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    04-28-2012, 11:44 AM
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Foal
BEST hoof supplement?

The lovely horse I'm leasing and looking at buying has notoriously bad hooves. Not awful, but not too healthy looking. She has a history of mild abscesses and throwing shoes. Her new hoof growth seems dry and scaly, and she gets cracks and breaks easily. I want to start her in eventing, so I need to get her hooves stronger and generally healthier.

I know I'll want to put her on a supplement, but the huge question is - which one??? It seems that there are dozens of good hoof supplements and hardeners out there, each of which hundreds of people swear by. So how do I pick which one my horse needs? Ingredient-wise, is one superior? (I know that biotin and amino acids are good to look for, and iron is bad.)

Also, I'd like for the supplement I pick to be affordable, but I really don't want to go months and months buying new supplements trying to find which one works best, just to find out that I should have picked the more expensive one all along.

Thanks so much for any help/advice you can provide!
     
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    04-28-2012, 04:09 PM
  #2
Trained
I'm sure everyone will give you a different answer since we all have different horses. I personally like Horseshoer's Secret for a feed through supplement.
     
    04-28-2012, 04:52 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I curious what others have to say. I just started the gray mare on Horseshoer's Secret this week via recommendation from my shoer. We have hell keeping shoes on her and if not reshod immediately all of her wall breaks off and there is nothing to nail to.
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    04-28-2012, 04:57 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
I curious what others have to say. I just started the gray mare on Horseshoer's Secret this week via recommendation from my shoer. We have hell keeping shoes on her and if not reshod immediately all of her wall breaks off and there is nothing to nail to.
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Gah! Me too! I just had the farrier out and went a few weeks too long and had a lot of wall breakage. He had to make clips to help the nails because he had to leave two per back foot out, nowhere to nail!! I am going to try the horseshoer's secret, it seems to be what everyone I have asked recommends.

Cowchick, keep me posted to your progress, pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!
     
    04-28-2012, 05:20 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by nvr2many    
Gah! Me too! I just had the farrier out and went a few weeks too long and had a lot of wall breakage. He had to make clips to help the nails because he had to leave two per back foot out, nowhere to nail!! I am going to try the horseshoer's secret, it seems to be what everyone I have asked recommends.

Cowchick, keep me posted to your progress, pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!
I feel your pain! All the others can go barefoot or lose shoes..no big deal. But Gracie has to be done every 6 six weeks on the dot. She lost shoes a couple of weeks ago, shoer was in MO so she couldn't come out right away, she broke a bunch of her wall off, 4 nails on the front left, 5 on the right...I have duct tape and rubbler bell boots on her to keep from jerking them off on accident. Shoer will be here Tuesday, to redo everyone and we are going to use some fiberglass filler to hopefully help. Last summer had the same problem, too dry, now it's too wet!

So now we are going the supplement route, I will definitely keep you updated! Unfortunately it probably will be 6 months before her feet grow out enough to nail to the new supplemented stuff. But Im keeping my fingers crossed!

Good Luck and let me know how your does on it too!
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    04-28-2012, 05:23 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
I feel your pain! All the others can go barefoot or lose shoes..no big deal. But Gracie has to be done every 6 six weeks on the dot. She lost shoes a couple of weeks ago, shoer was in MO so she couldn't come out right away, she broke a bunch of her wall off, 4 nails on the front left, 5 on the right...I have duct tape and rubbler bell boots on her to keep from jerking them off on accident. Shoer will be here Tuesday, to redo everyone and we are going to use some fiberglass filler to hopefully help. Last summer had the same problem, too dry, now it's too wet!

So now we are going the supplement route, I will definitely keep you updated! Unfortunately it probably will be 6 months before her feet grow out enough to nail to the new supplemented stuff. But Im keeping my fingers crossed!

Good Luck and let me know how your does on it too!
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Ah, my farrier suggested this filler the next time if he didn't see improvement. What the heck!!??? I have had this guy for a year and we got him into shape and I started riding him more and look what happened!! Gah, I do not like this!!! My other guy, not a problem, his hooves are hard as nails!!! Go figure!
     
    04-28-2012, 10:45 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Cowchick, are you using the regular formula or the concentrate??
     
    04-28-2012, 10:48 PM
  #8
Started
I use Biotime, my farrier recommended it, he uses it on most of his horses, and my horse's feet have improved tremdously; he thinks so too.
     
    04-28-2012, 10:53 PM
  #9
Trained
I feed Biotin Crumbles for their hooves and coat.
     
    04-28-2012, 11:00 PM
  #10
Showing
Interested in responses on this one; my gelding requires shoes and front pads, so I'm looking into something to help strengthen his hooves.
     

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