...havent once had any type of infection set in because of it that's just ridiculous....so if you have it really just tells me that you didnt know what you were doing and were in over your head from the get-go....
I think a key here is the first bit I quoted above. If there is no infection present and/or the environmental factors are good, then yeah, probably no real harm. Just that with already sick feet &/or unhealthy environment - most live in the real world - I beg to differ strongly, think it does encourage *further* infection. As for your 'in over your head' comment, don't forget OP is an owner, not a farrier or such, so of course she's 'in over her head' in a way, or she wouldn't have posted.
it just tells me that the person is cutting off a useful avenue and tool that someone could use that would be beneficial to their situation.
I didn't say I hadn't used it. Thought it was important once upon a time. I don't recall a time that I ever thought it improved anything aside from looks though. Then I started learning more about it & started to feel that people that use it for supposed hoof health have been suckered by the advertising... IOW it 'tells' me people are wasting their time & money on a useless 'avenue' that can
IME, also contribute to the success of anaerobic bugs in the hoof capsule.
Stuff that you paint onto the outside of a largely impervious dead layer of keratin(like your fingernails) cannot improve the health of that skin, to my knowledge. Of course, if you have evidence to the contrary, worth considering... So I don't see anything to the claims of improving health.
At any rate, what is really needed to grow good hooves comes from the inside - nutrition. Provide the correct 'ingredients' from inside because IMO what's a bit ridiculous is to try pasting the missing ones on later.
Of course, as said, if there was evidence to the contrary... & of course this is also only my opinion & experience. As with everything, don't take my - or whoever's - word for anything blindly, but do you own homework & make more informed decisions. One place to start is; Hoof Dressings: What Studies Show | TheHorse.com