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advice needed

 >  And would you advise riding/competing or not?

I've seen some really bad horizontal separations that didn't cause any
problems. I would be more wary of vertical cracks.  I once saw a 100 mile
horse with horrible horizontal separations that looked like the ones they
get from overdosing selinium.  He completed the 100 with no problems. 
When my horse had one horizontal separation my farrier said we wouldn't
worry about it until it got to the nail line and then we'd cross our
fingers...that it might break off there.  It didn't.  We did have to sort
of stretch one set, then put low nails in next time to avoid the crack
but it was OK. He also used the back nail hole for that set to work
around it a little.  I'd ride her unless she showed lameness.


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