Cracked hooves - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 19 Old 07-09-2013, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 51
• Horses: 1
Cracked hooves

Ok guys, my paint's hooves keep chipping and cracking so bad...really it's only one hoof. Her feet are done very regularly, so no need for the negativity. I have been putting "Hoof heal" on it, but I can't figure out why her feet keep chipping so bad she's fed twice a day and has unlimited access to hay. No need for anybody to be rude...Thanks!
HRS is offline  
post #2 of 19 Old 07-09-2013, 11:29 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 5,323
• Horses: 1
There are a few possibilities as to why they're cracking but without photos it's all conjecture. It could be that even though her feet are done regularly, they're not being done well or they might need to be done more often. There are lots of experienced people on here that can tell you if a trim is done well or not (you'd need a photo taken right after the trim for best advice)

Diet is also a possibility- an imbalance in minerals can cause poor quality hoof, and some horses need added biotin in their diet.
verona1016 is offline  
post #3 of 19 Old 07-09-2013, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 51
• Horses: 1
Thank you! I will get a picture tomorrow of is really bad. And I never thought about them maybe not being done right.
HRS is offline  
post #4 of 19 Old 07-14-2013, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 51
• Horses: 1
Pics up!

Ok I know these aren't the best pictures. I did have better ones but my phone didn't save them and I didn't notice until I got inside and I went back out to take these and the idiots down the road decided to start shooting guns like crazy so she got spooked....but before anybody tries to attack..I do take care of my horse and her feet are done regularly (which is why I can't figure out why this is happening). I have been putting "Hoof Heal" on it for about 2 1/2 weeks but haven't seen a whole lot of improvement. The others are cracked but they're not as bad as this one. Anybody know what to do to prevent this and why it's so bad?? Thank you!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_20130714_184549.jpg (91.5 KB, 94 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_20130714_184531.jpg (102.6 KB, 95 views)
HRS is offline  
post #5 of 19 Old 07-14-2013, 08:12 PM
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 173
• Horses: 1
I would recommend getting the pair of the foot that is cracking shod. And continuing to be shod until the foot has grown out enough to get a good mustang roll and barefoot trim.

This looks bad enough that the farrier will need to fill in some gaps with putty/epoxy.

If you leave them like this, they could eventually brake off more and cause injury/lameness.

Have you had any extreme weather changes recently? EX: EXTREME HOT + DRY to WET WET WET

Also, I would suggest (If possible) to put him/her on a hoof supplement.
Smartpak has some awesome choices.

EDIT: I saw you said all 4 are cracking. Get all 4 done ASAP.
If you wait he/she could literally brake off enough that you have to do therapeutic work for a long time.

Changes in the hoof occur very slowly. It can take an entire year to grow a whole new foot.

Last edited by Brenna Lee; 07-14-2013 at 08:16 PM.
Brenna Lee is offline  
post #6 of 19 Old 07-14-2013, 08:17 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 6,448
• Horses: 0
I don't think they would be breaking up that badly if they weren't too long. Chips and chunks coming off is nature's way of trimming. I would just get them trimmed up nicely with a good mustang roll. Shoes are not going to make the feet stronger over time, all you are going to do is "fake" the look of good feet with shoes and epoxy. But they are not going to make the feet any stronger.

Gee, now I sound like a real barefooter, lol!

If the horse is sound I don't think you need shoes. Now if the horse isn't sound, shoes will buy you a quick fix to get the horse sound again and allow the feet to grow out. But mainly what I see is the need of a good trim.
Trinity3205 likes this.

Last edited by trailhorserider; 07-14-2013 at 08:21 PM.
trailhorserider is offline  
post #7 of 19 Old 07-14-2013, 08:23 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
Posts: 1,810
• Horses: 4
Yep looks like the horse needs a trim and the foot is attempting to self trim. Possible has white line issues tho and appears to have a nice toe crack started. Hoof heal wont help this and may even harm it.

Hoof Dressings: What Studies Show |

you have to sign in to read it but its free, easy and worth it.

Married to my One! 10-11-13 Steampunk style:)
Trinity3205 is offline  
post #8 of 19 Old 07-14-2013, 08:29 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Valley of the Sun
Posts: 3,003
• Horses: 3
Can you take a picture of what is going on underneath? The hoof needs trimmed, and while I'm not a shoe person with that one crack I think shoes might be the only way to go to keep it from splitting all the way up to the coronet band. Depends on how deep it is though.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
flytobecat is offline  
post #9 of 19 Old 07-14-2013, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 51
• Horses: 1
Ok thank you all. I was worried about a trim because I wasn't sure how much shorter her hooves could get without causing her problems.

@Trinity3205- Thank you for the tip..everybody was telling me to put that on her hooves to help them..gosh it's hard to know exactly what to do with everybody having such different opinions.
HRS is offline  
post #10 of 19 Old 07-14-2013, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 51
• Horses: 1
@Brenna Lee- yeah we have had extreme weather changes...from scorching hot to it raining 3 weeks straight
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Inside.jpg (42.0 KB, 78 views)
File Type: jpg Inside2.jpg (57.6 KB, 78 views)
File Type: jpg Outside.jpg (55.6 KB, 77 views)
File Type: jpg Both feet.jpg (73.9 KB, 77 views)
HRS is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to Fix Cracked Hooves?! MyHorsesGurl Hoof Care 11 04-12-2012 12:59 AM
Cracked Hooves ImpressiveLady Horse Health 16 08-25-2010 02:38 PM
Cracked hooves-barefoot SarahRicoh Horse Health 19 07-24-2010 03:47 PM
Cracked Hooves? rissaxbmth Horse Health 10 05-01-2010 01:04 AM
Cracked Hooves deineria Horse Health 21 08-02-2009 12:45 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome