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post #21 of 30 Old 09-04-2012, 07:54 AM
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In consideration of the farrier, soaking a horse's hooves for about 20 min. Prior to his arrival makes the task easier for all involved.
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post #22 of 30 Old 09-04-2012, 08:33 AM
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I wouldn't bother to send it back- shiny hooves do look good in a show ring and it will last ages if you only use it on show days. Wouldn't bother 3 times a week. Once a week is 'reccomended' by my British Horse Society stage 1 book, but the bhs is all you must have a well turned out horse all the time, wear tweed all the time, alter your sturrips with your feet still in them ALWAYS etc.

I took it to mean once a month if I remember...

I got Alli some cornucressin to shut my mum up, mainly, after Alli pulled her shoe off and mum was convinced she had awful feet cz of this. Er, no mum, she actually has good feet for a tb, she just happened to pull that particular shoe!
Cornucressin - of I love the smell of that stuff - I could eat it!!!! Its actually pretty good if you do get a horse with poor feet - rubbed well into the coronet band where the hoof grows from
Healthy hooves come from what you feed not what you slap on them
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And Alli's owner - Tell me what is wrong with wearing a tweed jacket? I insist on wearing mine every time I ride - even when its 90F, looks really good with my tatty denim cut offs and dirty boots. I refuse to let the good old British side down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I agree with the point that if the hoof is healthy, leave it be. But if you are having problems, I would use it. We have a mare at the farm who is not getting any special feed and as a result her hooves are quite dry, she needs something. You can even use and type of conditioner too. Just something to add some moisture.
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slidestop, if the horse is that "dry" (meaning its main/tail,coat etc) I would start looking into its diet
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The farrier said Zeak's feet (A boarder) are weak, and to paint iodine on them, especially the fronts, daily. Why is this? He said he couldn't put shoes on because he has thin hoof walls...

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slidestop, if the horse is that "dry" (meaning its main/tail,coat etc) I would start looking into its diet
She is on one quart of triple crown low starch, gets 3 flakes of excellent quality 2nd cut hay and B+L solution and flax seed supplements. I know the grain also has added fats and flax as well.. we have other horses on flax and their manes have grown out to their shoulders.
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The farrier said Zeak's feet (A boarder) are weak, and to paint iodine on them, especially the fronts, daily. Why is this? He said he couldn't put shoes on because he has thin hoof walls...
Painting the sole of the hoof with iodine can help eliminate things like thrush but its very drying so I can't see it as something for the hoof wall - might even make it brittle if it dries out the natural moisture. Going barefoot can help strengthen hooves - made all the difference to a TB we bought that was in poor condition & his shoes fell off as fast as they were put on but feeding that horse with supplements like biotin to promote healthy growth would benefit him too and a calcium rich diet - sugar beet is very high in calcium
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She is on one quart of triple crown low starch, gets 3 flakes of excellent quality 2nd cut hay and B+L solution and flax seed supplements. I know the grain also has added fats and flax as well.. we have other horses on flax and their manes have grown out to their shoulders.
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I assume she also goes out to pasture?
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I assume she also goes out to pasture?
Negative, good old Long island dry lot. We measure paddocks by feet, not acres. ;) I'm sorry 3 flakes am and 4 pm. She gets hand grazed 4 or 5 days a week for about 30min each time.

She is also turned out on dirt and ridden in sand which sucks the life out of them. There really is no relief from it unless she is inside.
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Goodness this has gotten big!
I've decided that I'll keep it in my grooming box. (: Thank you for your opinions, everyone! Riley and I appreciate it... after all, I really just want what's best for him.
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