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post #1 of 15 Old 09-21-2011, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Rainmaker hoof dressing-- yes or no?

I've already bought the stuff, just because I love Farnam's products, but some reviews online are pretty negative.

Anyone have any advice on using it? All the "bad" reviews said that it's great unless you get dirt in it, which could be a problem because my horse is on pasture board and I don't have a hard surface (like concrete) to do this on. Do I need to clean her feet off before applying? Her feet just suck-- always cracking and dry and she can't keep a shoe on for anything-- and my BM said that Rainmaker is supposed to be good.

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-21-2011, 03:25 PM
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I like it just cause I think it lasts longer than others since it is actually grease like. I think it stays on longer too. And, you don't waste as much when applying since its so dense.


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post #3 of 15 Old 09-21-2011, 03:27 PM
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Oh man I haven't used rain maker in forever! I used to put it on my gelding's feet ever time we rode. It seemed to work pretty well for him. I've also been told that mixing gelatin with their grain can help to toughen up their feet. I've not ever tried it so no idea if it really works, but the stuff's pretty cheap so it might be worth a shot.

But yes, you do need to pick your mare's feet really well before you apply it. Since you've already bought it you might as well use it and see for yourself how it works. Good luck, I hope it helps. Oh and on a side note the stuff kind of smells like BBQ sauce if I remember correctly, which is nice I guess lol.
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Rainmaker is one of the better topicals. But, I have since switched to Hoof Conditioner by Life Data Labs. You can spray it on and my farrier recommends it above all others. So far I like the results I see.
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Think of it this way, does anything you put on your nails strengthen them? Not really, it has to come from within. Biotin helps build good hooves. I've also noticed a difference when I fed an old horse boiled flax 2x daily, his hooves became more elastic. It takes about 9 mos for a horse to grow a new hoof altho one usually sees a difference as it's growing down from the top. Why do you want shoes on your horse? It will build a stronger hoof if allowed to go barefoot.
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Mix it half and half with pine tar and I assure you it works well and doesn't come off in water, mud, etc.

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Why do you want shoes on your horse? It will build a stronger hoof if allowed to go barefoot.
At my mom's house she was really tender footed because her pasture was littered with rocks (from a local rock quarry... it's a long story), and she hated walking over the gravel driveway, and would act like a cripple when she stepped on one. I know she's just being a drama queen, but I didn't feel like dealing with toughening her hoof up so I just kept shoes on her front feet. And she seemed happier when she had them on-- she used to be a show horse, so maybe she was just used to it. IDK. Horse's are weird.

But now that I've moved to a better pasture (and out of my mom's house), I've been letting her go barefoot. The only reason I put shoes on this last visit is because I was taking her on a long trail ride, and didn't want to take any chances of her hurting herself (or acting like she was hurt). But the farrier and I both agreed that it's time to just leave the shoes off for good, since it's been so dry down here and her feet just suck (he loves my pony's feet... why can't my mare have great little pony feet!?) He suggested getting some boots for her front feet since they'll pay for themselves by not getting her shod so often.

I've also heard about adding gelatin to their feed to help with their feet, but I figured putting something on the outside couldn't hurt. Plus, there was a $2 manufacturer's coupon at the store for Farnam's stuff.

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No. Nice short answer, huh? IMO topical goops are not helpful, except in making a hoof look more pretty, in which case painting before an occasional show or such shouldn't do any real harm. If your horse's hooves are cracked, this is IME most likely to be a diet/nutrition prob, but could also have come about due to bad mechanics, infection, etc.
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No. Nice short answer, huh? IMO topical goops are not helpful, except in making a hoof look more pretty, in which case painting before an occasional show or such shouldn't do any real harm. If your horse's hooves are cracked, this is IME most likely to be a diet/nutrition prob, but could also have come about due to bad mechanics, infection, etc.
^What loosie said. I asked my farrier if I should use anything. He flat out said no. Most of the time people use conditioners when they aren't needed and make hooves too soft. I would ask your Farrier, and like Loosie said..if there are cracks or any other issues...look at what goes in his mouth first.. proper nutrition you shouldn't need any addatives.
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^What loosie said. I asked my farrier if I should use anything. He flat out said no. Most of the time people use conditioners when they aren't needed and make hooves too soft. I would ask your Farrier, and like Loosie said..if there are cracks or any other issues...look at what goes in his mouth first.. proper nutrition you shouldn't need any addatives.
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Ditto this. I used to use Rainmaker on my horses hooves and thought it worked great, even compared to other hoof conditioners. It stayed on the hoof for much longer and kept a nice sheen, and the hoof seemed more moisturized. However my farrier and I got to talking and for my current horse I haven't been using it at all. He has much stronger hooves than my last horse and my farrier also said that all they do is make the hoof softer.
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