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  • Who uses hoof armour?
  • Hoof armor vs hoof hardner

 
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    03-26-2011, 09:20 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Putting oil or conditioner on the bottoms will make her feet softer. I would use Hoof Heal on just the outside of the hoof 2-3 times a week during dry months. Do not use it more often than that.

Ask your farrier/trimmer to show you how to touch up your mare's hooves between trims. You want to round the edges off when you see them growing too long or flaring out. Your farrier/trimmer should be able to show you what to look for and how to correct it enough to prevent chipping between trims.

Make sure your mare is on a 4-5 week trimming schedule during the spring, summer, and fall to prevent chipping and cracking.

As for toughening the bottoms, I would use Durasole and work your mare on rough/hard ground as often as possible, starting slow/easy and working more as she toughens up. If she is stalled, get her on as much turnout time as possible, preferably in a paddock/pasture with some rocky/hard areas that she'll have to go through.

If she just won't toughen up, ask your farrier/trimmer about Hoof Armor as a possibly protectant for the bottoms of her feet.
     
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    03-26-2011, 11:15 PM
  #12
Trained
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
If she just won't toughen up, ask your farrier/trimmer about Hoof Armor as a possibly protectant for the bottoms of her feet.
Hey Luvs2 (& OP), I think that hoof armour is just a kevlar based coating, that will help reduce wear, but won't actually protect thin/weak soles & frogs. Vettec Sole Guard is one product I know of that will protect as well.

As *correct* hoof function is important in rehab or developing strong feet and comfort is important to allow correct function, I think protecting their feet until such time as they're strong enough to *comfortably* make heel first impacts bare, rather than just riding on rocky ground & hoping they'll toughen is generally best.
     
    06-01-2011, 07:00 AM
  #13
Foal
I used keratex hoof hardener for hoof cracks and it really worked, hooves and soles toughened.
It is only used on the sole and lower half of the hoof.It is used daily for a week,the twice.
     
    06-10-2011, 04:23 PM
  #14
Foal
Hoof Armor

What about Hoof Armor? Through field testing it is recognized that Hoof Armor can be used on the sole, frog (not commissures), heel bulbs and up onto the hoof wall. It is an abrasive resistant coating that is applied. It does help protect the hoof while it grows stronger. With some horses the relief is immediate, with others, until they grow a thicker sole it takes longer for the horse to show reduced sensitivity. When horses are allowed to go barefoot they can actually feel where they are placing their feet. That sensation, until experienced for a time, will be new to both you and your horse. I am in agreement with Loosie with regards to trimming. You need to keep the sole and the hoof wall on the same plane. That will reduce chipping.
     
    06-12-2011, 12:31 AM
  #15
Trained
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Originally Posted by Hoof Armor    
It does help protect the hoof while it grows stronger. With some horses the relief is immediate, ....When horses are allowed to go barefoot they can actually feel where they are placing their feet..... You need to keep the sole and the hoof wall on the same plane. That will reduce chipping.
Hi! Gathering from your user name, you know a fair bit about the product When I said it doesn't protect the hoof I meant that in order for stone bruises etc not to happen/be felt, the sole/frog needs to be thicker & stronger(ie they need to *grow* better), whereas in my understanding, hoof armour only helps 'protect' the hoof from excess wear(?) Horses have a lot of touch receptors in their soles, particularly the frogs, which can be compromised with shoeing or other causes of lack of circulation/function. As you have said, a barefoot horse can feel their feet. Do you think cases of 'immediate releif' may be just because the coating has reduced feeling?

Re trimming, yes, it depends on hoof health, environment etc, but often well trimmed hooves mean the inner walls(outer walls should be rolled) do end up level with the outer sole plane. They shouldn't generally be too much higher than it at any rate.
     
    07-05-2011, 12:18 PM
  #16
Foal
LOL...I do know a fair amount about Hoof Armor. Hoof Armor can be applied to the sole, frog, heel bulbs and up onto the front of the hoof to about where nail holes would be on a shod horse. It does help prevent wear but in doing so allows the sole to grow thicker. Hoof Armor is very flexible but yet helps negate the effects of rough terrain. Kind of like a moccasin as opposed to bare feet. So Hoof Armor has two-fold qualities. It also has an anti-microbial property to it. When Hoof Armor was used at the 2011 President’s Cup Race in Abu Dhabi, the individual who placed 20th was using Hoof Armor in addition to boots for one leg of the race when the terrain was extra rocky. It would seem to me that boots would not allow the natural expansion and contraction of the foot as Hoof Armor does due to its snug nature. I think of the use of Hoof Armor as a change in philosophy by the horse owner in desiring the healthiest state for their horse’s feet while adding a protective coating. During the summer Hoof Armor helps to maintain a positive moisture balance in the foot and in the winter keeps the ice packing from building up in the hoof.

As far as trimming is concerned, I do like to see the sole on the ground as much as possible depending on breed and genetics. I believe a trim should be done based on the entire horse and not just based on a standardized trim format.

Thanks so much for your response! Best, Brenda Jo
     
    07-06-2011, 12:30 AM
  #17
Foal
Totally agree with Northern Mama.

I find too many people load lotions and oils on their horses feet which set off the natural moisture balance of the hoof. In my personal opinion, good feed come from consistany adequate trimming and a hoof-friendly diet.
     
    07-06-2011, 04:18 AM
  #18
Trained
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Originally Posted by Hoof Armor    
I believe a trim should be done based on the entire horse and not just based on a standardized trim format.
Yep, along with considerations of environment & 'work', I reckon. Thanks for the info.
     
    07-10-2011, 07:41 PM
  #19
Trained
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Originally Posted by jellymellie    
reported that their horses have gone from marked lameness (where the horse is reluctant to weight bare at all) to being sound within 4 days.......and they havenít had to dig out the site,
Not saying the stuff is necessarily useless or anything, but the above is not much of an argument, as that happens all the time. If an abscess goes on for more than a few days or so, there's often something else going on too IME. I don't advise 'digging' for abscesses either. Not to mention hoof cracks & weak & crumbling walls take more than topicals, unless perhaps(which I can't recall ever seeing) infection was the sole reason for the problems.
     
    07-10-2011, 09:20 PM
  #20
Trained
Love Keratix hoof hardener. For a stronger foot from the inside, I feed Horseshoer's Secret.
     

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