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post #1 of 61 Old 08-02-2013, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Soft and Sore Hooves

My horse has always had bad feet, but recently it has been pretty wet around here and his feet are falling apart! We went on vacation for a week (when we left they were fine but while we were gone we got a lot of rain) and when we got back he lost one shoe and the other was loose and he had tore chunks out of all of them, but it's really just the front hooves that are bad. So the farrier came Wednesday and put shoes on him and he showed me that when he was clenching the nails his hoof was sinking right I instead of holding up to the pressure. He said he wasn't sure if they'd stay on even for a few days. I rode him Thursday and he wasn't limping but he was really sore. He kept wanting to slow down and stop. I can always tell when he's sore because he doesn't listen to my cues very well and it takes a lot of effort to get him to do easy things. So the question is what kind of products are best (topical or oral) to use on weak, soft, slow growing hooves? I really need help, recently it seems that every other time I ride him he's limping!
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I am not sure topicals are going to help that much. It's been wet here as well, and I think the best thing is to keep him on dry ground. You may want to think about pulling the shoes and not riding if the nails aren't holding.

If the nails aren't holding, why put them in the feet? Is that kind of risky? A supplement is good, but it will take 12 months to grow the supplemented hoof down to ground level.

I think you and your farrier need to put a different plan of care together. Diet? Dry ground. Other type of hoof protection without nails.
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Have you or your farrier considered boots or glue on shoes? The poor beast needs some sort of protection while his feet heal.

As Princess already stated, topicals do pretty much squat for bad feet. You have to heal them from the inside out, and that starts with proper nutrition.

Oh, and stop riding your horse while his feet are sore and he's dead lame. I can't believe anyone who considers themself a caring owner would do such a thing.

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post #4 of 61 Old 08-02-2013, 11:58 AM
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Get horse in a dry environment like a well bedded dry stall. Use Durasole on the soles and make sure the horse doesnt not have thrush. The best way to apply Durasole is to take a hairdryer and dry the soles really well for about a minute and then use a toothbrush and brush the Druasole in. It will soak it up. If you apply it to a wet foot, it will mostly run off and be wasted. You can do it a couple times the first day. It will help most horses with sore feet. It builds an fast callous. You will see if you get any on your fingers. (I hate the feeling. I wear gloves)

If the feet are that bad, pull the shoes as they are just ripping the wall up anyway and making it worse sounds like. Durasole and a dry environment are next. Dry feet are harder ad more sound. If the horse is still sore, you can apply resin hoof casting to add support and it should instantly make the horse comfortable. You do NOT want a horse with casting standing around in wet 24 -7 at least half the day needs to be dry in a stall. There are limits to riding with casting. They wear out at the toe but so long as they are on tight, they can be left on.

You also may need another more skilled farrier and you may need to address some dietary issues. The problems you describe are usually the result of poor hoof work, diet issues and/or long term poor work that has just caught up with the horse considering th ebad weather. These are the kinds of horses I pull the shoes off of and rehab them bare. I do not consider a horse as sound who cant walk around his pasture barefoot in a couple days of pulling shoes. That usually means the horse has a big problem in trim/diet.

Also hoof boots and pads can provide temporary protection but they do not do well in wet environments and you must dry the feet out still once a day. Post pictures and we can give more opinions on the work the horse is getting and the overall hoof shape/trim.

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Oh, and stop riding your horse while his feet are sore and he's dead lame. I can't believe anyone who considers themself a caring owner would do such a thing.[/QUOTE]

I only rode him because I didn't know he was still lame. When I felt that he was limping I stopped riding.
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Ditto what everyone else said. A dry environment, Durasole, and a good hoof supplement. Though it does not take every horse 12 months to grow a new hoof. My yearling grows a new hoof every 5-6 months because his feet grow so fast. But the quickest way to help him out is keeping his feet dry and applying Durasole.

I also don't see why he shod the horse if knew the shoes wouldn't even stay on for days.
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He limps much worse when he doesn't have shoes on. Anyway they're still on so maybe they'll be okay. I look into getting some Durasole as a few of you suggested- I'm ready to try anything that might help him!
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I would seriously concider hoof boots for him shoes wil only continue to tear up his soft hoof walls. Shoes might be a quick fix for his soreness. you really need to think about pulling them off do dura sole and get him on dry ground.
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Durasole wont keep his shoes on. The reason the horse is much more lame without shoes is likely that his feet are in such poor shape. Why dont you post some photos of his feet? Lets see whats going on.

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I'm curious about the main ingredient in Durasole - formaldehyde. The website says it "fixes the exfoliating sole" (keeps it from exfoliating?). Exfoliating sole is "dead sole" and the new sole growing from the live inner structures is called "live sole."

If you "fix" (glue?) the shedding sole to the live sole, it may be a temporary fix to hold the foot together, but may be sending the inner, live, growing structures the wrong message, like "don't grow." So, Durasole probably works, but does it allow the sole its necessary expansion?

In a dry stall, the horse stands in occasional/perpetual urine (or ammonia soaked bedding) which may eat his hooves as much or more than a wet pasture.

Apple cider vinegar (cheap, natural) dries out thrush. Might that help?

As you listen to your horse's cues, please remember that growing a strong new hoof out of weak, damaged hooves takes almost a year. Is he saying: "too much too soon?" If you ride on hard surfaces, is there a place where he can live on hard rocky ground?

May we see photos?
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