Originally Posted by Twilight Arabians View Post
So its been about 2 months and Willow's feet still seam to be a bit tender, she's fine on sand or soft dirt but anything else and she has a hard time.
Know some of my responses are echoing what's been said, but...
I'm presuming 'it's been 2 months' is since shoes? That's not long. 'Transitioning' can last for anywhere from no time to years, depending on the horse, the environment, diet, etc. There's a lot more to it than just time. The environment she lives & works on, diet, nutrition, exercise and quality & frequency of trimming are all important factors. If she lives on soft ground & does most of her work on soft stuff, she will probably never develop 'rock crushing' feet. Boots, 'Sole Guard' or such are valid forms of hoof protection, for 'transition' & riding on rough ground.
anyone know of some good products I can use on her feet to make them a little harder? I have been putting turpentine on them to make them grow faster and some anti fungi/ moisturizer
You don't want to make her feet harder, they need to be thicker, & this will only come with exercise/hoof stimulation & growth. Turpentine, formadehyde, etc are also bad for her hooves. Turps will not make them grow faster. Only good nutrition/diet & hoof stimulation will do that. Growth is more accurately measured in miles than time - the more exercise, the more they grow. On that note tho, if the horse is not fully comfortable/sound on certain surfaces, she won't be using her feet correctly, won't land heel first if her heels are sensitive, for eg, so make sure you provide her with adequate protection so that she can get that exercise comfortably.
Anti-fungal treatment is definitely a good idea if she has thrush/seedy toe, as this can inhibit rehab & cause tenderness. If she no longer has infection, good, well balanced nutrition & good frog stimulation/circulation *should* help to prevent it reoccuring. 'Moisturiser' is unnecessary & unhelpful. If you're in a very dry environment, ensuring her hooves get a good soak in water every day or few is helpful tho. If her feet appear scaley & over dry, this is likely due to diet/nutrition issues, possibly as well as the turps treatment.
I wanted to get shoe's on her when my farrier was out a few weeks ago but he thought it best to just trim her this time and wait a few months then see about shoes...
I'm all for bare feet, believe it's far better for the horse, but I suggest you do some research, as it's definitely a subject to go into with your eyes wide open. As I've mentioned, there's a LOT more to healthy, sound feet than just whether or not to shoe. Pete Ramey hoof care heals founder in horse’s navicular disease farrier
& Mayfield Barehoof Care Centre front page
are 2 great sites to begin your education.
Why did your farrier think it was best to wait a few months for shoes? Has she had probs in the past that he wants to get her over first? Perhaps he doesn't like the idea of shoes either & is hoping you'll come to the barefoot conclusion within a few months...??