Big Brown doing well after doctor rep...

Big Brown doing well after doctor repairs crack in hoof

There are 11 comments on the Newsday story from May 26, 2008, titled Big Brown doing well after doctor repairs crack in hoof. In it, Newsday reports that:

Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay repaired Big Brown 's quarter crack in a 10-minute procedure at about 10:45 a.m. Monday, and trainer Rick Dutrow and co-owner Michael Iavarone expressed confidence that the ...

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Norwood, NJ

#1 May 26, 2008
I just hope that if Big Brown does not heal in time, they don't try to run him. We don't need another beautiful creature being put down because of human greed.
Hoof Hearted

Bronx, NY

#2 May 26, 2008
Poor nag.
bad john

Longmont, CO

#3 May 26, 2008
again clueless! blue skies-what?this is no big deal!
hoof- ever have an ingrown toe nail-cut it out instant relief.

Bronx, NY

#4 May 26, 2008
Poor Eddie Mac and his latest Big Brown love letter.

United States

#5 May 26, 2008
Bad John,I'll take an ingrown nail over this...

I hope it's as simple as everyone says, but this doesn't look like it. And has anyone said...what's the underlying cause? We know Big Brown has had ongoing hoof problems, but do we know why?

“On the Backside”

Since: May 08

Holt, Missouri

#6 May 27, 2008
I need to say first I am NO expert.
WOW the link shocking but it is an EXTREMLY severe quarter crack.
Trouble is we have to take Big Brown's trainers' WORD about the colts actual situation. Every one is saying is 'nothing', I like you, can't imagine that it is that simple exactly.(I havn't seen Big Browns foot on camera either,up close, makes ya wonder.)
A galloping horse exerts a force of about 1,000 kilograms to his front feet at the mid point of each stride.
If a few screws and some really strong wire can with stand about 1,000 kilograhms of inpact at each stride than he will not even know it is there, in, theroy.
His wires will all be out side of his hoof wall, not like on the link. pictures where the wires go inside and out.
(Supposidly(sp?) you can bearly see his crack.)
A lot will tell when he goes back out on Wednesday or Thursday to train. If he can't go in the Belmont, we the public, probably won't know about it until race day, after the crowd packs in.

A horses hoof wall thickness varies from horse to horse. Usually it is about a half inch or a little better thick. I don't want to get into the breeding issue, but Big Brown naturally has very THIN walls. It becomes a mathmatical equation of weight and downward force vs. the strength and integrity of the structure it is being appied to. In this case Big Brown's weight and concussion, when he strides while training, over loads his thin hoof wall's ability to withstand the force and it fails him.
I think I am not too far off, hopes this helps. Others may be able to add to this for you.

Levittown, NY

#8 May 27, 2008
bad john wrote:
again clueless! blue skies-what?this is no big deal!
hoof- ever have an ingrown toe nail-cut it out instant relief.
Yes, but if they run the horse before his "ingrown toenail" heals, he could favor another leg and further injure himself. Normally this injury is not anything to be concerned about. In a race horse when you are pushing the animal to an extreme, even a small injury like a cracked hoof may have different consequences. I am hoping I am wrong.
bad john

Longmont, CO

#9 May 27, 2008
the repair amounted to two piano wire between screws-iodine (weak)solution applied- oh and guess what he was doing so poorly he galloped this
truth is this is a minor problem-it also is probably due to dutrow being set in his ways-another man would have gone lookig for the reason behind his foot problems and worked on diet -hoof dressings etc.
bad john

Longmont, CO

#10 May 27, 2008
if the quarter crack should bother him he would simply not bear down and run hard.

This is not a dangerous injury it is not even that painful.
the problem is he has had this problem and with the glueon shoes and the patches used the treatment options are limited
in best case and with time the crack would be cut out and 3/4 shoe used and the hoff would be able to be worked on and walls toughened up.
we would have added gelitin to his feed as well as msm and other growth(hoof) supplements
rubbed reducine into coronary band to increase growth. with time a factor they have to go back to patches. not best plan but it will work in that time-with two triple crown races under his belt he may not need much training. infact the rest may be better for him.

United States

#11 May 27, 2008
I've had horses, raised horses and shown horses (American Saddlebreds) but have never had to deal with this type of injury so I honestly do not know how serious it is or isn't other than what I've read.

My main concern is that I know Big Brown has had ongoing hoof problems and as I mentioned previously, the cause of the problem(s) has yet to be identified (at least publicly). I understand that a quarter crack can be a very simple problem to fix; however, I also understand that it can be very severe (such as in the link above). I HOPE that Big Brown's quarter crack is just a minor hiccup in his racing career and that he can overcome it as easily as his trainer and "podiatrist" are predicting. That would be wonderful.

I think that his trainer, owner and everyone involved would lean toward the safe side and not race him if he were not healed or was still feeling tender in his hoof...especially with all of the added press exposure and focus on racing since Eight Belles deadly injury at the Kentucky Derby. I hope this is the case.

I was at the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby and personally saw both Chelokee and Eight Belles break's a heartbreaking thing to see.

I'm hoping and praying for a safe race for all horses and jockeys at the Belmont! Go Big Brown!!!

South Jordan, UT

#12 Feb 4, 2013
Do they use hoof supplements for this? I am curious to know the side affects of using hoof supplements. I visited the site . I learned a little bit, but I would like to know more.

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