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 hunters...no 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!!
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.