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  • NinaJD Original Poster NinaJD
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    Atreyu has an older heel bulb injury that goes from his heel to the side and down his hoof. The vet and farrier said it’s nothing much to worry about, just to watch to see if it gets wider(splits/opens) once we started working him. My farrier also said he’s always going to have it because of the type of injury it looks like it was.

    My question is, does anyone know of anything I can give him to make it so this crack just goes away and doesn’t keep growing out as his new hoof comes in? I’ve had him for 6 months and he’s been on a biotin supplement, horseshine and good quality grain and hay(his feet were horrible when I got him)

    • This topic was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by NinaJD NinaJD. Reason: adding pictures

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

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    Sorry, I thought I read this through, but found I didn’t. Never mind my suggestion regarding getting the farrier and vet together. But my suggestion regarding the boot should be looked at. Ask both the farrier and vet if this might be a viable solution. Let me know.


    NinaJD Original Poster NinaJD
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    I don’t see another post about boots. Just this one.

    I’ve talked to my vet and farrier about boots and special shoes if he was to ever need them. I’d much rather do boots then anything(I try to keep things natural)
    So far he’s doing fine and the crack hasn’t grown/opened, etc. I will keep a closer eye on it next month when he goes to training since he’ll be really working.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

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    I don’t think you can get rid of a crack. You will have to wait for it to grow out. However, Smartpak makes a great supplement called Smartsox which increases blood flow to the heel and hoof area. Using a supplement like this may allow your horses hooves to grow out faster. I give the supplement to my horse that had thin soles and was lame. Now she is barefoot and sound. I also give her a biotin based supplement to keep her hooves strong. The combination of supplements has worked really well for us.

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    I had farriers tell me the same thing, sadly on the horse it cracked open. Do not wait find a very good farrier that will put the proper shoes on and if needed during the day boots.
    I use unflavored gelatin in his pellet feed and it works wonders. Heal it from the inside out. It will grow out but it will depend on how fast your horses hooves grow.
    I also use hoof hardener that help also. I have tried other stuff on the market and it just does not work as good nor as fast.
    I hope this helps some.

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    this looks to be an old injury, if its scarring from an old injury, as it looks to be perhaps a wire cut, adding some sort of support might help, something like a bar shoe, to see if the area will knit , it looks to me like the coronet was injured and thats where the split is grown down from. since this horse is young yet, I think i would try the bar shoe and see if it would take the stress off that area until its finished growing out , perhaps with the support and trimming every four to six weeks, it will still become stronger and more normal. As long as there is weight forcing it apart from the ground force, its going to break down and tend to shift , the foot /hoof spreads when weight bearing, as long as that happens, it will continue.. you could go to a good farriers forum and have some input from there as well…but as long as there is weight and not enough support– it will continue to spread and therefor split.

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    First find a farrier who knows how to measure a foot using the proper measurement tools (takes 2 minutes) Then the farrier needs to balance the foot. There is also probably thrush so far up in the foot, that needs to be addressed too. This trush is caused by an unbalanced foot. Many farriers think they can “eyeball” a balanced foot – not so. A good farrier knows how to balance a foot using the proper tools.

    Good luck

    NinaJD Original Poster NinaJD
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    I’ve had him for about 8 months now and so far if anything it’s gotten thinner. Never had any issues with it splitting or reopening.
    I was just curious. It’s just an eye sore for me, knowing he had something traumatic happen to him and was probably not taken care of properly.
    It doesn’t affect him any and he has no soundness issues. I’d rather keep him barefoot if possible. But I do have an awesome farrier who knows what he’s doing and has been watching it with me and will tell me if we need to do something different.

    Thanks for all the tips.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

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    well , just another thought, I have one horse with extremely weak hooves, what worked for him – and made his foot alot tougher and stronger , was a mineral supplement by ADM , I did not expect it to work as well as it did- I had tried farriers formula and a ton of other supplements, but this is what worked on his feet.. he went from breakng off and soft souls, to a solid foot with harder souls in about two months.. might be worth a try for you, its very affordable and lasts a long time of luck (it was the Grow Strong mineral first one listed)

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    my haflinger gelding has this same injury with the same crack. the crack isnt deep and doesnt go clear thru the hoof wall. it is more like a scar. he is barefoot and wears cavallos when i ride him. it doesnt go away, but continues to be a scar as his hoof grows out.
    he is very surefooted and never trips or stumbles when we are riding the trails.

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    To me this really looks like a scar from a previous injury. Depending on the horse it takes between 9 and 12 months for the hoof wall to grow from the coronary band down to the ground. So if it was a crack if should definitely look different than it did 8 months ago. I wouldn’t completely ignore it until you know for sure that it’s just a scar, but I don’t think you will have a problem with it opening up and causing problems.

    If you end up figuring out it is a crack, putting shoes significantly reduces blood flow to the hoof which delays healing and could perpetuate the problem. I would definitely recommend staying barefoot with timely barefoot trims (which it sounds like you already do that!).

    DesertHorses DesertHorses
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    Hi Nina ~
    I had a mare with a wire cut in the same area which looked very similar to Atreyu’s. Because the coronet tissue was damaged, there was always a “line” where the hoof grew down but because the overall hoof was healthy, once the initial injury healed it was only a scar, never an open crack.
    Make sure your hoof supplement has good levels of copper and zinc, which are important for healthy hooves, in addition to the biotin. Something like Source Focus Hoof would be a good supplement along with your Horseshine; the Focus Hoof supplies iodine and a good level of methionine along with biotin.
    A good “hoof” supplement is, for the most part, also a good general supplement.
    As long as the underlying structure of the hoof is healthy, your horse will probably be fine with just boots to protect the foot on rocky ground or gravel.

    Patti Woodbury Kuvik
    in Vail AZ

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    I use iodine when cracks appear, treat it twice daily. I use one of those sponge type brushes so you can really get it inti the crack, it’s less messy.This is an old school remedy, and it worked on my horse.

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    The scar on the heel bulb is also a scar on the coronet. Because the coronet is scarred, there is a line in the hoof wall growing down from there. You do not need shoes or boots to protect it. You do need to keep the hoof well trimmed, as any excess hoof wall growth will put additional pressure on that area and it can develop into a wider crack. However, as soon as you trim the hoof again, that will take the pressure off and it can heal. As long as the hoof is properly trimmed and balanced you do not need to worry about this. The one thing that you can do, is to see if you can find a balm that will soften and heal scar tissue. This could be massaged into the coronet and heel bulb. If it works, then the hoof wall could grow in stronger, without the little nick in the coronet that is expressed in the line on the the hoof wall as it grows down. Unless you can heal the scar, that line will always be there, but it will not be a problem as long as you get a good trim on a regular (6 week) interval or whatever your Hoofcare practitioner recommends based on your horse’s rate of hoof wall growth.

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    Hey There. I saw this on the online newsletter and thought I might be able to help pertaining to the crack.
    Cracks will never grow out. They are usually caused by a underlying fungal infection in the hoof. They are not usually painful, but left untreated, lead to other problems.
    Here is a really good video. I can say that her method works VERY well. I used it on my horse and it worked wonders.

    Hope this video helps.

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