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    07-15-2010, 01:24 PM
What can I do to help her hooves?

My Appaloosa mare has vertical hoof cracks in her front legs. They don't reach the coronet or the bottom og the hoof, and they aren't deep either. My dad is our farrier and rounds her hooves off once or twice a week, since her hoof walls are very thick. I was wondering if there was a supplement we could buy to help heal her hooves, or something else we should do. Thank you for the help, in advance.
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    07-15-2010, 01:37 PM
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Cracks have to grow out. To keep them from getting worse, make sure her hooves are balanced (low heels, short toes, etc) and make sure her diet is balanced. What does she eat currently? Hay, grain/feed, supplements. How much and how often?

For my horses that are prone to cracking, I give them Source Focus HF supplement. I use two topicals alternating during really dry periods, Hoof Heal and Corona Ointment. They get something on their feet every other day, unless the ground is wet.
    07-15-2010, 07:44 PM
It's been very dry and the flies are out so the horses are stomping more. I have been using hoof conditioners and try to keep thier feet filed so that they don't chip and crack as much. Plus I keep Wipe on them so the flies won't aggravate them so bad. My twh is barefoot and his feet are chipped up the mft has shoes on and his are fine. But I still use conditioners on his too..
    07-15-2010, 10:16 PM
Our farrier told us to use plain baby oil on our horses' hooves to help with the cracking
    07-15-2010, 10:49 PM
My farrier recommended to feed my mares Farrier's Formula. It's a pelleted supplement you add to their diet. Lots of biotin in it. It takes a while to see a difference but after two months and two trims my mares hooves are looking so much better. It has also made their coats very shiny and sleek.
    07-16-2010, 12:13 AM

Hoof pics would be handy to give you a better answer. It is unusual for vertical cracks not to go up to the coronet OR down to the ground. Are there many? Big? Is he shod or bare? Did they start at the coronet but have grown down? It's possible abscesses &/or lami were responsible. Generally speaking cracks are an indication of too much unhealthy pressure on hoof walls - eg. Walls left too long, imbalanced, too long shod, shod when walls are unattached/feet unhealthy, etc. If it were due to abscesses or such at the coronet & there is more than one - eg it's not a one off or very occasional thing - this is a sign that the hooves are likely very unhealthy, for whatever reason. It's also possible that what you take to be thick walls are actually partly lamellar wedge.

More info is necessary to do more than guess tho. Along with pics(various angles), info on diet & management is helpful. And educating yourself on the principles & factors that are involved in healthy hooves is important. It is *possible* that your farrier is not as good or as knowledgeable as you would like to think. Your farrier being your dad, I appreciate that if your study leads you to suspect he may not be the best for your horse, you're in a difficult position....
    07-17-2010, 07:58 AM
Simple squeeze the fetlock joint and should automatically pick up feet, if she doesn't try squeezing again and lean slightly on her.

    07-20-2010, 03:41 PM
Thank you guys for all the help. I will show my dad (my farrier) what you have said and we'll see how it goes from there. But we'll also get more opinions from other farriers on what we will do. So thank you for the help.
    07-20-2010, 03:52 PM
If your father is a farrier why not simply ask him what you need to do to help her feet?
    07-21-2010, 11:12 AM
He is and he knew what to do, but we all wanted second opinions and so forth. And also to see what worked with other horses.

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