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    11-10-2011, 02:57 AM
Question Just went barefoot- Now chipping.

Well my horse Merlin got his racing shoes pulled and feet trimmed just over 2 weeks ago, and they were looking great after they were all trimmed. But now, his hooves are chipping away!...Is this part of the 'going barefoot' process? Anything I should be doing? The reason I chose to not have him shod again was so that his feet could toughen up. Any ways to strengthen the wall?
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    11-10-2011, 02:58 AM
Hoof supplements will help, but it will take a good year to see a significant effect. Can you post photos?
    11-10-2011, 03:06 AM
Rasping the edges to make them rounded may help but, as mentioned, pictures would be good.
    11-10-2011, 03:20 AM
Sorry I don't have any photos yet! Ill take some tomorrow and put them up. Can you suggest some hoof supplements that will help strengthen?
    11-10-2011, 03:24 AM
Depends on who you ask. My farrier (and vet) swear by HS-35, which is a general all-purpose supplement you add to plain oats. Takes care of all the vitamin/mineral needs. Others really like Farrier's Formula (or is it Farrier's Secret? Can't recall). I use something from US Animal Nutrition company. Biotin is the key ingredient when it comes to hoof strengthening.
    11-10-2011, 04:20 AM
Biotin is generally supplied in sufficient amounts from pasture, so pasture kept horses normally won't benefit from biotin only.

Other ingredients just as important are Zinc and Methionine.
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    11-10-2011, 08:48 AM
Did he just break out where the old nail holes were? That's going to happen.
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    11-10-2011, 10:32 PM
Do a mustang roll like AQUA said, curving the edge with a rasp. Have your farrier come out about every 4 weeks to do a trim to help prevent further chipping.
    11-11-2011, 04:45 AM
Only 3 pictures seem to want to load instead of 4 >.< The hind right is the worst...Geez my TB is a problem horse xD
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    11-11-2011, 06:20 AM
Green Broke
Id do a mustang roll as stated and although some say no, I use corn oil in my horses feed and I swear it helps with cracking.
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