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    08-08-2010, 03:26 PM
Hoof Alive?

Anyone tried this stuff? My horse has access to grass for the first time since I've had him. The moisture in the grass has created some crumbling problems with his hooves. My farrier says he should adjust in a few months, but for now I need to keep the bad moisture out and good moisture in. I don't want something that's not going to let the hoof breathe, and I don't care for oils since they can do more harm than good by making the hoof mushy. I narrowed it down to this Hoof Alive stuff and Keratix Hoof Hardener. Any thoughts on either would be appreciated.
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    08-08-2010, 03:50 PM
Smile Hoof Alive Works!!

I have been using Hoof Alive on my 3 worst footed horses for 6 weeks now. The dew on the grass in the morning, coupled with the intense heat we've been experiencing during the day was wreaking havoc on my horses feet. So the day they got their feet trimmed in June, I started using it on 3 to test it out. On their June 25th trim, their feet had BAD cracks and were breaking off, which started about 3 weeks before. The first week, I painted it on their feet (walls and soles, and worked it into the coronary band) every other day, then I went to once a week. It wasn't until 3 or 4 days before this trim (August 6th) that they started to show cracks. I DEFINITELY think it works after this trial period. I added two more to the group yesterday. I was actually online to order more when I came across your post. I bought the 16oz jar and after 6 weeks of using it on 3 horses, I still have some left, but didn't want to run out. I was hoping to get the big jar this time, but Valley Vet shows it no longer being available, so I'm searching to see if anyone else has it. I keep it in the house, it gets REALLY soupy out in my un-airconditioned tack room...but with heat indexes of 110 degrees, pretty much anything turns to soup! I don't think it affects how it works, but I just don't want to waste any from it dripping off my hoof brush. When it's cold, it is a little bit harder to apply with the brush, so a normal room temp, is easiest to apply. I like to use a brush, because it has a little greasy feeling on your hand, but a friend of mine only applies it by hand so he can work it into the coronary band better...do it however it works best for you. I absolutely recommend it though. Good luck!
    08-08-2010, 03:55 PM
Oh, I forgot to say, when I went to once a week application, I started painting it just on the walls and into the coronary band, not the soles, every time. I think I read to apply it to the soles once a month or so depending on the horse.
    08-08-2010, 04:34 PM
Good to know that it might work. Yeah, it said to do it every other day for a week including the coronary band and then go down to once or twice a week after that. I wonder if Valley Vet stopped carrying it, if it's going to be off the market altogther?
    08-08-2010, 06:57 PM
Valley Vet does still carry Hoof Alive, but only in the 16oz size. I was planning on buying the 25oz size this time. I just bought 2 jars of the 16oz instead. Hoof Alive is definitely still available!
    08-08-2010, 07:19 PM
Phew! I finally found something that looks like it works. Made me nervous!
    08-09-2010, 09:41 PM
I'm currently using Mane and Tail's Hoof moisturizer and it is working really well on my girl's feet, as well...perhaps a bit easier to access in some areas? I normally use Cut Heal Hoof Heal, but haven't found it near me yet, but that's another one that really works great, from personal experience.
    08-09-2010, 09:54 PM
I just started using the Hoof Heal on Rookie. It hasn't been long enough for me to see a difference yet though. I got mine at Tractor Supply mom2pride.
    08-09-2010, 10:55 PM
They don't seem to have TSC, Mills Fleet Farms or anything like those here out west...Lol! Course I hadn't thought about doing a net search for either of those since I've been here, though...I've just popped into some of the more 'local' feed stores. One of them had the Mane and Tail stuff, so figured I'd give it a whirl, seeing how I like their other products.

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