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        06-28-2011, 06:24 AM
      #11
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    We have some pretty great hay in my area and the horses are often also given grains and supplements. They are not short on vitamins or minerals, but it is the ground and the weather and often also their genes which leave some horses' hooves looking not-too-hot.

    My mare has good, hard feet...sometimes too hard! They become brittle when the ground dries up after the rains and a little while after. During this time of year I apply plain and simple pine tar, once a week or so, as needed. I've tried so many different hoof oils and moisturizers and none have compared to this...even the ones with pine tar bases! The good news is this stuff is usually even on the cheaper end. Who knew?
    It is very messy and smelly, but it's worth it. Softens them right up, just enough. They don't crack anymore.

    If your horse is eating well or you do not control the situation, I recommend that and potentially also a hoof supplement. Farrier's Formula is the best of all by a mile, but it can be a bank breaker. It does tend to be worth it, though. Just remember the supplements take a longer amount of time to show a difference, because they only affect new hoof growth. I believe it takes roughly a year for a hoof to grow out?
         
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        06-28-2011, 10:03 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    I was told by my farrier to save money on buying any hoof treatments and use corn oil IF I felt the need to put something on the horse's hooves due to dryness.
         
        06-29-2011, 10:56 PM
      #13
    Foal
    It's so funny you mention that because it's been raining like crazy here in Florida. Good for the much needed water but wreaking havoc on my mares hooves. Today, I did use straight iodine on them. Hopefully they look better tomorrow. Plus, she's do for the farrier. Poor baby.
         
        06-30-2011, 12:17 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    If you're having a problem with feet your horse might be lacking something in it's diet?

    I'd get in contact with Feed XL or someone similar to see if there is something lacking in your horses diet.

    Good hooves come from a good diet!
         
        06-30-2011, 01:32 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    Read this. You have to register to read stuff there but its worth it. The Horse | Hoof Dressings: What Studies Show

    Hoof goops don't seem to do much for healthy feet and actually HARM unhealthy feet.

    Don't use them. Waste of money. A healthy foot comes from the inside out (ie you grow it), good maintenance, lots of movement and a clean environment.
         

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