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post #11 of 16 Old 07-24-2018, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by CharlotteThePenguin View Post
She's been barefoot for a few weeks and seemed to do okay, but her hooves get cracks around the edges when she goes out.
This is not because the horse is bare. It is about the trim, the quality of her hooves, etc.
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Originally Posted by loosie View Post
This is not because the horse is bare. It is about the trim, the quality of her hooves, etc.
Right now she's front shod only and her front feet are fine, but her back feet have cracks in them. (Will take pictures tomorrow)

The last farrier wasn't very patient and, like I said before, I'm not very knowledgeable on hooves so I have no idea if he was doing a good job or not. The barn he was at was more 'prestigious' (for lack of a better word that I can think of), so I assumed he was good, but I have no idea. She's due for a trim and a reset in a few weeks, this time at a different barn with a different farrier.

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cracking on the edges of the hoof wall would say to me that the farrier is not taking enough wall off with each trim and the excess is cracking away when in contact with hard/rough surfaces, due to peripheral overloading. there could also be the added issue of not enough nutrition in the diet and that is showing up in weak hoof wall that cracks easily. do you have her on any supplements?

both my old gelding (had him 10 years) and my current mare (had her just over 4 years now) stayed barefoot the whole time i had/have both and my farrier has been the same for both (i was so grateful after a 12 year horse hiatus to find out he was still doing hooves!), and i have never had cracking happen on either horse's bare feet. both were/are on a 8 week trim schedule and live/ride on the same varied ground - dirt arena, grass/dirt/hard packed ground for 24/7 turnout (same barn for both horses). no supplements, just hay or grass depending on season, and well water that is quite high in iron and other minerals.

pics of her hooves would be very good.
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These pictures are awful and I apologize for that as I didn't have enough time to take proper pictures. I also forgot to check the quality of them before I left. Sorry again.

Regardless, I took a picture of her front hoof, which doesn't appear to have any cracking. She's got metal shoes on her fronts.

I also took a picture of her rear hoof, specifically the one with the most cracking. She's barefoot behind.

Also, she had just been hosed off after being worked so I don't know if that matters, but that's why there's water everywhere.

I can get better pictures late next week. I'm about to leave for the beach, which is why I didn't have time to take good pictures.
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an alternative to GC shoes are Duplo shoes. there is SOME metal in them vie the toe clips in some but they are mostly metal. they are great for gripping (miller ranch uses them for endurance and extreme trail) and you can add studs as needed. just a thought. otherwise i LOVE GC shoes for my horses.

I have used duplo shoes. they do not have the same reset life as GCs but they are another good alternative for a horse who needs the grip. worked well for Odie

they designed a shoe for the Miller Ranch.
made for crazy rocky areas

here is the standard threaded for studs
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Should have qualified the comment about no shoes not causing cracking... Of course, fixing anything to the base of the wall protects it from wear, so walls can get overlong without breaking away, while they can 'self trim' if not shod. Thats what has happened with your horse by the looks - no cracks in evidence in that pic at all, but the lower edge is chipped away.

Front foot looks long & flared with high heels.
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