Treating Sand Cracks
by F. Thomas Breningstall
Methods of treating cracks depend on the type and location of the
cracks. Due to the possibility of lameness or deep hoof problems, these methods
are best left to the farrier and veterinarian:
- Draw two clips, one on each side of the crack, and nail the shoe on the
foot. (Clips consist of metal drawn from, or added to, the outside edge of a
shoe; they lay against the outside of the hoof wall.)
- Weld one large clip, about 2/3 as high as the hoof wall, to the outside
edge of the shoe. When the shoe is nailed on, the clip should cover the crack on
both sides and make contact with the hoof wall.
- Staple the crack together with a hot staple and cover the crack with hoof
- Drill holes on each side of the crack and lace with wire.
- Put short screws on each side of the crack and lace with wire.
- Use hoof repair kit with fiberglass matting; cover with more hoof repair
- Use a commercial hoof crack repair kit and support it with a shoe.
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F. Thomas Breningstall is a
full-time farrier living in Fowlerville, Michigan. His column "Hoof &
Hammer" appears regularly in
Rural Heritage. This column
was in Spring 1997