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post #1 of 60 Old 06-12-2019, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof crack (and gravel?)

Teddy has a hoof crack that I wonder if I should be concerned about. He saw the farrier about 10 days ago, and it was a new farrier so I asked him to look all of their hooves over really well. He didnít see any problems at that time, with Teddy. I feel like it might be getting bigger though. He also has something on his back hoof that is maybe a gravel (? See picture). I am not as concerned about that one, but Iím curious, since I thought gravels were usually caused by blown out abscesses, and I havenít noticed an abscess on him. He hasnít been lame since I have had him in November. Should I get the farrier out to look at either one? Would either one keep you from riding him?

(Pardon my sunscreen, I was putting it on his nose when I remembered I wanted pictures, and it's hard to get that stuff off...)
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Are those photos pretrim or postrim ?
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post #3 of 60 Old 06-12-2019, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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10 days post trim. As I recall, his feet looked good right after the trim, not cracked or chipped like that. I wonder if the cracking is due to the wet / dry cycle I mentioned in another post.
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My horse had a bad vertical crack when I bought him. Don't laugh, but I filled it with acrylic nail product! Stayed trim after trim, until it grew out. My farrier (who worked the tracks) was amazed!
If you cannot get someone to do that for you, I would suggest having maybe front shoes on him until it grows out then take him back to barefoot.
The top blowout looks fairly recent, but if it is not oozing or he's not lame, I won't worry about it.
I would ride him as is, but I would look for a new farrier.
Hope this helps!

PS - I just read where the trim was only 10 ago. Hmmm . . . doesn't look like a stellar trim, to begin with. I would also use a thick hoof dressing on him (walls and frog). In California, it gets really dry, and I used that on all my horses.
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That is a lot of flare for 10 days....but the spot looks like he bumped it a knocked the periople off to me, so thatís harmless.

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His hooves have always had a bit of flare. This is the second farrier I've had see him. I have specifically pointed out the flare to both farriers, and neither thought it was a big deal. Are they wrong?
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His hooves have always had a bit of flare. This is the second farrier I've had see him. I have specifically pointed out the flare to both farriers, and neither thought it was a big deal. Are they wrong?
YES, they are wrong! I found a new farrier in a new area I moved to by looking at other's horses' feet. I was working with a draft-Appy cross who's feet looked like dinner plates!

When the new farrier came out, I made a point to address the flares - which he had already noticed when I pulled "Ugly" out of his tall.
He got to it right away and the flares were corrected in the first trim. The owner was an opinionated, arrogant idiot and kept questioning the farrier through the whole trim. The farrier answered him politely but firmly explaining why he was doing what he was doing.

Month after month, Ugly stayed in great condition, until I left. Roger, my farrier, told me he went back to trim him (4 months after his last trim, and he was a "dinner plate" foot again.
Sad.
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An update. I went out there today and I swear the crack was worse, which is bad. On the other hand, the farrier was there, which is good. The barn owner was like, "Oh, I have seven horses that need shoes today so I'm not sure he can fit Teddy in." I was like, "too bad." Seriously, I have never put made a stink about anything, but the crack needed to be looked at.

The farrier agreed that the wet-dry cycle of their pasture is probably contributing to the crack, but I told him I can't move him from that pasture and don't want to stall him, so he recommended either Durasole or White Lightning (he said if I mixed the White Lightning with vinegar and put it in a soaking boot, it would make vapors that would really get into the crack and clean out any germs that might be there). I have ordered both. Any thoughts about which is better? He also bevelled the hoof around the crack, and recommended that I get a tiny pick to make sure I keep the white line area clean. He didn't see anything to worry about at this point, but felt like some preventative measures might be in order.
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Wall Cracks

Durasole is a product that MUST NOT be put on the hoof wall. It is expressly made for application to the sole to help prevent exfoliation. It will embrittle hoof wall.

White lightening otoh, is a product for soaking the entire hoof to disinfect it. There is a good chance that infection can enter those wall cracks, which will cause a lot of mischief under the surface. WL can do a lot to heal thrush and white line disease, but invariably there's more to wall cracks than external appearances.
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post #10 of 60 Old 06-13-2019, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I read through what you said and just ordered a soaking boot also. I will use the white lightning / vinegar. Can anyone tell me what the ratio for application would be? Or will it say on the bottle? Adding vinegar to it seems like a sort of off-label thing that maybe the manufacturer wouldn't want to encourage.

Poor Teddy, it's always something with him and I'm always having to mess with one part of his body or another. Luckily he has a heart of gold and puts up with it very nicely.
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