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    10-06-2008, 12:43 PM
We were having problems with your horses hooves cracking something terrible. We have turned to a barefoot trimmer & have had nothing but great results. It's deeper then just him trimming the hooves. The owners of the horse play an important role in the horse hoove care. Most of the horses have fungal issues and have began soaking our horses at 3 x a week with 1 oz lysol concentrate to a gallon of water. We bought soaking boots & would so them for 20 minutes. Soon we dropped down to 1 once a week and some of use have now gone to just the maintance of 1 x a month with that soak. Our horse's hooves are looking better & improving. The barefoot trimmer has told us that "working" your horse is important to keep the blood flow moving & makes blood move through the hoof. He urged us not to them to death but said that keeping the horses moving will help with the improvement & he has been nothing but right so far. We have also improved our diets for the horses & the hooves have been improving as promised! There right diet plays an important role in heathy hooves.
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    10-06-2008, 12:58 PM
The diet is probably a bigger benifit then the barefoot trim... a healthy hoof comes from the inside ... a good balanced trim is a good balanced trim .. the barefoot part is a plus nothing different

Not all horses can go barefoot just like not all horses NEED shoes
    10-06-2008, 10:59 PM
northernmama: Biotin is that pellets, that I add to his food, if I can't find that what else should I try? I am keeping them clean,once a day I wash his hoofs and pick them out, dry them off and apply hooflex, there is no mud around here, just dry sand, I live in florida.
Biotin can be had in different forms. Check with your local feed dealer or vet. Personally, I would not use hooflex. Rather, try to keep an area where they actively walk very wet for them. The moisture in mud will help more IMO. Maybe near the water trough? Or salt block? Or somewhere they have to walk to get to shelter.
    10-07-2008, 07:44 AM
I agree with everyone else: it's a really bad trim.

My horses had HORRIBLE cracks in summer (much worse than those you posted). Obviously the farrier did a very bad job twice. So I did 2 things: 1st I changed the farrier, 2nd I added biotin and fatty acids in the diet (in addition to the pellets). I looked at different products (like horses secrets whatever) and didn't like the idea much, because all of them have bunch of other vitamins/minerals in (and too many of them in addition to the pelleted food which has minerals/vitamins too) is NOT good. So I found the product called Vita-biotin (it's pure biotin, no extra vitamins/minerals) and started to add it in diet once a day plus I got the oil to provide the fatty acids (as biotin doesn't do much by itself) like wheat/soy oil. All that is sold in our local stores, so no need to do the internet shopping.
    10-07-2008, 03:29 PM
Originally Posted by Peggysue    
The diet is probably a bigger benifit then the barefoot trim... a healthy hoof comes from the inside ... a good balanced trim is a good balanced trim .. the barefoot part is a plus nothing different

Not all horses can go barefoot just like not all horses NEED shoes
I agree I was not trying to "encourage" anyone towards a barefoot trimmer. I believe everyone does their own things they want to do & believe in for their horses. I was just trying to simply state my expreince with 'crack' hooves & problems this summer. TO EVERYONE: I am sorry if I came off as trying to "push" barefoot trimmers on you. I was agree with others in the fact that my trimmer said that "excersise" was good for them & that feed played an important role as well!
    10-07-2008, 09:19 PM
I found a great product, perrys hoof dressing, wow, this stuff seemed to work great, big improvement in just 5 days.i had the farrier out and he said the cracks were nothing to worry about for the most part.he trimmed and rasp them and they look great.
    10-07-2008, 09:37 PM
Can we get updated pics? I'd love to see!
    10-07-2008, 10:04 PM
I will post them tomorrow

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