Advice for hoof crack sought

I have a 8 year old Belgium gelding. When I got him he had a crack in his hoof about 1 inch wide at the base which goes up to a thin crack at the band. The farrier cauterized it about 1/4 inch down from the band. This seem to keep it from spreeding apart any further. But I can still see the crack leading up to the band.I have a 8 year old Belgium gelding. When I got him he had a crack in his hoof about 1 inch wide at the base which goes up to a thin crack at the band. The farrier cauterized it about 1/4 inch down from the band. This seem to keep it from spreeding apart any further. But I can still see the crack leading up to the band.

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lowder:

I have a 8 year old belgium gelding. When I got him he had a crack in his hoof about 1 inch wide at the base which goes up to a thin crack at the band. The farrier cauterized it about 1/4 inch down from the band. This seem to keep it from spreeding apart any further. But I can still see the crack leading up to the band I have been putting hoof oil allround the band but this doesn’t seem to help. He has never been lame on it and the previous owner said he has had this crack the whole time that he owned him, approx 5-6 years. I have been keeping shoes on him.

Any sugestions would be appreciated.

David Fox

David,

You’re doing the right thing in keeping the shoes on your Belgium and applying hoof ointment. Your farrier has a number of options to correct this hoof crack. The crack can be wired together via screws on either side of the crack, or epoxy applied to it. You may want to contact a farrier that has experience working on draft horses to help you.

Thanks, Dr. Lowder