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ASkHQ: Hoof cracks?

Q: What causes a hoof crack?

A: Hoof cracks are simply splits in the hoof wall. They are often the result of trauma to the coronary band or hoof wall; irregular hoof trimming; poor hoof balance; poor conformation; poor quality of hoof; poor diet; and extreme weather conditions. Cracks are easy to see on the hoof and thus easy to diagnose. Treatment is aimed at preventing infection in the cavity and limiting the spread of the crack. Farriers may try filling, wire lacing and a variety of types of shoeing to help to stabilise the hoof. This obviously depends on the size, location and type of crack that has developed. To prevent these issues going forwards, nutrition needs to be improved and a farrier must decide how best to balance the feet.