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post #1 of 8 Old 12-19-2012, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
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Soft hooves?

My horse has very soft hooves, well actually more brittle than soft. She will even disobey my aids to get off the stones and into the grass! So I was wondering if any of you had ideas on how to harden her soles and make her hooves less brittle? Thank you for all and any anwers.
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-19-2012, 03:11 AM
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Same horse that's barn sour? Is she or has she been shoed?
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-19-2012, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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Yip, same horse, never been shod. She copes OK but I would like for her soles to be harder. Oh and when I first got her she was fine (did not trip on rocks but still had very chipped hooves after a stony ride).
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I like to paint my horse's soles with venice turpentine a few times a week. It hardens them nicely.

There are also other products you can buy (Keratex makes a hoof hardener).
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-20-2012, 10:30 AM
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Diet makes all the difference in the world.

Pasture and hay quality can even make a difference.

Here's the link to another thread where "EmilyJoy" posted a link to Pete Ramey's site that discusses the importance of diet.

Pete Ramey- Info on diets regarding hoofs etc.

I should've never seen this because I am going to throw it out there every time I see the need --- yes, I bookmarked the entire thread

What's wrong with hooves and coat can't be fixed from the outside until it's addressed from the inside. Granted some horses will respond better than others due to genetics but, it has to start with diet
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For the sake of your horse's comfort until you get her diet/feet all sorted out, you may want to look into some of the hoof boots out there.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-20-2012, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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ok i'll see what I can do.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-28-2012, 06:20 AM
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Talk to your farrier. Your farrier can tell you a lot about your horse's feet. Your horse may need a diet change like better feed or a hoof supplement. Or your horse may just have bad hooves. It can be genetic. In that case shoes or hoof boots would be your best bet.
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