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post #1 of 3 Old 07-21-2012, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Hardening soles?

Any suggestions for toughening up their soles. Dally's are super soft. We are battling thrush but up here it's a constant battle w/ any horse. When I had her trimmed, she did have a bruise, but it isn't bothering her, but the ferrier said she would probably bruise easily.

So other than ideas for toughening up her soles, any other suggestions would be appreciated
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-21-2012, 04:24 PM
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In no particular order:
Venice Turpentine
Keratix Hoof Hardener
Farriers Fix Hoof Oil
Tea Trea Oil
Vettec sole guard (this stuff ain't cheap, but it's great for adding a layer to an otherwise ouchy sole)

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I'd take the last 2 from Puck's list & ditch the rest. T-tree is a good remedy for thrush & Vettec or otherwise padding/booting will provide the horse with more protection & support for soles and frogs that are otherwise too weak.

If your horse's soles are thick & healthy but soft due to being constantly wet or such, changing the environment or at least providing a dry hangout area for them to spend some time on dry footing will help. If that's not possible, Putting lime or salt down or using soaking boots for a short period every day, with either salt, lime, or a very strong saline soak can help them combat the wet a bit.

If your horse is 'prone' to sole bruising, it is likely that his soles are too thin/flat and no amount of 'hardening' is going to address that. They don't need to be made harder, but *grow* thicker. That will come with good use, of which they need to be comfortable for & avoid further injury. Therefore padding feet to provide an extra layer of 'armour plate' is necessary.
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