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post #1 of 11 Old 07-12-2011, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question Hoof Crack and Calmness

Ok first thing I have a BIG thing about is hoof crack, I know its caused by a too brittle or too soft hoof. My pony gets wee cracks every now and again and I wanna know how to prevent hoof crack cause I just dread my Harry getting it. He has 4 shoes and I give his hooves a quick rinse before and after excersise because I just don't want them drying out too much but I dunno how much, often or how long to wash them for. Anyway, what everyday or regular things can I do? I heard putting hoof moisturiser on or something can help.

Another thing is, Harry got a wee nick on his leg in the field...2-3 days ago about 1cm long, I'm not sure cause I couldn't get up to see him 3 days ago. Anyway it seems to be healing fine but since 2 days ago he has become strangely calm, this could be completely unrelated but hes happy just to walk around now and his trot is much more relaxed where as he used to be eager to get trotting and then always trying to canter. It could also be because 3 horses are in with him now where as he was out by himself before and they are probably keeping him busy. He just seems lazy to be honest but I just wanna know what you think, he eats like..a horse..as usual and seems bright so its probably just me being paranoid.
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Hosing the hooves is probably the last thing you want to do. All that's going to do is get the hoof wet, which will make it momentarily expand only to dry out and contract again. This contributes to working the nails loose and then you end off with thrown shoes and an angry farrier. If anything, you should be covering the hooves with vaseline or something else that doesn't let water in so they don't get any water penetration.

What to put on them depends on your climate. For moist to wet areas, a good hoof hardener such as Keratix Hoof Hardener or Hoof Gel has been working very well for me. For more dry areas, something like Hoof Alive or Mane 'n Tail Hoof Conditionor work well for keeping the hoof at the appropriate moisture level. Don't use anything in the hoof oil family. It just makes for soupy hooves.

I switch between the two types of products since my area quickly switches from way too wet to way too dry. It seems to work well for my horse.

Keep in mind, moisture isn't the only thing that contributes to cracks. Long toes can do it too due to the stress being put onto the front of the hoof.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Hosing the hooves is probably the last thing you want to do. All that's going to do is get the hoof wet, which will make it momentarily expand only to dry out and contract again. This contributes to working the nails loose and then you end off with thrown shoes and an angry farrier. If anything, you should be covering the hooves with vaseline or something else that doesn't let water in so they don't get any water penetration.

What to put on them depends on your climate. For moist to wet areas, a good hoof hardener such as Keratix Hoof Hardener or Hoof Gel has been working very well for me. For more dry areas, something like Hoof Alive or Mane 'n Tail Hoof Conditionor work well for keeping the hoof at the appropriate moisture level. Don't use anything in the hoof oil family. It just makes for soupy hooves.

I switch between the two types of products since my area quickly switches from way too wet to way too dry. It seems to work well for my horse.

Keep in mind, moisture isn't the only thing that contributes to cracks. Long toes can do it too due to the stress being put onto the front of the hoof.
I dunno its like Summer at the moment so its dry, so I would be best getting like one for wet weather and one for dry weather? Ok, I just saw cracks in his hooves and like I had read somewhere that someone washed their horses hooves and put ice or something on them? I dunno but I'll stop doing that now that I know it doesn't help lol
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hoof cracks can also be caused by lack of protein in their diet. what does he eat ?

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Uh I was told to NEVER use any product that's petrolium jelly based on the hoof......and that hoof moisturisers well they generally suck lol and it just makes us the human feel better slathering that stuff all over thier hooves because then they look pretty XD. Here's a link you should read: High Performance Hoof Care - Hoof Dressings

Oh and a healthy hoof comes from within, feed him a balanced diet and keep your horse properly hydrated is key to great feet =)
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TRY A FEED THRU HOOF SUPPLEMENT!! :)
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I just use the vasoline at bath time to keep the water from getting to the hoof. It gets taken off after. Yes, petrolium is bad since it keeps the hoof from breathing. It just happens to be a great water barrier.

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post #8 of 11 Old 07-14-2011, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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hoof cracks can also be caused by lack of protein in their diet. what does he eat ?
Nope theres plenty of protein in the feed he gets, he lives on the grass all day and gets Spillers Conditioning Mix which is like 15% protein.
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I've been given something called Hydrophane Hoof Oil, I've seen a few people using this stuff so I'm hoping this will help. As for the calmness he was just him being lazy it turns out lol, he was fine yesterday.
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do you feed him the reccomended ammount of feed ?

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