Originally Posted by BarrelRacingLvr
Here is a little more info...
For grain he is on 1 scoop Sweet Feed, 1/2 scoop Omolene 400 and grass/alfalfa hay. I have weighed my grain but can't remember at the moment what the weights were.
No it has nothing to do with the grains I am feeding...he has always had really bad feet. And they are not always brittle, but just nothing to them. When gets re-shod...the shoe never cleanly comes off, there is always a small chunk of hoof that comes off with the shoes. Also we have had about 5 farriers throughout his life (we have raised him) and his feet have been like that for all of them.
Also it is only really his front feet....his hind feet are not as bad. And ANY water screws with his feet and they are even worse now because we had alot of rain in the end of June. And he was only at 3 weeks with those shoes and they were loose because his feet pancaked and crack out over the shoe (none of the other horses feet did that) so we have really babied his feet trying to keep them good because there was really nothing TO trim off and had to squeeze the shoes on. They also have no gray area...they are either too dry or too soft and moist and both they just crumble.
So he is in a drylot 24/7 because any time on pasture and his feet just get even worse. He has hay in front of him most of the day, has salt/mineral/selenium blocks, also has a vitamin/mineral tub.
I love Horseshoers secret. It's got an appropriate amount of biotin, lysine, and methiolene (sp) in it. Read labels. Some brands swear they are for hooves, but have so little of the correct ingredients it's laughable. I've read and read that you should have at least 15 mg of biotin per serving/day. After a year, I had cut that in half with no problem.
You have to keep the hooves well trimmed and maybe try some glue on or epoxied on shoes. Nailing to weak walls only make the problem worse. And you should keep the horse's feet dry, no wet stall or soggy pasture/paddock. Nothing by itself will do anything. You should stop the deteriation. (sp). The "pancake" part needs to be trimmed off. It's pulling the rest of the hoof away from the wall. I believe squeezing a shoe on will only be a disaster if I understand correctly.
Others here are better at directing what diet is needed.