Does his supplement contain zinc? I had a draft x with terrible hoof problems. I had him on a supplement with biotin, which helped, but someone suggested adding zinc and it ended up working really well! It's definitely not an instant fix, but the results were worth it to me!
It does have zinc. Here's what's in it...
"Flax Seed, Flax Oil, Rice Bran, Lactose Free Whey Protein Concentrate, Sunflower Seed, Soy Flour, Cane Molasses, Performance Minerals™, Osteon™ (Natural Zeolite), Calcium Carbonate, Bio-Sponge™, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Glucosamine Sulfate 2KCl, Chromium Yeast, Selenium Yeast, L-Carnitine Tartrate, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Citrate, Manganese Citrate, Copper Gluconate, Cobalt Chelate, L-Lysine, L-Glutamine, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Iodine Chelate, dl-Methionine, Choline Bitartrate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Biotin, Aloe Vera Concentrate,Vitamin B12, Thiamine, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid."
If you use a hoof supplement don't expect to see a change for a long time 8-10 months, because you will be feeding the top of the hoof so you won't see alot of change till it grows out.
He's been on the biotin for about a year and a half now.
Making sure his toe stays short will help prevent the crack from being too painful or worsening, it takes the pressure from the hoof wall, a good mustang roll will help as well. Proper trimming, no shoes( seeing as they restrict blood flow (which aids in the growth of a healthy hoof), and a good supplement should have the hoof fixing itself and growing out properly a bit quicker.Oh yeah and plenty of exercise on nice soft sand or grass to get the blood a pumpin!
Okay, thanks : ]