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post #1 of 11 Old 05-14-2010, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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My 21 year old gelding has very bad feet. They crack easily and are soooo dry. Does anyone have any good suggestion for feet?
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-14-2010, 06:17 PM
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Are they shod or barefoot? How often is he trimmed? How is he fed? How dry/ wet is your area? Is he in a lot of mud often? Do you supplement him?

There are so many factors that would be very helpful in giving you suggestions...

The main one I will give is to get him on a biotin supplement, keep his feet dry on dry firm ground, and make sure he is getting the best feed possible, have his feet trimmed often by a good farrier/trimmer.

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As far as supplements go, check out this thread Hoof Supplement

There are also hoof conditioners you can try. I've never used any, and I would love to hear some opinions on them.
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Topicals dont really do anything for the hoof itself. It has to grow out from the coronet band down for you to see improvement.

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Topicals dont really do anything for the hoof itself. It has to grow out from the coronet band down for you to see improvement.
Agreed, and patience...it takes about a year for the hoof to fully grow out.

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I had a mare that had extremely BAD feet, many problems. I used to rub "Corona" into her coronet every day to every other day while they were growing out and they grew out beautifully. I also gave her a feed through suppliment. It took about a year for her feet to actually be decent (they were never perfect, poor girl). Time and patience.
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I have heard of putting vaseline or like baby oil on the hooves for conditioning.

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I have heard of putting vaseline or like baby oil on the hooves for conditioning.
I could see where this would work, but if the horse has white hooves you have to be careful of the coronet getting sunburned. It does work great in the winter for helping to keep the hooves from soaking up so much water though.
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I could see where this would work, but if the horse has white hooves you have to be careful of the coronet getting sunburned. It does work great in the winter for helping to keep the hooves from soaking up so much water though.
Yeah, i read that in one of my horse books. I also read that you can rub vaseline in the bottom and sides of their water bucket (then pour water in) to get frozen water out.

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