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post #1 of 3 Old 09-10-2007, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Hoof cracks

My horses require trimming every 4 weeks this summer. Usually by the end of 3 week after the trim they have splits on the very end of wall. Nothing very bad, but still doesn't look great. Nothing in trimming was changed since last year. However the weather is EXTREMELY dry this year. I think that can be a case. I know some people use that "rain maker" and some says it's better not to use. Does anyone have same problems with hoofs? Any solutions?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-10-2007, 07:54 AM
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we use i think its called 'effol' its in a green container and the stuff is also green in colour. when we fill the water troffs we over flow them a little so the ground around the troff is wet, so when the horse stands at the troff to drink they are standing in wet soil.seems to work for our horses,they arent shod and dont have any cracks in thier hooves.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-10-2007, 10:27 AM
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My percherons hooves do the same thing.Her hooves grow extremely fast.I don't call the farrier that often because my other horses do not need it so her hooves crack.And i agree this year was so dry and the hooves are more brittle than usual.I think the rain maker should work well.

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