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    04-01-2009, 10:52 PM
Oiling hooves

Can you over do it on oiling your horse's hooves? I oil my horse's hooves twice a week with Rain Maker and I love it. I just started it a month ago and found a huge improvement in his hooves.
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    04-02-2009, 12:19 AM
In theory I suppose you could, but I've never seen or heard of it being done. Just follow the manufacturer's directions and you'll be good. I use rainmaker too, every other day in the summer - works great!
    04-02-2009, 01:46 AM
Grooming is an obsession of mine I think. I love to brush my horse, and get him all cleaned up. Haha.
    04-02-2009, 02:40 AM
I've heard you shouldn't do the cornet(sp?) band? Also that it shouldn't be done alot. Although I'm still not sure on that lol.
    04-02-2009, 05:20 AM
Depends who you talk to. I don't know what rain maker is but I used to oil my horses hooves 3 times a week with WBHO but I actually found my new horses hooves are better when I don't oil them and just use stockholme tar as needed.
    04-02-2009, 04:42 PM
You can definitely overdo it with certain kinds. It depends on the brand. I would read the instructions. If it's a liquid, I would put it around the coronet band and let it drip down. Doing it twice a week seems reasonable. :) At least until the horse's hooves get hydrated and healthy again, and then I would tone it down a little and use it only when he needs it.

I use Hoof Savor, which is more like a paste. You can put it on the whole hoof and especially around the heel and coronet band.
    04-02-2009, 04:49 PM
I'm not for certain but I would think it depended on the weather and footing for the horse. When its been very dry weather we put a hoof dress on our girls, but not during wet weather. They all have great hooves.
    04-04-2009, 06:19 PM
Most manufacturers will tell you it's best to massage it into the coronet band, which stimulates the growth of a healthy hoof, and to add a light coat all over the hoof 2-3 times a week. I too have heard that over oiling can cause feet to become soft, but I've never seen it actually happen.

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