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post #1 of 15 Old 07-24-2012, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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What should i use on Dash's hoof's?

I just bought this horse a few months ago. He's hoof's looked like this when we got him. It has been extremely dry and hot here in Missouri. I don't want to waste my money on something that doesn't work. Please help!? My question is should I purchase a Biotin or a moisturizer conditioner such as Rainmaker?
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First I would have the feet reshod/trimmed ASAP.
Rainmaker or any hoof dressing like that is made to help hold moisture in so with a dry hoof all it does is make it seem moist. Wet the hooves before applying the dressing would get better results.
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LOL, I would start with using a good farrier!
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If you've had him"a few months" and "He's hoof's (sic) looked like this when we got him", then he is WAY past having a farrier visit. When the farrier comes out and takes off those shoes and trims him correctly, most of that old dry cracky wall will be gone. The top of his hooves don't look too bad.

Those feet really need attention before things go horribly wrong.

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Thanks for your reply's I am calling the farrier today.
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post #7 of 15 Old 07-24-2012, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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He also stumbles alot I guess thats due to the overdue trim? and clicks his hoofs together at times is that normal?
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He also stumbles alot I guess thats due to the overdue trim? and clicks his hoofs together at times is that normal?
Yeppers, his toes are so long he's tripping himself and stepping on his front feet with his back feet.

If you are going to keep shoes on him, you need to be on a schedule of about 7 weeks between shoeings. I say "about" because horses are individuals and some grow hooves faster and some grow slower. Set up your schedule depending on his foot growth rate, NOT on your finances.

Depending on where and how much you ride, you may want to consider keeping him barefoot. That involves quite a bit of consideration and if you are interested, do a google search for "barefoot trimming" to see what you need to do. Also, talk to your farrier, many are offering barefoot care these days.

There are pro's and con's to shod or barefoot, so do your research before deciding which way to go. But above all else, get someone out NOW to get those feet done!!

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post #9 of 15 Old 07-24-2012, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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I just called him

He might come out this afternoon or tommorow morning:) I was going to go barefoot but the one trail ride we go on alot has alot of gravel and I heard thats not a good idea on there feet.
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Barefoot isn't something that happens overnight. After having shoes on, the soles of the feet become tender from not having contact with the ground. Just like people, if you just take off your shoes and run across gravel, your feet are going to hurt like crazy. But if you take it easy at first, after a while your feet have toughened up and even us puny humans can walk pretty comfortably. Horses are meant for hard dry conditions, and with time even the most coarse gravel is no big deal for them.

The problem comes if you ride a lot on coarse footing daily for hours and you end up wearing down the hoof faster than it can grow out. Then you absolutely need shoes or at least hoof boots.

I highly suggest doing some research on going barefoot.

If you can, could you post some pictures of after the farrier does him?? I would be really interested in seeing the progress and hearing how much better he moves once on good feet.

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