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roverdisc98 10-22-2013 11:55 AM

here's a mare with a hoof crack: need help
this is a 7 year old qh mare. would I be making a mistake on purchasing her with this hoof?

Roux 10-22-2013 12:49 PM

Hi Rover, I can't see any pictures. Can you try again?

roverdisc98 10-22-2013 04:19 PM

see the picture now?

Speed Racer 10-22-2013 04:25 PM

No. How are you trying to attach it? You need to use a photo you've downloaded either to your own computer or to a site like Photobucket. You can't attach a photo from your phone.

roverdisc98 10-22-2013 04:34 PM

hemms 10-22-2013 08:01 PM

Do you have more photos, from more angles? Which hoof is it? What do the other 3 feet look like? Seems like a pretty tight crack... Have they tried repairing it?

I've seen similar issues cleared up with an aggressive GOOD barefoot trimming schedule. I've also seen some fails. Genetics, nature of injury, nutrition, and a solid plan of rehabilitation are all critical factors, ime.
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loosie 10-22-2013 08:20 PM

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Still don't see any pics. But no, hoof cracks are not likely to pose any permanent problems if treated/managed correctly.

wtwg 10-22-2013 09:31 PM

I can't see any photos, but here is my experience with cracks:

Thin ones do not usually pose a problem, some will even heal with time. A crack that goes all the way to the coronary band will not heal. Horses with crack sometimes have a tendency to develop more cracks, usually due to a nutritional deficiency (in my experience) or simply an inborn tendency,

Large cracks that do not go all the way to the coronary band are very treatable. A mare at my barn had one recently because of a rock or abscess (according to the farrier). It takes some time, but the hoof will grow back. She does have other cracks in her hooves that cannot be done away with, but these do not bother her, and she is developing less of them as we get her on a regular trimming schedule and a balanced diet.

So don't let minor imperfections put you off a good horse! Be aware that this horse might develop more serious cracks in the next few months, though these should be less frequent with the right care and food.

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