Q: My young horse has recently developed cracked heals, but not
in a way I've seen before. He has developed a vertical crack down
the middle of each heel leading towards the frog, on all but the
off side foreleg. There is no weeping no smell and he isn't lame.
He is turned
out all day and is in at night. His stable is kept clean and the
field is not particularly we. My blacksmith says this is common
in houses with white legs and my horse has four socks. I wondered
whether this could be due to a nutritional deficiency.
Your horse's cracked heels certainly do sound a little unusual.
Your blacksmith is correct in saying that this kind of problem does
occur more on white areas of the coat and skin. If there is no infection
involved, then I would suggest that the condition might be related
more to dietary imbalance.
could also be related to poor liver and digestive function. My normal
approach in such cases is to feed as good a mineral and vitamin
formula as possible, the
best contain chelated or protein-bound minerals.
We use a chelated
and also often have good success with good liver tonic
can also be useful in such situations. For topical treatment I would recommend aloe vera.
Honey can also be very useful if you are able to keep it in position
on the wound.
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