Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I've heard of epsom salts helping...sorry, never had THIS problem. I have had white line issues with, as you, mud. I've decided that the BEST solution is to keep my horse's hooves as dry as possible. If you consider, we get chapped hands when our skin is exposed to a lot of water, so, too with our horse's feet. Somehow the dryest hooves are also the healthiest.
I would suggest using Equine Fresh (brand name--there are others) pine pellets as the stall's base. I put 1 bag in the stalls where my mare and 1,100 lb QH lives and 2 bags for my 1,250lb (16'3hh) KMH gelding's stall is per week. My horses are turned out in the winter as often as possible. (if they are stall bound, double this. I look for where they urinate--they are habitual where they urinate and defecate--and pour the bags there, then cover with pine shavings. IMHO this is the BEST way to keep your horse's hooves both clean and dry. Of course I remove the poo, too. I would also ask if there is ANY cover that your farrier can put on a shoe to protect these cuts.
If I were YOU, I'd want to strangle the person who sored your horse!!! **Corporal's REALLY MAD FACE!!!**