How to Care for Horse Hoof Cracks

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Healthy horses have healthier hooves.
Healthy horses have healthier hooves. (Image: race horse hoofs image by Clarence Alford from Fotolia.com)

A hoof is similar to a human fingernail. There is little you can do to heal cracked hooves, so you will have to wait for new hoof to grow in. However, it is essential to stop the crack from spreading and leading to an infection or other damage. There are methods shown to increase hoof strength. As with any animal-related medical issue, consult your veterinarian before attempting treatment.

Things You'll Need

  • Hoof sealer
  • Biotin
  • Zinc methionine

Visit the veterinarian to rule out any underlying issues, such as a nutritional deficiency or illness. The exact cause of hoof cracking is debated. Some believe it is due to dry conditions, others believe it is due to a wet environment. Regardless of the reason, a healthy, active horse should produce a stronger, healthier hoof.

Apply a hoof sealer to the cracked area. Hoof sealer can benefit a cracked hoof due to dry or wet conditions, as it keeps hoof moisture in and external moisture out. A healthy hoof should have a moisture content of 25 percent, according to the website, Horse Talk.

Provide supplements if the horse's diet is a possible cause of the hoof crack. Biotin, a B vitamin, and zinc methionine have both been shown to improve hoof conditions. Biotin is also shown to increase hoof growth, which may speed up the process of waiting for the crack to grow out.

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