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post #1 of 3 Old 06-06-2012, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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Problems with hooves

For the past year Misty's hooves have really changed... she's never been shod and her feet have always been good, but now they're constantly cracking and chipping, and they grow at the speed of light; the farrier is here every four weeks, sometimes sooner! Before she only needed them done every eight weeks, sometimes ten.

I'm thinking of buying some sort of hoof conditioner, but could it be due to age? She'll be 24 in September. I'm buying a new mineral block tomorrow, she hasn't had one for a while.

Anything else I can do to improve them?

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-06-2012, 03:32 AM
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Unfortunately hoof conditioner will not help. You need to look at his diet and maybe consider putting him on a hoof supplement (which takes at least 6 months to see a healthier hoof)

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post #3 of 3 Old 06-06-2012, 04:48 AM
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Agree that a topical won't help, but to 'condition' them from inside with good nutrition is helpful. But what else has changed in her life, that has caused her feet to start growing so quickly do you think? And do you think they've recently got weaker, or the cracks & chips are due to the speed of growth & there being a lot of excess material? Pics may help.

The only thing I can think of regarding hoof growth & older horses is Cushings, but hopefully it's nothing of the sort.
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