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post #1 of 56 Old 06-13-2011, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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Cracks in hoof...supplement suggestion

Is there a supplement out there that people have tried that actually helps with cracked hooves that makes the cracks go away. Im looking for some suggestions. I have tried hoof supplements in the past but I dont know what would be the best for the cracks in hoof.
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Hi,

A good quality complete nutritional supplement or grain free 'ration balancer', or even better, do a diet analysis so you can ensure you're supplementing the horse with precisely what it needs. There are specific hoof-related supps, & cheaper supposedly 'complete' ones, but in my experience they often lack necessary ingredients or quantities, so analyse them carefully. Single ingreds, such as biotin(not often too lacking anyway), magnesium, seaweed, etc only give one out of many nutritnets that could be lacking/imbalanced. As the hooves are just epidermis, feeding the whole horse properly will ensure the hooves are well fed too.

Diet, as opposed to just nutrition, can influence the feet and grainy, sugary feed or even too much rich grass, or too much feed & a too heavy horse can negatively effect the feet. feedxl.com & safergrass.org are good resources.

Cracks often(usually?) start at the ground surface and are caused by bad mechanics - long hoof walls, flares, incorrect balance, etc. No amount of correct nutrition is likely to fix these unless the mechanics are taken care of also. If you think this may be a problem, or if you're not sure, you can post some hoof pics, as some of us here may be able to give you a better idea about the trouble.
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Our farrier told us to put jello in the feed of our horse to help strengthen his hooves. Not sure if it works yet or not but it might be wortha shot for you.

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I swear by Farrier's Formula! Without it my mare's right front will have a huge crack.
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post #5 of 56 Old 06-13-2011, 02:56 PM
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I have the best results with Biotin.

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post #6 of 56 Old 06-13-2011, 02:59 PM
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I love Focus HF. I've also used RainMaker, but I'm more for feeding correctly to help hooves. Plus, remember it's not an overnight thing. I'm in a struggle with my new filly's feet, because they're in really bad shape and I don't know when they were even trimmed last, so they've broken off too short. Good luck.
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Are the cracks new? It may be too much wetness/dryness. If hooves too dry see if you can provide someplace for horse to moisturize hooves (muddy spot in pasture). If too wet see if you can turn out on drier pasture.

Is horse getting a good all-around Vitamin like Mare Plus ?(I've always used that for gelding as well as mares) If not you might want to start on that, otherwise it's hard to say which supplements will work and which ones will not since it's related (in part) to nutrition - what feed horse is getting, part of the country horse is in, etc.

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Well I just got the horse and the previous owner said she had him on a hoof supplement. I well have to ask what she had him on. Ill dig up a picture tonight
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Hi,

A good quality complete nutritional supplement or grain free 'ration balancer', or even better, do a diet analysis so you can ensure you're supplementing the horse with precisely what it needs. There are specific hoof-related supps, & cheaper supposedly 'complete' ones, but in my experience they often lack necessary ingredients or quantities, so analyse them carefully. Single ingreds, such as biotin(not often too lacking anyway), magnesium, seaweed, etc only give one out of many nutritnets that could be lacking/imbalanced. As the hooves are just epidermis, feeding the whole horse properly will ensure the hooves are well fed too.

Diet, as opposed to just nutrition, can influence the feet and grainy, sugary feed or even too much rich grass, or too much feed & a too heavy horse can negatively effect the feet. feedxl.com & safergrass.org are good resources.

Cracks often(usually?) start at the ground surface and are caused by bad mechanics - long hoof walls, flares, incorrect balance, etc. No amount of correct nutrition is likely to fix these unless the mechanics are taken care of also. If you think this may be a problem, or if you're not sure, you can post some hoof pics, as some of us here may be able to give you a better idea about the trouble.
Since this thread is about like the one I was going to post, I hope you don't mind Ladybugsgirl if I add my pics to the mix.

What are your thoughts on this crack? Fixable? Treatment? It looks like a really old crack.



I've emailed these to my farrier, but haven't heard back yet.
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Hi raidress,

That looks like it's what's left from an old injury or such. It could be just a scar line which will always stay. If it's just a groove(hard to tell) I wouldn't worry about it. If it's actually a crack, which it appears it could be but doesn't look deep at all, there might be a bit of infection in there perpetuating it. In that case, paring it out(just only so far in as it needs) and/or treating the infection by soaking in a solution of copper sulphate or such will hopefully be all that's needed.

The other minor cracks, past the half way mark on this hoof are what dietary/nutritional issues can look like. If the top of the hoof is anything to go by, it seems that she's been on a better diet for the last few months at least.

There are some imbalances/flaring in that hoof, that it would be helpful to address too, although I guess they're not effecting the crack at present. If you'd like a general critique on the horse's feet, more info & more pics would be good. See Good Hoof Photos - How to take Good Hoof Photos to learn about good critique pix
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