Cracked hoof

I have a Morgan gelding that I brought down from New England 3 1/2 years age. He was shod as a 3 year old.Now at 7 years old, he has been barefoot 4 years as a Florida ...I have a Morgan gelding that I brought down from New England 3 1/2 years age. He was shod as a 3 year old.Now at 7 years old, he has been barefoot 4 years as a Florida ...

Story originally posted by: Scott Brock , R.J.F. Ð C.J.F.

Hello:

I have a Morgan gelding that I brought down from New England 3 1/2 years age. He was shod as a 3 year old.Now at 7 years old, he has been barefoot 4 years as a Florida horse. About 8 months ago he started a crack on his right front hoof and even though my farrier has been working with it I finally had him shoe his front feet.

What would have caused this to happen? Would it be because he had too much pressure on his toes and not enough on his heel? I would appreciate your outlook on this matter.

Thanks in advance.

Eliene Brooks

Eilene:

This question sounds familiar so if this answer is redundant I apologize. It all depends on where the crack is located. Toe cracks are the result of too much heel and distortion or pressure on the toe lamiae.

For this the farrier should lower the heels as much as possible and get rid of the dish in the toe. If you have a quarter crack this is because of the heel being to low in most cases. The stress of the foot takes the path of least resistance, be it in the toe or the quarters.

For a quarter crack I will put on a bar shoe and most often a wedge pad to change the angles of the coffin bone. Both of the crack issues are caused by conformation but can completely be controlled by the farrier.

Thanks!
Scott