December 7, 2007, Newsletter Issue #253: TOE, QUARTER, AND HEEL CRACKS

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Each crack requires individual analysis with regard to the corrective treatment and shoeing. The general principle is to have the farrier or blacksmith use a toe clip on each side of the crack across it to prevent wall expansion and to lower the wall below the crack so it will not bear weight causing spreading of the crack. Plastics can be used to seal the crack and corrective staples can be used to prevent expansion and contraction of the crack during movement of the horse.

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