Hoof Dressing - Yay or Nay?

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    09-02-2012, 05:19 PM
Hoof Dressing - Yay or Nay?

I just purchased Fiebling's Hoof Dressing but now I'm not sure that I should've. I've been reading up on hoof dressing and apparently it's better to not use it. I was wondering how many members here use, or do not use, any type of hoof dressing. I don't want to send it back when it gets here and then regret it!
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    09-02-2012, 05:31 PM
I use Farrier Barrier of Farrier's Fix hoof oil a couple times a week and when the ground starts to get to dry or goes from dry to muddy and back again within a couple days I use Keratex to increase my horse's hooves tougher...I don't use any actual "polish" on my horse's feet because getting the look of black/shiny hooves isn't very important to me.
    09-02-2012, 05:37 PM
Nothing for all our mares.
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    09-02-2012, 05:45 PM
Would Fieblings be okay for three times a week use? Or should I just apply it before shows so that the hooves shine?
    09-02-2012, 05:48 PM
If your horse's feet are healthy now, I would say only use it before shows for shine. If your horse doesn't have healthy feet, I would try to find a product for hoof health instead of shine and polish...
    09-02-2012, 05:55 PM
Hey, I asked myself the same question recently and decided to research it!
    09-02-2012, 06:14 PM
Thank you all very much! Riley has quite healthy feet so I guess I'll just apply some dressing before shows. Thank you everyone!
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    09-02-2012, 06:58 PM
I don't ever put on any kind of dressing unless the horse has thrush etc. (never had to deal with it knock on wood) it makes the hoof soft
    09-02-2012, 07:34 PM
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Mustangs have the best feet on earth and no one goes around oiling them. Horses thrive when the ground is hard and dry and their feet are like rock. They have horrible feet when it is constantly wet and muddy.

Good healthy feet come from within -- not from some dressing that softens and weakens them.

Many years ago I let a farrier talk me into softening my horse's feet with Hooflex. Two or three bruised soles and a bleeding quarter crack and a deep toe crack (required repair and clips for a year) later, I fired the horse-shoer and gave away the nearly full gallon can of hooflex. It took less than 2 gallons of dressing to wreck them and took nearly 6 months for nature and dry footing to dry them out, harden them up and fix them.
    09-02-2012, 08:10 PM
Okay... so would sending the dressing back be the best option?

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