How to Strengthen a Horse's Hooves?
I bought one of my old lesson horses yesterday. And went to see him at the barn for the first time. He is 23 years old and looks great, besides his feet. We are getting the shoes removed because we do not believe in metal shoes, prefer barefoot, and they are causing him more problems! He is not lame, and does not have any swelling or other leg injuries. His hoofs are terribly dry, cracked, and chipped. The people before us that owned him had turned him out in the pasture for 1 year without ANY grooming. Which is one of the reasons we bought him, because we felt sorry for him. We are having the farrier come take off his shoes and trim him and my other horse soon. My question is, is what can I do to repair his feet, moisten them, and harden them? I am already putting conditioner on them. Thanks!(: