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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul. 20, 2004

    Default quarter cracks...HELP!

    I'm in a little bit of panic mode right now so I apologize in advance

    Little bit of background: I have an 8 year old hanovarian gelding. Always been sound...never had any problems. Does tend to pull shoes quite frequently...but even when he pulls them, he still stays sound. Hasn't pulled a shoe in about a month now. I noticed about a week or two ago that he had a crack on his hind right hoof. It's about an inch in length...maybe half a millimeter deep, and about a sheet of paper size in width (aka very, very thin). Didn't think much of it because he is completely sound. He showed last weekend in the 3 foot problem.

    I've been unable to ride him this week so my friend has been riding him. She called me tonight to say she thinks he has a quarter crack. AHHH!!! She said he is completely sound but he has a crack on his hoof. Talked to the girl who rode him yesterday...she also said completely sound.

    I'm fighting the urge to call the emergency vet right now (I promise I won't-I know they'll kill me for calling at 11pm for this ) But really I'm freaking out.

    Does this sound like a quarter crack? Can horses be completely sound on them? HELP!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar. 23, 2009
    Paddle faster! I hear banjo music...


    sounds like a sand crack. They are superficial and as long as he is sound then I wouldn't worry too much. And even if it is a quarter crack your vet won't be able to do much. You'll need the farrier.
    "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr. 3, 2009


    True quarter cracks have a crack through the coronary band. It does sound more likely your horse has a sand crack which is not a big problem. Quarter cracks are very painful since there is separation &movement of the soft issue, especially when the horse is training. You can put your fingers around the crack and squeeze gently at the coronary band and see the movement. Even if it is a 1/4 crack, it's not a vet emergency. Just need to call the farrier.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar. 6, 2009


    Jingles for your horse and you ~ wait to panic ~ hopefully not what you think ~

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec. 13, 1999
    Greensboro, NC


    A "true" quarter crack does not have to go all the way up to the coronet band, much less crack through it

    They also don't have to be painful. Yet.

    the width of the crack doesn't mean much at this point - what matters more is the depth, as well as location. A picture would really help.

    It may very well be a superficial "sand crack", but without pictures, or more info, too hard to tell.
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET

  6. #6
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    Feb. 21, 2009


    Pictures, pictures, pictures.
    Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
    Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.

  7. #7
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    Nov. 9, 2005


    Quote Originally Posted by Patty Stiller View Post
    Pictures, pictures, pictures.
    farrier farrier farrier lol hello patty

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