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    04-29-2012, 12:08 AM
I just started Sky on Source Focus HF

OP, and those struggling to nail down a good one..

Hoof Supplements at a Glance

Smartpak's chart was very helpful but my new farrier recommended Source Focus HF. I checked on the chart and it was really good in terms of price and what it has to offer. It complimented my horse's grain nicely (in terms of elements.) Don't want to overdue them!

:) Best of luck!

EDIT: OP it will take around ~6 months to see a significant difference in any hoof with any supplement. Just so you know!
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    04-29-2012, 12:21 AM
I started my big gelding and mare on Farrier's Formula Double Strength about 1.5 months ago. Granted it takes ~6months to see any real difference so I can't say much about the efficacy at this point. However, I will say that it's quite palatable which makes a difference for my gelding as unlike the spotted ones, he could care less about food sometimes.
    04-29-2012, 07:45 PM
Originally Posted by nvr2many    
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!
I know, it sucks! Same here.

Originally Posted by nvr2many    
cowchick, are you using the regular formula or the concentrate??
I bought the concentrate. I can get a 11 lb. Bucket for $28.95, I figure less waste. I have 3 other horses pastured with her so feeding her is a pain. I bought a nosebag so she is the only one getting the supplement, I want her to chow down fast before the others start picking at her.
    04-29-2012, 08:04 PM
I use Horseshoer's Secret and also apply RainMaker.
    04-29-2012, 08:15 PM
It was a daily chore but I simmered whole seed flax, about 1/2c in 3 cups of water. I'd soak them overnight then bring it just to a simmer then shut off the heat to allow to cool somewhat. The water turns to a thick gelatinous mass. I stirred it well and added approx 1/2 to his morning and nighttime feeding, mixed in to 2 lbs of senior's. By about 3 months there was a marked improvement in the new hoof quality. By the time he'd grown a new hoof it was better than he'd ever had, elastic and no more big chips. His coat improved as well. So all in all it was helping him overall.
    04-29-2012, 08:28 PM
I have always used FARRIERS FORMULA and will never change. My routine with horses with bad feet is the suppliment plus I use Forshers Hoof Packing ( Stays in till you take it out ) and I only grease the coronet band not the whole hoof. My horses have good strong hoofs with the method I use.
    04-29-2012, 08:39 PM
Originally Posted by TimberRidgeRanch    
plus I use Forshers Hoof Packing ( Stays in till you take it out ) and I only grease the coronet band not the whole hoof.
Hoof packing?
    04-29-2012, 11:56 PM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Hoof packing?
yes hoof packing its a thick almost like tar clay stuff you roll in your hands till its warmed up then you pack your horses cleaned hoof with it. It stays in till you pick it out. Its great for the feet. I love the stuff.
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    04-30-2012, 12:14 AM
Originally Posted by TimberRidgeRanch    
yes hoof packing its a thick almost like tar clay stuff you roll in your hands till its warmed up then you pack your horses cleaned hoof with it. It stays in till you pick it out. Its great for the feet. I love the stuff
Not to hijack the thread but what is its purpose and why do you want it to stay on your horse's soles?
Is it for shod horses only, or barefoot too? Noticed you have to pack it and then put paper on?? Why?

I'm not familiar with it, so just curious
    04-30-2012, 12:28 AM
I don't shoe my horses you don't need paper to keep it in. Its great for keeping the sole an frog from hardening and aids in helping to grow a better hoof. I use it on all my horses and it benefits them all. My horses have great feet.


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