Steve Teichman of Chester County Farrier Associates in Unionville, Pa., says that it's easy to make mistakes when attemping to patch quarter-cracks. In his business, he is frequently called in when quarter-crack repairs tried by other shoers have failed. He most frequently sees failure due to:
- Poor design that lacks function (particularly when using stitching methods).
- Un-weighting heel areas.
- Patches that create small pockets and areas that trap moisture and debris, leading to infection.
- Complicated and ineffective placement of drains.
- Drilling errors, particularly ones that damage horn along the leading edges of the crack.
- Patch shapes that fail along the leading and trailing edges of cracks.
Teichman will share a simple method he has developed for repairing quarter cracks in an upcoming issue of American Farriers Journal.