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post #1 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Best hoof dressing? Opinions needed please!

Ok, I know that topical dressing cannot compensate for unhealthy hooves, but which dressings do you guys prefer? I currently use hooflex liquid, but is there anything better?
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 05:59 PM
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None. Good nutrition and movement is the best.
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post #3 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 07:59 PM
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Only one we use is a locally made essential oil filled dressing that is just all around healthy. I've noticed a huge change in my mares feet since I began using it.
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post #4 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 08:48 PM
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None. You couldn't pay me to put a hoof dressing on my horse's hooves.
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post #5 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 08:49 PM
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By the way, we are more promoting good circulation of the sole, frog etc than "dressing" the hoof. Nutrition comes from within.
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post #6 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 09:27 PM
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There sure is a differing of opinion here. So for the ones that say ya wont put it on your horse. Why? Is it bad for the hoof?
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post #7 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 09:38 PM
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My new Morgan mare came with very, very dry and cracked hooves - Hoof Flex was highly recommended by my farrier, and it has worked wonders on her! I agree with the other posters with being skeptical about hoof dressings - this, however, is made by Absorbine, has an antibiotic in it, and it is breathable....unlike all the others I've seen. I would highly recommend this product! :)
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post #8 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 09:39 PM
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Yes, IMO, it is bad for the hoof. It seals in and seals out. It doesn't allow the hoof to "breathe". It retains moisture, and at the same time doesn't let moisture in. It won't fix cracks or chips because it can't make them magically grow together. The growth starts at the coronet band and that's where the fix is. At the top, from the inside.
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Apart from good nutrition? .... Water. Yep, just plain old water if my horses hooves need more moisture.
Like Northern said, dressing seal the moisture that's already in there, into the hoof.. but it will also keep any more moisture from getting in there. That said, they can have their place.

During the heat of summer if my horses hooves start to crack or just look generally not as good as normal, I will make a big puddle around their water trough so that the hooves get water while the horses drink... My horses love it, Mitch once dragged me into the puddle on the end of his leadrope and stood in one spot pawing and splashing and jumping up in the air(strange horse) to splash more water. He got me absolutely saturated!!

The one and only other thing I will use on my horses hooves is Worlds Best Hoof oil, I use it when I see any cracks. But I don't use it very often. and I use it in place of Hoof Black at shows too
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post #10 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 10:14 PM
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I just think it's a waste of money. Marketed to people who don't know any better and worry about their horse's feet, when in actuality it's the horses diet, environment or farrier that's sub-par. That's just my opinion of course.

What I DO use is Durasole on occasion, mainly because it really dries out the crevices in the hoof and opens them up to air and combats thrush and other greeblies. If a horse has a sensitive sole, Durasole treats that too.

But oily hoof dressings? I think they are just selling snake oil. Sure it looks pretty, but I personally don't think it does much else. If I put something on a hoof, I want it to do something like kill thrush and fungus.

But hey, prove me wrong. If you can give me a hoof dressing that also actually kills greeblies I would be open to using it. But I have had horses for close to 20 years and only used hoof dressing the first couple of years. And then I was like, WHY am I buying this stuff???

My horses are barefoot and have strong feet. I really think it's due to the protein in the alfalfa and the fact they are not on pasture. Other than some occasional treatment for hoof greeblies, occasional trimming and frequent rasping, that is just about all the care they need to stray strong and healthy.

Maybe stall kept horses need hoof dressing??? But my guys are in the mud, muck and pee as much as any stall kept horse so I don't know.
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