Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
Our OTTB came to us with thin, brittle hoof walls that wouldn't hold a shoe. Not only that, parts of the hoof wall tore away when the shoes came off! We started using Biotin Plus, to add more Biotin to his diet and saw an immediate improvement. But we still had problems with cracks at times so we added a hoof dressing called Keratex that actually hardens the hoof by adding molecular keratin. You can put it on the soles also. Our farrier was astounded. DB quickly developed the hardest, widest hoof walls that he's ever seen on a TB and he's started recommending it to all his clients with problem feet. It's a little expensive, but you don't use much and it REALLY hardens the foot. Thank you for asking about this because we haven't needed it for awhile, but with all the rain we've had, I've noticed some thrush on my horse....and we're going to start using this again (in addition to treating the thrush.)
ETA: You might want to take a look at SmartPak's hoof supplement page. They have a chart showing the contents of all the supplements and you can read reviews by users.
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