So, my mare who usually has pretty good hooves has suddenly, within the last week, gotten her hooves chipped, cracked, and really dry.
I've been riding her as lot more lately, sometimes over short stretches of lava rocks, but I never noticed this immediately after a ride, it's as though they deteriorate over night or something, lol
Her pen is pretty dry, though she's also VERY, VERY prone to thrush--even when it's perfectly dry
Her back hooves look pretty good, but her front hooves are just nasty, especially her one white hoof.
She's currently barefoot, but the farrier will hopefully be here within the next week to reshape, and probably put shoes on as well.
This picture was taken around Easter (hence the coloring ), and they kept that texture (you can see the white hoof is already looking dry there) but now they both look MUCH worse. I was going to take a picture, but I misplaced my camera lol :P
Anyway, what should I use to help moisten them and get them looking nice (and keeping them nice)? I'm not beyond using products like Rainmaker, Hoof Flex, etc. if I need to, but I prefer to stay natural whenever I can.
So I've heard of using things like pine tar, neatsfoot oil, baby oil, and even motor oil (which I've also hear a lot against, and I'm not sure I'd want to use it anyway, lol )
And kind of a thought of my own, what would happen if I used Glycerin soap? Nothing added to it, just good a ol' glycerin soap bar I know that glycerin draws moisture into things, that's why they use it for leather conditioner (which is what I have it for) and in lip glosses, because it moisturizes. Has anyway ever tried it?
I've also been adding more grain (Sweet Feed to be exact) to her diet to accommodate the extra exercise. Could that be making a difference?
I'd love to hear your opinions, thanks! :)