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Sandcrack - a split in the wall of the hoof, they vary in size, but a true sandcrack extends from the upper border to the lower border of the wall. When a horse puts weight on a foot affected by a sandcrack the edges of the crack move and the crack tends to open and shut. The sensitive tissue in the depth of the crack is then exposed to injury and infection. Sandcracks can be caused through an injury to the coronet or may be through neglect e.g. allowing the feet to grow too long. They are an unsoundness and some vendors may try to disguise them. Treatment - Shallow cracks can be treated by trimming and balancing the hoof; clips may be used to prevent movement within the hoof and to prevent the crack getting longer. Deep sand cracks are open to grit and dirt and may become infected, causing lameness. Relieve the pain by cleansing the fissure and applying a poultice, the vet may prescribe antibiotics. After the fissure is clean and the pain alleviated the crack should be immobilised by a good farrier and a shoe applied.



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