How to harden the hoof?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Hoof Care

How to harden the hoof?

This is a discussion on How to harden the hoof? within the Hoof Care forums, part of the Horse Health category

Like Tree5Likes
  • 2 Post By SouthernTrails
  • 2 Post By farmpony84
  • 1 Post By jillybean19

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-24-2013, 08:32 AM
How to harden the hoof?

So basically there is a soft spot on bottom after farrier opened it up (to drain abscess). I put betadine and wrap it (although she keeps losing those "boots" all the time :( ). Is there anything else I can do to harden that spot or grow it back faster?
Sponsored Links
    07-24-2013, 08:52 AM

We always soaked our Horses foot in warm water with Epson Salts in the water twice a day, then applied betadine and wrapped with vet wrap then applied duck tape over the vet wrap, worked pretty well.

The place where the abscess was needs to air out, so we would only do the soaking and wrapping for 3-4 days, depending on the conditions of the ground (wet and muddy or dry) and how bad of an abscess it was. The soaking with epson salt water would continue for a few more day, but no wrapping after that

    07-24-2013, 10:05 AM
Super Moderator
You don't want the abscess area to close up too quickly because youd don't want to lock any debree in it. Sorry about the spelling.

Pine Tar is the age old remedy but I like this hoof dressing that smells like peppermint, it's called farriers somethingerother. I tried to look it up on the smartpak site but they are down.. :( It has stuff in it that fights thrush and hardens hoofs.
kitten_Val and SouthernTrails like this.
    07-24-2013, 11:14 AM
Interesting... Thanks, folks! Nick said to do betadine/wrap for about a week (which ends tomorrow). So I can just let her go without the wrap? My biggest concern (sorry, if it sounds silly) if she steps on something sharp with that spot (as I can't really remove ALL stones from the field :) ).
    07-24-2013, 11:23 AM
My horse has soft, thin soles so, once shod, we wedged cotton up under the shoe and soaked it with betadine. (My farrier wanted me to get 7% iodine, but not even my vet had that! But it's more potent and would be more effective. You do have to get it from a vet, though.)

The cotton thing and I weren't getting along, though, so I just got a spray bottle head and cleaned/sprayed the bottom of his hoof every day or every other day. He's finally showing signs of good, hard, and solid sole!
kitten_Val likes this.
    07-24-2013, 05:29 PM
Durasole is good stuff. I recommend cleaning the foot well and using a hair dryer on it to dry it out before applying so it soaks in well. Sadly, sole grows very slowly so you will just have to wait for regrowth and protect as needed.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Good hoof supplement and hoof care suggestions? RememberMeForThis99 Hoof Care 5 04-10-2013 09:03 PM
homemade hoof oil for chipping hoof? beverleyy Horse Health 6 01-03-2012 04:33 PM
Calling all hoof experts. Loosie? Ricci's hoof saga. riccil0ve Hoof Care 151 07-21-2011 05:16 AM
Gravel Dust stall footing..How to Harden?? EquestEquine Barn Maintenance 13 09-26-2010 07:49 PM
Back hoof clunking into front hoof...? twogeldings Horse Health 5 04-26-2009 01:40 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:53 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0