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Cracked Horse Hooves | 4 Useful Tips For Prevention

June 15, 2021 Chris Price

Why do horse’s hooves crack?

Cracked horse hooves can become a real problem and can appear for many different reasons such as environmental, genetic, nutritional, and conformational factors.  You may be feeding a perfectly scientifically balanced diet but still, find that those hooves still crumble and that infection is still likely. When hooves crumble, the white line that separates the hoof wall from the sole gets very weak and lets dirt and bacteria in.  The hooves will also start to look in a worse condition.

The most common type of cracked horse hooves are grass cracks, these originate from the base of the hoof and are usually caused by overgrown hoof walls or unbalanced feet. Another type of crack is sand cracks and these stem from the coronary band. This type of crack can occur from an injury to the coronary band or as a result of abnormal stress at the coronary band.

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How can we prevent cracked horse hooves?

  • Inspecting and picking out your horse’s hooves daily will help you to keep an eye out for your horse’s digital pulse and if it feels stronger than usual and/or the foot is warmer than normal to touch. The cause of this could be an abscess inside the hoof from a badly placed shoeing nail, a bruise, or an overlooked puncture in the sole.


  • Keeping your horse on a regular trimming/shoeing schedule with your farrier can be good practice for helping to prevent hooves from cracking, especially in the summer months with the changeable weather conditions.


  • The best way of encouraging perfect feet is to let your horse out on 1000 acres of wild pasture of woodland but that is not easy.  This way a horse can pick out exactly what it knows it needs from all sorts of plants.  It will then get its nutrition the way nature intended.  However, this is not an easy suggestion for the average UK horse owner!


  • The other option is to use supplements that boost uptake of what is already available in the feed.  Adding a hoof supplement to your horse’s diet will also help to improve the quality of the new horn but you will need to commit to using it for a number of months before you will notice a visible improvement.

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Nutritional support for cracked horse hooves

The trouble is that science is not always correct.  The precise measure of what a horse needs depends on the nature of your horse’s digestion and how easily he or she can take up what you put in the feed.  People tend to say that Biotin is the answer but the Biotin that is normally recommended is not easily digested and absorbed.

Our HOOF supplement is one example that contains herbs that combine with natural calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in the diet and move it to the hoof cells along with natural Biotin that exists within the Cissus Quadrangularis plant that we use. In the HOOF product, we combine these African herbs with very high specification Zinc and Manganese which also help those hoof cells divide even more quickly.

Quite a few years ago I asked one magazine to review this approach and sure enough in less than a month, the editor saw a new line of horn growing down from the coronary band when she started feeding our Cissus herbs.  It is a real relief to see such a quick response from herbs that I discovered in the depths of tropical Africa.

As the saying goes, prevention is always better than cure! Checking over and cleaning your horse’s hooves daily, keeping regular farrier visits and making sure your horse receives the proper nutrition he needs to maintain healthy hooves are all factors that will create positive results for your horse’s feet.

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