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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Hoof cracks - update

31 05 10

06 02 11

This horse is in their early 20's. Written off several years ago unsound. May 2010 unsound. Now sound, rather lively and being ridden and has been since last summer (not sure of precise date).

Regular rolling has allowed the crack on this hoof to grow out. Trim intervals were initially 4 weeks, these have now been extended to 5. Any longer and the crack starts to lever open. The horse lives out 24/7 on very wet ground.

Hoof cracks do not necessarily need to be a cause for major concern, or shoeing, filling or otherwise high octane intervention.


Jenny said...

Wow.... those are some incredible "before's and after's!"

Wolfie said...

Great success story!

Shirley said...

I wish I had known about barefoot trimming years ago. I had a mare whose feet cracked from the top down- very unusual. The crack eventually hit the ground, and none of the farriers I knew could fix it. She was in a lot of pain, and I ended up shipping her. We tried for 2 years first to fix it.

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