Would a hoof supplement work in this case?

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    12-08-2012, 07:07 PM
Would a hoof supplement work in this case?

My boy has thin hoof walls, and his hooves flare very easily. ( he is also limpy but that is another story ) His hooves do not crack, but he wears the heels down very quickly. He keeps shoes on fine. I was wondering if a hoof supplement like Horse SHoer's Secret would help him? Seems the reviews on line all speak about working for horses who's hooves crack... granted I ride very lightly, just trails, but even so, they don't crack. What is your opinion on this? Would it help?
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    12-08-2012, 09:11 PM
Sounds like more of an overall imbalance in trimming than nutritional, but it can't hurt to give one bucket a try if you think it might help. I use Horseshoers Secret and love it. It takes a few weeks before you start to see results, but it's not like you're stuck with it. Do you have any pics you can post?
    12-08-2012, 09:29 PM
I use Tuff Stuff. Smelly but it is a liquid you put on and it has helped my boy with horrible hooves the farrier wouldn't even risk trimming. :/
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    12-08-2012, 09:30 PM
Keep in mind, it usually takes around a full year for a new hoof to grow, so it's going to take some time before you get any results.
    12-09-2012, 01:16 PM
What does the rest of his diet look like? Is he on a fortified grain, ration balancer, or vit/min supplement already?
    12-09-2012, 06:37 PM
I have stopped grain ( vets suggestion ) He gets glucosamine and a vitamin supplement.. I will have to check exactly what it is next time I am there... they are on round bales. The glucosamine has been for a while, the vitamins just the past month... the grain I stopped a few weeks ago although I have tossed in a handful of Safe Choice once I a while just to make sure he eats all his supplements. ( was getting a quarter scoop of sweet feed till the vet suggested I stop it..) I started Horseshoer's secret today.. hope it helps!
I know his joint supplement has selenium and glucosamine and chondrotin in it... wish I could remember the name of it... is there any brand that is better than others?
    12-09-2012, 08:18 PM
Yeah, there is likely more to it than just nutrition, but they do need well balanced ingredients to bake the perfect hoof! There is a lot of anecdotal evidence, but more recently some good studies done that show extra Mg in the diet can really help. Magnesium Chloride seems to be about the most digestible/usable for the body. A lady by the name of Pauline Moore in Qld, Aus has been doing some good work on this & worth reading.

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