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post #21 of 26 Old 05-15-2013, 11:51 PM
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Where does he live and how does he live? Its environment or trim 99.9% of the time. The other percent is diet related or just genetically poor hoof quality,.but ime, that is a blessed very very few. Most can be improved.
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post #22 of 26 Old 05-16-2013, 05:23 AM
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Hi;

How often do you change hoof picks, hoof brushes etc.? Do you clean them in between use?

I am just wondering because I started to toss my hoof pick after a week and saw improvement. I also started to bleach and rinse well my brushes that I use for the feet as well in between each hoof cleaning. (yes, I spend a lot of time at the barn).
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Where does he live and how does he live? Its environment or trim 99.9% of the time. The other percent is diet related or just genetically poor hoof quality,.but ime, that is a blessed very very few. Most can be improved.
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He lives outside 24/7. He hates his stall. Only time he comes in is to eat twice a day. His feet get picked once a day. He doesn't really live in total mud and muck. It's just a half grass half dirt paddock. It hasn't rained for quite some time before that so maybe the dry spell mixed with a whole dumping of rain had something to do with it.
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Another vote for the Dry Cow mastitis treatment. What's great is the tube that it's in. You have a little needle type nose that can get the medication into that crack. With the goo, you are just smearing it on the surface and not getting at the root of the problem. That crack has to heal from the inside out.
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Couple things that you can look into.

1. Paddock to me means a smallish space (considering a horse is meant to roam miles and miles a day) so the horse isnt moving about as much as would really be good for his feet. He isnt popping out the muck clods now and then self cleaning his foot as he moves about.

2. Dirt and grass means nothing abrasive cleaning out the foot. He isnt getting different surfaces to walk over conditioning and toughening his foot. Rocky areas help. Adding pea gravel pads that the horse must traverse several times a day help.

3. How to help these problems? Google paddock paradise. Clean dry and hard is good. Movement is great. Add some abrasive areas that must be navigated over a bit and you should have a winner and improving feet provided the trim is optimal.

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I bought a horse here recently that has thrush and was treating it with Listerine every afternoon after feeding and picking his feet. It started getting better so I went to every other day which was a mistake because we got into a lot of rain which made it hard to get his feet done with no concrete slab or dry area. I lapsed for about a week on doing it and it came back in full force.

I went to the Pete's Goo last week and cleaned them with dawn dish detergent before applying. After the cleaning and treatment session yesterday he is looking great. I no longer need to use the goo, but still clean them with dawn, dry them with a towel them saturate them with listerine. Give him plenty of time for the Listerine to dry in before turning him out. I will keep doing this every other day until I see no signs of thrush. I have also added in the other 4 horses, who do not have thrush, on the listerine treatment. I pick their feet then saturate them. Preventive maintenance.

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