How to get my horses hooves tougher?

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    11-07-2011, 03:33 PM
How to get my horses hooves tougher?

I just adopted a 4 year old paint. He was living in Houston where they have mainly sandy loam soil but where I live in Austin we have rocky soil that is very hard on his feet since he just recovered from a fungal infection in both of his back hooves.

The other day he tripped and hurt his back right leg and I put him on stall rest to keep it from getting worse sense he lives in a rocky paddock with two other younger geldings (He is the mellow one so he tends to get pushed around).

I do not want to resort to putting shoes on him. I was just wondering if anyone here has any ideas on how to toughen up his feet or many be a good hoof boot he could wear. Could you give me any ideas on cheaper alternatives to shoes.

Much appreciated!
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    11-07-2011, 03:43 PM
Keep your horse's feet as DRY as possible, ALWAYS. Moist environments destroy hooves. I would even suggest that you clean, dry and bandage the back hooves with disposable diapers and duct tape every day in the stall, to help them heal. (You learn how to use the right amount of duct tape, by trial and error.) When he's healed try to walk him as much as possible on the gravel in the driveway of your stable. Don't ride him on it, however. It's been extremely dry in Texas, so I wonder if somebody kept him in a stall and didn't keep it clean. =/ You can fix this, however. =D
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    11-07-2011, 06:04 PM

Yes, I believe he was kept in a stall before I got him also he was in Houston which is very humid so that may have been the case. Also, I took him out the stall today because he was very restless and ready to get back with his buddies. It's beginning to become rainy now so I will try what you said if I can still do it while he is turned out since he does not come back to a stall unless he hurts himself again.

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