I definitely recommend a hoof supplement. I feed both my boys Farriers Formula Double Strength.
Does he get sore soles? If so, I would also recommend Keratex. I started my TB on the FF and Keratex and his feet are looking phenomenal. Consult your farrier first, but I definitely love those two in combination with each other.
No sole sores, he's never been lame a day. No abscesses or nasty cracks. He does have one small superficial crack running vertical on the left rear, but it is very shallow. We have had thrush plenty- mostly to do with the weather this year. Once when it was super nasty muddy at the start of summer he had some tough thrush and his right front frog was pretty bad. I got aggressive with iodine and thrush buster and it cleared on out. I've heard lots of good things about Keratex, I just haven't quite sold myself on the price.
Farriers Formula will probably be my back up plan, if it seems the SmartHoof isn't working.
What's happening with his shoes is that his feet get crumbly at the nail holes, then the nails get loose. Once they are loose, we try to tighten or clamp them back down, but it's a only a matter of time until he gets them loose again. The shoe then tends to pull away on one side of his hoof (but still attached), and then bam! Lost/ twisted/ loose shoes and torn up feet. He doesn't over reach, and has never pulled a shoe off from behind- it's always side to side. He lives in bell boots now, which help some, but it's really fun to tear those up- don't you know?
He managed to slice
a bell boot off one day. No damage to himself, just a clean cut down the boot. He also crosses his legs trying to knock flies off. Frequently I will see him step on one front hoof with the other- not helping our situation any.
Big guy is on a regular six week schedule, but I've been wondering if shortening it down to four or five weeks would help? I wouldn't say that in shoes he was overdue or had
to be reset right at six weeks, but if on occasion we hit anything longer than sever week that was much too long. That one week makes a big difference to me. Since I'm thinking that we are going to be seeing some ugly feet for the next few cycles at lest, I wonder if shorter cycles might help him stay more even and put less wear and tear on him? My biggest fear is that he will wear his feet uneven at first, and could aggravate his legs during this time. Since he's got bench knees I know uneven feet are a major potential hazard.