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post #1 of 9 Old 01-18-2014, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Sore and Soft/Squishy Heels

I need help! What makes horses heel bulbs tougher and stronger. My Appy's heels are sore and that's part of his limping problem. Is there a topical treatment that doesn't cost a million dollars? Just something to make it tough and not sore anymore because he's in pain is I put pressure on it.
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-18-2014, 06:41 PM
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Sore feet are indicative of a problem that needs to be resolved. Generally speaking, topicals aren't going to fix it. Can you post pics of your horse's hooves?

Hold the camera level with the hoof to take side, front, and back pics. Then a sole shot with the camera held parallel to the sole. That's a good start.
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Agree w above. Pics would help accurate suggestions. Topically, if the horse has thrush, treating that will help, and if he lives in a wet environ - feet soft because of that, soaking in super strong saline can help a little, though keeping in a dry environ at least most of the time is the better answer there.

No, there's nothing you should paint on to harden them IMO. I personally don't like the idea of painting soles either, but frogs are more permeable & have lots of sensitive areas, proprioceptors, etc, which makes them more easily & seriously damaged with hard chemicals.

Protecting & supporting hooves when necessar, with boots & pads is also important in developing strong hooves, because the more comfortable use, the better they get.
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Sore feet are indicative of a problem that needs to be resolved. Generally speaking, topicals aren't going to fix it. Can you post pics of your horse's hooves?

Hold the camera level with the hoof to take side, front, and back pics. Then a sole shot with the camera held parallel to the sole. That's a good start.
I will post when I get home from the barn.. I don't know what the quality will be like but Ill try. And also, we are treating thrush right now with stuff the vet gave us called 'Hoof Freeze' And his frogs are harder and they don't smell anymore but his heels are soft and sore.

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Agree w above. Pics would help accurate suggestions. Topically, if the horse has thrush, treating that will help, and if he lives in a wet environ - feet soft because of that, soaking in super strong saline can help a little, though keeping in a dry environ at least most of the time is the better answer there.

No, there's nothing you should paint on to harden them IMO. I personally don't like the idea of painting soles either, but frogs are more permeable & have lots of sensitive areas, proprioceptors, etc, which makes them more easily & seriously damaged with hard chemicals.

Protecting & supporting hooves when necessar, with boots & pads is also important in developing strong hooves, because the more comfortable use, the better they get.
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Thank you for posting!! He is in a stall due to him having a bone splint, but his thrush is going away because I'm using Hoof Freeze because the vet gave me it for him. Pictures to come, so stay tuned

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I don't know what's in hoof freeze, but it seems to be a general hoof hardener & the company site even say not to use on deep thrush & sensitive tissue. So I assume its a heavy chemical that I wouldn't be using on frogs. It also says don't 'overuse' because it will make hooves too hard & cause bruising. This will be especially relevant for frogs because a topical can only make the skin hard/brittle but the internal structures are soft tissue.

Being kept stalled & I assume young if he has a splint, will mean he probably hasn't had a chance to develop his digital cushions, etc yet. I'd be inclined to treat thrush with something that's not going to harm sensitive tissue, forget skin hardeners, pad his frogs so he can comfortably use them & get him out n about to start *growing* some strength.
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im apprenticing as a farrier..this would be a good test for me...cant wait to see the pics.
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Forgot pictures yesterday, was being rushed at the barn. I'm going down twice today, I'll get them this time.. Sorry lol

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That hardening stuff may be preventing the bulbs from drying out and hardening.
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