling me.
    04-16-2011, 08:54 PM
If your horse's hooves are "splaying" out, then that means that they are too long and have too much flare to them. The key to healthier hooves is never letting them get long enough to break off and cause the cracks in the first place. It is a good idea to have your farrier show you how to round them off in between trims. The cracks will never grow out unless you keep them from flaring out and breaking off. DO NOT let anyone tell you that white hooves are thinner or more brittle the black, that is total bunk. Being that I am a true believer in barefoot horses and have learned the trim myself and follow Pete Ramey's teachings, I am glad that your farrier wants you to leave the shoes off.

Please do not put turpentine on your horse's feet. You are better off looking at a hoof supplement and taking a look at what you feed your horse. A pour diet, rich in sugar and starch can cause a lot of hoof problems.

As totalfreedon mentioned, Pete Ramey is excellent. Just look up his name or barefoot horse and you will get tons of very helpful and educational information. I cannot tell you how much better my horses feet have been since we went barefoot.
    04-16-2011, 09:09 PM
Green Broke
Thanks I have never completely believed the whole black foot white foot thing. That is the thing that frustrates me its only two weeks after the farrier has come that his feet go like this and its just the one foot. I'm going to look into the supplement stuff.

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