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post #1 of 9 Old 06-01-2011, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Hoof growth after infection

My horse lost shoe 2 months ago, I checked her hooves and saw a crack on her hoof .Farrier checked and decided to strengthen it.He recommended keratex, I used it for 2 weeks and it worked well.The hoof became tough.However last week she started limping.My farrier checked it again and told that it was a fungal infection.Her hoof was a disaster and the cracks were going upwards. As a result we have been using Clean Trax for a week, it looks better and doesn’t smell as bad as before. But since the cracks won’t heal, I think of using supplements to make hoof grow faster.(The bottom half of the hoof is in terrible condition).Should I use hoof maker , mega-tek, etc?Which supplement do you suggest?
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-01-2011, 09:16 AM
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I am not sure a hoof supplement will make the hoof grow faster.
Good nutrition and proper movement will make the hoof grow better (and maybe a little faster, maybe).

Hoof supplements are like so many things in life, what works great for one horse does nothing for the next horse.
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You cannot heal the cracks, they will have to grow out. Your farrier can shoe the horse to support the hoof so the cracks do not impact soundness. They typically take up to a year to grow out 100%.
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She has shoes, according to farrier(as you say) shoe supports the hoof.
Vet. recommended hoofmaker and farriers formula but I didn't use them before
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My vet also recommended farriers formula for Mitchell on Tuesday (He has a hoof abcess) she said he needs biotin to help strengthen his hooves which should help prevent abcesses in future.. So something with a good source of Biotin would probably be a good start for your horse by the sounds of it.

As for the cracks, this won't make them disappear magically, but "Worlds Best Hoof Oil" is really good for cracks, it does help them to grow out better, and it also fills the gap a bit.

Otherwise, if the cracks are really big or whatnot, you could clean the hoof out (possibly soak, to get the crap out of the cracks, bearing in mind this will make the hoof softer for bit though) and fill the crack with stockholm tar or something similar, to stop mud and nasties getting in there while it's healing.

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I haven't heard of "Worlds Best Hoof Oil" before but there are lots of god comments about it.I might give it a try, thanks:)
The cracks are really big, I'll try to take a photo and upload.
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My farrier loves saying that protein, quality grass/hay, and warm weather make hooves grow like crazy. Mine needed a trim after 3 weeks when spring hit and he usually goes a couple of months easily.
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I use hoof supplements for horses that need it. Farrier's Formula and Nu Hoof Maximizer are two that I've had good luck with. Just keep in mind that it takes up to four months to see the results and, as mls said, up to a year to grow out completely.

I read an article yesterday that says topical hoof conditioners aren't very helpful, and can cause hoof infection by sealing bacteria and fungi against the hoof, creating the anaerobic environment they need to thrive. So I won't be using those anymore.
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-05-2011, 06:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all replies,
We discussed the problem with farrier and vet. because she got worse 2 days ago.She started to walk with a limp.They think the fungal infection ended with mechanic laminitis:((
So now the problem is bigger than hoof growth:((((
We injected antihistaminic,analgesic, biotin yesterday..
This morning she feels and steps better,I couldn't even believe my eyes..after one
injection she looks better, can it happen in the acute level of laminitis??
Thanks, Cigdem
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