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post #1 of 8 Old 07-20-2012, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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hoof dressing

I have been using an excellent hoof dressing- absorbine hooflex natural. It is not sticky and is helping tremendously on dry pinched up heels and creates a nice density on the soles great stuff!
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-20-2012, 08:35 PM
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wow they still make that? I used it for the last time in 1977.
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We are in a severe drought here in s.e Wis. This is the first time I have used hoof dressing in 15 years. It has worked nicely and quickly to relieve hard dry heels. I have read many studies on hoof dressings and farriers all contradicting each other. Since I rarely buy hoof dressing I wouldn't know when it came out. Big step up from greasy caked creams and ultra sticky tar stuff.
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I don't know why you'd want to 'relieve' nice dry, hard heels anyway.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-21-2012, 08:27 PM
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Back in time...1975...

I had a farrier that figured out to make hoof dressing presentable and useful for human women. He went about marketing it as a human nail conditioner and the last I heard of him some of the animal product companies also picked up his recipe. If he's still out there I imagine he's sitting on a gulf coast beach with a Margarita in his hand smiling.

He was an awesome farrier, did a lot of work on NY racetracks and on the east end of LI.
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Thanks for the article. A long time ago we tried using a hoof dressing (linseed oil based if I remember) because a lot of people said it was good to do and it did make them look very nice (i.e. no good reason). I noticed after a while, though, that one of our mares started getting more surface cracks and some peeling of the outer hoof that had never happened before. Needless to say, I kicked myself in the butt for violating my 'keep it simple' horse care rule and the bottle of hoof oil is still sitting on a shelf in our barn as a reminder
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Two days sole pack. Follow up a couple of days hoof dressing- back in business.hoof dressing isn't meant to be used long term. It has its purpose.
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