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!