A challenge during the summer is overly dry or wet hooves. This makes the possibility of a crack or chip occurring higher. These issues can be a nuisance for any horse but particularly for horses with hoof moisture balance issues.
Environmental conditions can wreak havoc with hoof moisture balance in the summer. Intense summer rains that lead to prolonged muddy conditions can soften the hoof wall. Followed by dry summer spells and stomping at flies the rapid changes can pose big challenges for overall hoof health.
What can you do to deal with the strain that summer can place on your horses hooves?
There are many different types of hoof cracks including grass, sand, heel, bar, toe, and quarter cracks. Different cracks can be caused by a variety of factors but most are superficial. Both superficial and serious cracks can become permanent if not properly addressed. If you have questions about specific cracks, you can ask your hoof care professional.