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  • Olive oil on horses hooves
  • Homemade recipe for dry cracked horse hooves

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    08-12-2011, 03:18 PM
  #1
Foal
Conditioning Hooves

I was wondering if any one has any "home recipes" for hoof conditioner. I know you can buy it, but as it is Im broke till probably next month but i'd really like to help my horse with her hooves they are terrible. Hard as a rock and starting to crack. She is living right now out in a very sandy pasture. We live in Texas and as you all know there has been no rain, hence no grass to grow, and the grasshoppers have ate what was here. Any ideas would be great!

I have thought about using conditioner (for people hair) as I have an extra bottle of that,but not certain if it would work on hooves.(i don't really want to waste it)
Thanks!
     
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    08-12-2011, 03:19 PM
  #2
Started
My farrier swears by Life Data, Inc's "The Right Step Hoof Conditioner". I haven't tried it yet but I have I on order from Smartpak!
     
    08-12-2011, 09:46 PM
  #3
Weanling
Maybe just baby oil? It is certainly safe, but I'm not sure how effective it would be...
     
    08-12-2011, 10:37 PM
  #4
Foal
Thanks for the ideas!
     
    08-13-2011, 10:32 PM
  #5
Foal
Hi there,

I have never tried a home made hoof conditioner on my horse but a lady on a different website posted this home recipe, not sure how well it will work but hey it's worth a try I guess!

To make a homemade hoof polish that really conditions your horses hooves ~ Put olive oil, garlic cloves, and Cheyenne pepper in a blender and mix. More Olive oil than the others, but enough garlic to smell it. It should smell like Italian dressing when you are finished. This really helps cracked, dry hooves if applied everyday. This is an old secret from my great aunt.
     
    08-14-2011, 02:09 AM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by stardust    
To make a homemade hoof polish that really conditions your horses hooves ~ Put olive oil, garlic cloves, and Cheyenne pepper in a blender and mix. More Olive oil than the others, but enough garlic to smell it. It should smell like Italian dressing when you are finished. This really helps cracked, dry hooves if applied everyday. This is an old secret from my great aunt.
"And when your done annointing your horses hooves, the rest can be used as a salad dressing"

You forgot to add that lol. And another horsey recipe to add to my repertoire, thanks =)
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    08-18-2011, 04:02 PM
  #7
Foal
I have heard of using bacon grease or lard. Never tried either, but being from Texas, I'm betting you have one or the other around!

What I was told, is to just rub it on (maybe wear rubber gloves or a plastic grocery bag over your hand so it's not sooo messy), or warm it in the microwave til it's melted, then cool enough so you don't burn your horse and paint it on with a cheap throw-away paint brush.

This I think was suggested during cooler months, so not sure if it would attract ants or melt completely away, though... My farrier always says to put whatever hoof conditioner I use well into the coronet band and above, so if it does melt, it will run down the hooves. If it's only on the hooves, it will just run down into the grass.

Perhaps supplementing your feed with ground flax seeds or black oil sunflower seeds will heal the hooves from the inside out. I know you're looking for something cheap *right now* but flax seeds are quite inexpensive and may be something you could add next month. There are a ton of threads on here about feeding them.
     
    08-25-2011, 03:21 PM
  #8
Foal
Awsome! Thanks! And yes lol
I have plenty of grease!
     
    08-25-2011, 03:23 PM
  #9
Foal
The salad dress sounds good too. We've gotten fortunate and got several ines of rain soo that really makes a difference. I was albe to get out last week and trim her feet ,so she is doing much better.
     
    08-25-2011, 05:16 PM
  #10
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by jwells84    
I was wondering if any one has any "home recipes" for hoof conditioner.
Mud.

Allow the water tank to overflow when filling. Inexpensive and easy to accomplish!
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