A field guide to hoof cracks

Assessing, treating and preventing hoof wall defects


Hoofbeats are like heartbeats to anyone who loves horses. But what’s a horse owner to do when a hoof starts cracking? And how can you tell when the crack is serious?

In this edition of EQUUS Extra, we’ve got tips on determining which flaws are harmless and which can lead to unsoundness or infection. Learn why location matters, the causes of chronic cracks and how to work with your farrier to treat or stabilize the damage. PLUS: Preventative measures for optimal hoof health

Featured in this edition:

  • Conformation counts
  • The role of trauma
  • When to call your vet


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