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  1. #1
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    Default Hoof Crack

    My mare (10-12 yo QH) is barefoot. She has always had a small (1/4 inch or so) crack through the hoof wall in a front hoof. It didn't seem like a big deal. We've had a very dry winter, and recently started getting rain again, and this little crack became an inch and quarter. The crack does go into the hoof wall, but it is fine, and there is no blood or anything like that, and she is sound.
    My farrier trimmed it, and made a little X in her hoof just where the crack stops so we can tell if the crack continues to grow. The idea is to try and trim her feet a little more frequently - every 6 weeks instead of 8 to try and get it in check. I noticed, however, yesterday, that the crack ever so slightly is creeping into the "X". I don't use much in the way of hoof dressing. I did use Fielding's for a while. Just last week, someone let me borrow their Corona dressing, which I liked, and thought I would use for a while.

    Any advice on growing out these cracks or keeping them from getting any bigger?



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    My QH mare had a bad quarter crack on her right front hoof on the inside. I tried everything, special shoes, trimming it every 8 weeks religiously, I even went so far as to have the vet out and xray it to see how deep it was. When the vet wanted to dremmel it out and then wire it closed and use epoxy, I was like um no, let me talk to my farrier. We both decided what was best for Lucy was to leave her barefoot, keep her on dumor hoof supplement and I kept putting thrush x in the crack. Took me about a year and a half to grow the crack out and have a solid hoof again, so don't give up! Just be sure to put the corona cream on the hoof to encourage growth and keep bacteria and what not out of the crack.



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    my barefoot guy has a crack like you describe on the outside of one of his back hooves. My farrier actually rasps out and widens that to an upside down "v" shape...sounds crazy, but it actually keeps it from opening more, because since it is already a bit open, it prevents mud and sand from packing in there and actually forcing it to crack more. It really works!
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    My vet just dremmels it out a little into the upside down V described above. Apparently it takes the pressure off of it and keeps it from spreading. It worked for my guy that had a persistent crack just like the one you described. It was fully grown out in about 4-5 months.

    My vet lives at my barn (BO's husband) so it's just easier to have him do it I'm sure your farrier could as well though. My horse is barefoot as well (semi-retired) and it was on the outside of his left front. He stayed the sound the whole time and in light work, however.



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    If your horse is barefoot, he needs a mustang roll nearly all the way around to start. Then it should be touched up on a weekly basis. My horse has had two toe cracks which were fixed in the following trim; there was no 4-6 months of growing out time. The crack is often related to how the foot is trimmed.
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    Where on the foot is the crack? Do you have pictures?
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    Thank you for all the feedback everyone - those are some really good suggestions! I'll talk to my farrier about the V-shape, and the mustang roll. I haven't heard of the mustang roll before, but I looked at som epictures online, and that looks similar to how he trimmed the hoof with the crack. Since the crack is 1 1/4 inches now, though, I can't quite visualize how it is possible to eliminate the crack with just one trim?

    Patty - I don't have any pictures, but the crack is on the front of a front hoof, and starts at the bottom, and goes vertically straight up for about 1 1/4 inches.



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    Rasping across a crack in any way generally does not stop a crack from spreading if there's too much leverage created by hoofwall being left too long, which I suspect is the case here.

    Although some horses may be able to go 8 weeks, that's really too long of a trim frequency for hooves, especially if a hoof has issues like this.

    Most horses need a 5 - 6 week schedule, some even more frequent, depending on growth. Most hoof growth slows down in the winter but then speeds up in the spring.

    I believe your horse needs to be on a more frequent trim schedule while also ensuring the toes and heels are trimmed down enough, because often they are also left too long. And yes, a good bevel should always be applied to the hoofwall in barefoot hooves.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LShipley View Post
    Thank you for all the feedback everyone - those are some really good suggestions! I'll talk to my farrier about the V-shape, and the mustang roll. I haven't heard of the mustang roll before, but I looked at som epictures online, and that looks similar to how he trimmed the hoof with the crack. Since the crack is 1 1/4 inches now, though, I can't quite visualize how it is possible to eliminate the crack with just one trim?

    Patty - I don't have any pictures, but the crack is on the front of a front hoof, and starts at the bottom, and goes vertically straight up for about 1 1/4 inches.
    if vertical like you say you need shoes to support the foot as sounds like whats called a sand crack and its needs corrective shoeing and trimming you need a qualified farrier
    can get xrays done with vet to, it might need stablising with what i call staples depending how wide it is--go here www.horseshoes.com and post piccy of all sides of foot



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    Mine has a similar one, growing out for the year and 1/4 that I've had him. We do the V type trim like above, feed 1 cup farriers formula daily, when I remember I put some Corona on the area to keep it soft. Its mostly grown out, I have high hopes that it will completely grow out. He has very flat feet. I am going to keep him barefoot and use boots for trail riding.
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    wood glue works well the pack the crack and keep things from getting in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BornToRide View Post
    I believe your horse needs to be on a more frequent trim schedule while also ensuring the toes and heels are trimmed down enough, because often they are also left too long. And yes, a good bevel should always be applied to the hoofwall in barefoot hooves.
    How do you work this out. You've not even seen photos have you ?

    Why are you suggesting that toes and heels are trimmed down and there's increased frequency when you've not really got a clue?



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