Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Middle of the USA!
Cracking, Chipping, Weak White Hooves
So, my mare has some weak hooves! When I purchased her last summer, she had a little crack that gradually got bigger. The farrier suggested Rainmaker, so I used that for a while and that combined with the farrier's work took care of the crack.
Now, she has a light case of thrush, so I am washing her hooves out with Dawn every night, making sure they are dry, and then putting her back in a clean stall. Her stall is being cleaned twice a day.
She has a chip in her right fore hoof now! I feel like I need to do something about it. I talked with my trainer/BM, and she suggested a supplement with biotin in it. However, she could not recommend one to me as she hasn't had any horses with this problem before. Some of it may have to do with Grace's hooves being mostly white.
Grace is fed good hay, a beet pulp/soybean meal mash in the morning, a little grain twice a day, and pasture several hours a day when it's not too wet outside. She also gets turned out in an indoor with really nice footing: a sand/shredded tire/dirt mixture. I work/ride her in said arena no more than four days a week, though we are slowly transitioning toward more. Oh, she is barefoot: never had shoes. And she's 5. I can try to get pictures tomorrow night if that would help.
Anyway, is there anyone else who has had a similar problem? What supplement do you suggest I try, and is there a conditioner of some kind that would help as well?
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