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post #1 of 18 Old 02-04-2010, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question Hoof oil much?

my horse has lighter hooves, and it is dry outside, so I started using hoof oil everytime after I ride. I pick out his hooves and clean the dirt of the front of them, then I put hoof oil onto the bottom of his hooves and on outside. So, I have 2 questions converning hoof oil -- does hoof oil have any affects on shoes? Kai ( my horse) has shoes on both his front hooves so I don't want to be putting hoof oil on them if it does something to the shoes. Also, is it possible to put too much hoof oil on your horses hooves?
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post #2 of 18 Old 02-04-2010, 05:11 PM
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My understanding is that most hoof oils that are *supposed* to keep hooves from drying out actually make them dryer. I've heard the best reviews from tons of people [horse owners, farriers, and vets] about using straight Turpentine.

I would just pay very close attention to their feet to see if the hoof oil your using is actually beneficial or not. If you're only putting it on after you ride, I imagine that's only once a day, and that's fine. I've also never heard of hoof oil affecting shod horses any differently.

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I don't use oil, just because everything stick to it. Its just a topical so it isnt really even doing to much to help the hoof. If you are that concerned try flax seed or a hoof supplement.

I will on horse with icky feet, use a supplement AND use corona. But I don't just brush it on, I rub the stuff till the hoof wall has absorbed it. Its a paste, and its very hard to get off hands, I usually use gloves or mouth wash to get it off.
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I don't use oil, just because everything stick to it. Its just a topical so it isnt really even doing to much to help the hoof. If you are that concerned try flax seed or a hoof supplement.

I will on horse with icky feet, use a supplement AND use corona. But I don't just brush it on, I rub the stuff till the hoof wall has absorbed it. Its a paste, and its very hard to get off hands, I usually use gloves or mouth wash to get it off.
Corona? As in the beer? Or am I missing something? O_o Lol.

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I use hoof oil daily after I ride right before I put my horse away. When I take her out the next day or so.. they are sparkly! I don't put it on the inside of her hoof though... only the outsides. And she has shoes and you can still put oil on the tops of your horses hoofs, I've never heard anyone putting it on the inside of their hooves though...

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Corona is kind of a yellow salve for wounds and such. I've never used it myself so I can't comment on it other than that.
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Corona is kind of a yellow salve for wounds and such. I've never used it myself so I can't comment on it other than that.
Haha, oh ok! Because it's also a beer, so I'm like "Wha..?" Haha. Thanks for clearing that up.

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Biotin. My paint had awful feet, we fed him Farrier's Secret first... It never helped and you had to feed too much of it. Then we switched to a cheaper brand called Vita-Biotin Crumbles. It's pretty much JUST biotin, and I saw a change in his feet within 1 month.

Three years later, he's off the supplement now that his previously malnourished foot has been replaced with a properly fed foot, and he's also barefoot with great feet.

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I would supplement if you want real results... I don't really think hoof oils are that great IMO, but supplementing with a high biotin supplement will definitely help, though it takes a while still to see it since the hoof has to grow out...

Hoof oil can actually dry hooves out more than anything, since it is water repellent, if they are already dry, it prevents more water from entering the walls. Just hosing them for a few minutes every day or even making a mud patch with clean(no poo or pee) dirt will help to moisturize them. If they are brittle and flaky I would go with a supplement and maybe a cream like corona or some hoof conditioner instead of an oil.

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If your going to use a hoof oil or conditioner I will recomend mane an tail hoofmaker...its more of a paste but you can just brush it on. It actually works very well and doesnt make the problem worse like so many over oils.


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