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Favorite hoof conditioner?

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  • Pea gravel hoof conditioning
  • Fieblings hoof conditioner

View Poll Results: Favorite hoof conditioner
Hooflex 2 7.41%
Vita hoof 0 0%
Shur hoof 0 0%
Horse shoers secret 0 0%
Cut-heal hoof heal 0 0%
Fiebings 0 0%
Fiskes 0 0%
I don't use hoof conditioner 18 66.67%
Other (please state) 7 25.93%
Voters: 27. You may not vote on this poll

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    04-01-2013, 08:30 AM
  #1
Foal
Favorite hoof conditioner?

Which do you prefer? I know that a healthy horse will most likely (with some exceptions) have healthy hooves, but my guys always have dry hooves when they change pastures for summer. I've used hooflex and Fieblings (sp?), but I'm running low, sooo.. What one do you like best?
     
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    04-01-2013, 09:26 AM
  #2
Foal
Bump bump bump
     
    04-01-2013, 09:44 AM
  #3
Yearling
None. Plain ol water and good diet combined with proper trimming.

Dry feet are good. If its really exceptionally dry as a drought and the hoof can't be properly trimmed and is holding false sole because of it, I give the horse a good bath and let him stand in the shade in his puddle to dry. When he's about dry but his fetlocks are still wet, the hoof will be damp enough to trim.

Hoof conditioners do at best nothing and at worst actually harm the horn.
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    04-01-2013, 09:48 AM
  #4
Super Moderator
I voted Other.
Good hooves come from the inside out, like you said.
I use the concentrated Horseshoer's Secret with high levels of Biotin and extra Copper and Zinc to round out my horse's diet. He is barefoot and has beautiful hooves!
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    04-01-2013, 10:03 AM
  #5
Foal
Interesting! Starting to second guess buying another bottle...
     
    04-01-2013, 10:06 AM
  #6
Trained
Same here....balanced diet and water, if needed.
     
    04-01-2013, 10:45 AM
  #7
Started
Yes, hoof topicals are a gimmick. The hoof only absorbs from the sole. Don't waste your money.
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    04-01-2013, 11:54 AM
  #8
Banned
I don't waste my money on hoof dressings they don't work.

Like others said diet and proper trimming. Not claiming my horses hoofs are in great shape cause their not.
     
    04-02-2013, 04:40 AM
  #9
Trained
Can I say 'other'?? - the other being pea gravel, a pretty good hoof conditioner IME, or otherwise living on hard, dry, rough ground.

As Trinity has said, dry is good - it's the wet that's problematic. But if your horse has 'shelly' or 'peeling' or 'superficial cracks to the walls, chances are diet & nutrition could be better.
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    04-02-2013, 12:21 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Pretty much, if your horse has bad hooves its most likely diet and water related, some pea gravel near the water or soem other place they have to walk every day helps also. Healthy hooves come from the inside out, not the outside in. Your horses might benifit from some added vitamins, or a better quality feed or ration balancer.
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