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post #1 of 6 Old 08-17-2013, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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My horses hooves are messed up!

I recently moved my horse to a new barn! He is pasture boarded and always has been! But eversince we moved him his hooves are cracking and look bad!! I don't know what to do? Is it bothering him when I ride him with his hooves cracked? I'm not a horse expert at all and need help! Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-17-2013, 03:56 PM
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We need pics and some information about his living conditions and current hoof care program. Here is a link that one of our local hoof experts has provided that shows how to take good pics:
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Depending on where you live, it may just be the time of year. My farrier said the months of July and August are horrible for hooves because the horses are stomping to get the flies off of their feet. The flies are worst during these months where we live
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-17-2013, 09:43 PM
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Yes, this time of year causes a lot of cracking in my area. I would definitely recommend some hoof oil. I like RainMaker, personally.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-23-2013, 06:56 AM
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Time of year & stomping flies does not cause cracking but if hooves are compromised, environment soggy or such, probs can be exacerbated by stomping or such. I'm gathering if flies are an issue, August is summer in your parts? Hooves are built for dry environments & so unless in tropics, should be the better time for hoof health, rather than wet weather/ground.

If hooves are cracking, imbalanced &/or infrequent enough trims may be the cause, infection, &/or diet/nutrition/metabolic probs. if hooves have the appearance of being 'too dry' then diet/nutrition are generally a big part. Feeding hooves from the inside is helpful, while painting stuff on the dead outer layer is not, & can do more harm by encouraging further infection.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-23-2013, 01:29 PM
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I have learned differently from oil and creams myself. My directives were to get something that seals the hoof against moisture. I was told that oil does not soak in because it does not get along with water or moisture in the hoof. A sealer would prevent moisture loss, or additional moisture making the hoof too soft. Also make sure there's a good roll on the edges to keep flares from allowing wetness to create more problems.
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