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Steve Kraus,CJF, Head Of Farrier Service, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Photo shows a chronic toe crack caused by long toe, low heel conformation, on a horse heavy on the forehand. The notch is burned in to help stop the crack. Side clips are on the shoe to stabilize the hoof.

Hoof Cracks Need Immediate Attention

Ignoring a crack in a hoof can cost you more in the long run than preventive techniques.