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    10-05-2011, 11:50 AM
Hooves, Mane & Tail

Just two questions guys :)

So my paint has very brittle weak hooves, he is barefoot, due to the fact that it is cost effective and we are not showing right now. He is on pasture all day with (right now) VERY hard ground/footing, due to the drought here in TX. I have heard myths and different opinions on hoof supplements and topical treatments. I was wondering your opinions and what you may use to strengthen your horse's hooves and prevent cracking? Opinions on Farrier's Formula as a supplement? I have heard varying opinions on both ends of the spectrum about topical treatments. I have discontinued use of my topical treatment due to the fact that I heard it can make hooves soft. I heard rainmaker is the best option. Do you recommend this? Another one? Or no topical at all?

So I see all of these horses with very luscious gorgoeous shiny human-like manes and tail and I am beyond jealous!! My paint has no problem growing hair, however it is somewhat straw-like and lacks shine. I barely ever wash it (once every 2 months) and if I do I only use Mane & Tail Shampoo. I brush it out 2 or 3 times a week with a comb to get out grass,sticks,tangles and use Heathly Haircare Moisturizer which is an orange liquid that you mix with water and spray in. It work great TEMPORARILY...it only is effective on his hair for the day, but has no longer term effects. Any advice? Maybe what you do if your horse has the to-die-for mane and tail?
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    10-05-2011, 03:38 PM
Huh... if both his hooves and coat are rough, then I'd look into talking with a vet and doing something with his feed.
    10-05-2011, 06:13 PM
Flaxseed/BOSS will help both those issues, but speak with your vet first...
    10-05-2011, 10:53 PM
His coat is shiny and nice, just his mane & tail lack the shiny and softness. His hooves have always been very brittle,hm.
    10-06-2011, 12:06 AM
Read up on flaxseed/BOSS, I was just wondering if you use whole flaxseed/BOSS, or a meal or ground?
    10-06-2011, 06:38 AM
I feed BOSS has it is, The flax I buy the seeds and grind it just before I feed....I also feed the flax whole from time to time, but after reading alot about it, apparently its better to grind, but only grind what you need for that meal, I learned that the flax looses alot of nutritional value if grinded and left and not fed right away..
    10-06-2011, 11:49 AM
I use Omega HorseShine - it's stabilized ground flax meal and has other ingredients that really help hoof and coat health. It's readily available - most feed stores carry it, as does Atwoods and Tractor Supply.

I really like it because in addition to helping with hooves and coat, it has psyllium fiber (like in metamucil and "Sand Clear") so that sand colic is less of a concern. We have sandy clay soil, and our horses delight in turning over their feed tubs and eating their feed straight off the ground.

The drought has caused a lot of hoof problems in our neighbors' horses, but we haven't had any issues, and our whole bunch is barefoot...

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