Justhorsin, good points re *correct* trimming & nutrition, but a couple of details I'd like to clarify...
Originally Posted by justhorsinaround1 View Post
Don't skim out on grain, that's where they get their vitamins and minerals from.
No, they don't get much from that actually. Phosphorus is high in grain & they do get some other minerals, but little at all in the way of vitamins so to speak - anything dried/processed has lost most of it's vitamin content. Grain is also very high in starch, which isn't great for horses(or ultimately their hooves), and if not well processed, is difficult for the horse to digest, especially if not fed little & often. Therefore I'd avoid grain all together unless absolutely necessary, in favour of a healthier alternative, if extra energy was required.
Try a feed with extra biotin. Biotin helps hoove growth. ....If you do everything correctly and are still having a problem you're gonna have to do what I did and that's put your horse on a hoove supplement.
Agree that biotin is one vitamin that helps hooves grow. But it is but one nutrient of many that are likely to be imbalanced/deficient that effect the feet & therefore may need to be supp'd. If you are 'doing everything correctly' you should be feeding the horse well balanced nutrition. Therefore you wouldn't need extra supplements(even if you're having issues). If your horse isn't getting a balanced diet, he likely will need *an appropriate* supp, hoof or otherwise.
It depends on what he's getting already in his diet as to what he may need, so no one supp is going to be the best to fit everyone's bill - best to do at least a basic diet analysis so you can choose the *appropriate & needed* nutrients to add, rather than just feeding some supplement willy nilly. I highly recommend feedxl.com as a service which allows you to 'do it yourself' diet analysis & then work out the ideal diet for any horse & situation.
Yes dressings do not change the health of the hooves, nor do they 'fix' the problem, but they can help if you use them regularly.
I don't get how you can agree they don't do anything to improve health, but say they can help, unless you're just talking cosmetically. I disagree thoroughly that they can prevent cracks & the impervious outer layer of wall can't absorb moisture, or need it. If hoof oils & such were just harmless, I wouldn't think it matters, but especially if there are cracks &/or infection present, they can actually do further harm, by improving the environment the bugs want to party in.[/quote]