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  • Joined Oct 2011
  • North Notts
Vertical crack on hoof
« on: July 30, 2021, 10:05:32 pm »
Just wondered if anyone had any advice about treating a vertical crack on a sheep's hoof? My sheep have had horizontal cracks before which have gradually grown out and not caused any problems but I'm not sure what to do with this vertical one. She's not lame yet but looks uncomfortable on it. It's about 2cm long starting almost from the coronary band downwards. Thank you
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  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Vertical crack on hoof
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2021, 11:30:21 pm »
Not sure about sheep but in horses this is either a sand crack (starts at the bottom and works its way up) or results from an abscess that has burst at the coronary band and results in damage to the horn growth at that spot (can take quite a while to correct).

In horses, the treatment was cornucrescine rubbed into the coronary band - it speeds up the growth and gives better quality hoof.  It's unclear if it's the cornucrescine or the rubbing that has the impact.  Cornucrescine now has a supplement for horses too which improves quality of hoof.

What you need for improved horn is a combined biotin, methionine and zinc supplement.

Hope this helps.
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  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
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Re: Vertical crack on hoof
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2021, 12:29:03 pm »
If you think she is at risk of matter getting in through the crack and then causing irritation and/or infection, the traditional remedy is to clean it thoroughly and then paste it with Stockholm tar.
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  • Joined Oct 2011
  • North Notts
Re: Vertical crack on hoof
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2021, 03:15:31 pm »
Thank you both for your replies. I've got some Stockholm tar and I think il get some cornucrescine, sounds very useful. I'll keep it clean and try one of these. Thank you.
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