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  • What will help to harden the hoof of a horse
  • Iodine to harden hooves

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    08-06-2013, 05:25 AM
  #1
Green Broke
Harden up!!

My Ottb has very weak feet, my farrier has suggested that if I'm going to do a lot of hard ground work (which is more then likely he's going to be my eventer next year), I'm gong to need to fully shoe him, now I'm not to keen on this option because its pretty exxy

He currently has 2 fronts on reasons for
a)he has a club hoof, front right pretty sure
And b) I've always only ever done fronts.

I'm looking on something I can add to his food, put on his feet or something I can even wave my arms around and say abra car dar bra, if that will work

Now keep in mind people I'm over in aus, so no point suggestion American/British brand products that I may not be able to get over here (unless they do online and post overseas)
     
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    08-06-2013, 06:37 AM
  #2
Yearling
Neatsfoot oil worked wonders on toughening up my boys feet. Brushed it on thick 3 times over a week, and it made a huge difference. In fact, the farrier actually said they were almost too hard when he came. It's great stuff, and you can use it on your tack too, so you won't waste it if it doesn't help his feet.
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    08-06-2013, 09:03 PM
  #3
Yearling
I think the best way to go is a supplement that contains biotin, methionine, and lysine.
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    08-07-2013, 04:13 AM
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Trained
What's his story, age, management, diet, etc? Any chance of hoof pics? Why do you shoe only his fronts? Why do you shoe for a 'club'?

Look at Mayfield Barehoof Care Centre Home Page for more info & also possibly local well qualified help if necessary. A low carb/grain, well balanced diet with extra magnesium will be a start. Agree w above on other specific nutrients. If he has very weak feet, there may be probs you may need to help him get over before just trying to 'toughen him up'. Until they're healthy at least, boots or such may be a better option than shoes.
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    08-07-2013, 04:20 AM
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I have been told to use Copper Sulfate mixed with Stockholm Tar and apply that to the bottom of the hoof every day, I have seen it work very well though I have never used it myself.

For my big boy, I spray Stock Iodine (that we spray on umbilical cords of calves) onto his hooves and that worked a treat, he used to abscess really bad and this winter *touchwood* I have had no abscesses at all. I make sure to only get it on the bottom of his hooves, I don't bring it up the wall at all or near the coronet band. And I stand him either on concrete, or some other dry surface until his hooves are dry with iodine
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    08-08-2013, 06:38 PM
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Add a biotin supplement to his feed. Keep in mind it will take a bit for healthy hoof to grow out. In the us we have Farriers Formula, might be able to get it there.
     
    08-17-2013, 09:22 AM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by loosie    
What's his story, age, management, diet, etc? Any chance of hoof pics? Why do you shoe only his fronts? Why do you shoe for a 'club'?

Look at Mayfield Barehoof Care Centre Home Page for more info & also possibly local well qualified help if necessary. A low carb/grain, well balanced diet with extra magnesium will be a start. Agree w above on other specific nutrients. If he has very weak feet, there may be probs you may need to help him get over before just trying to 'toughen him up'. Until they're healthy at least, boots or such may be a better option than shoes.
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8 year old OTTB, last race was July last year, then he was chucked out into a paddock for 6 months for spelling time and the I acquired him.
I think I mainly shoe fronts from habit. Old horse needed them otherwise his. Front feet would go splayed and the farrier suggested fronts as well for the club hoof and its a bit cheaper then all 4's.
I can get pics tomorrow of feet :)


Thanks guys for the suggestions though :) I'm going to look into minerals and that.

Holly bubbles- I've heard that before about the tar, I might just try that :)
     
    08-17-2013, 12:21 PM
  #8
Yearling
I have a friend with a horse with feet that splay. It was shocking how much splay there was. I just rolled the edges back, and 2 weeks later, I rolled them again. Since then, she'd ask others if I had worked on her horse's feet anymore. They knew I would not unless owner was present. It was because that small adjustment made all the difference in the world.

So I wonder if that would work with your horse? Rolling the edges real well every 2 weeks? It really holds a foot together.
     
    08-17-2013, 11:05 PM
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Trained
I don't mean to be picky, I am just slow on the up-take. What is your definition of "weak"...they crack easily, they are soft, he is ouchy...?
     
    08-17-2013, 11:15 PM
  #10
Banned
A lot of hoof problems are related to diet and how their kept.
     

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