Originally Posted by loosie
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. Posted via Mobile Device
I second this. Andrew Bowe from Mayfield is a qualified Master Farrier (traditional type shoeing and trimming) as well as a barefoot trimmer. He knows what he is on about. He has some awesome ideas about hoof rehabilitation. I went to a lecture he did and he was amazing. He has successfully rehabilitated laminitic horses (full on Pedal bone rotation - as in it was sticking out the sole of the hoof). He has case studies on his website. He also comes over to WA occasionally :)
Introduce a variety of surfaces to your paddocks or laneways if possible, pea gravel, rubber matting, compacted dirt, rocks... It will help stimulate the frog, digital cushion and sole.
Also contact Victoria Ferguson (The Country Herbalist - Victoria Ferguson - Home
). Quite often weak hooves are a result of a mineral imbalance. She should be able to help tweak your horses diet and it will hopefully have an improvement on his hooves. This is speaking from experience. My TB had alright feet but a dry coat. Since being on one of her diets, his coat is starting to shine through the layer of dirt he is covered in and my farrier has commented that his new hoof growth is looking pretty good. It will take a while for his hoof to grow out and the effects to be seen fully, but so far, so good. AND the best part? It's pretty much costing me the same to feed her diet as it did to feed him what I used to feed. :)