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post #1 of 2 Old 07-21-2012, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle Galls and Sore feet

I have a new horse, a rescue, who has some problems from bad management in the past. He has old saddle galls pretty bad, they are mostly healed over, but still soft in the area with some hair loss and scabbing. I have been looking for a good product to help scar healing and restoring the hair loss. Any suggestions?

Also, the same horse was shod most of his life and is now transitioning to barefoot. He seems to have thin soles and can be tender on harder terrain. Any suggestions for toughening up hooves? I have considered getting him some trail boots, Old Macs or something, and using something like the Keratex hoof hardener or Tuff Stuff. Any experience with these products?

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post #2 of 2 Old 07-23-2012, 06:10 AM
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Don't know about scar healing. I'd ask a good horse vet as they should be up with the best.

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Also, the same horse was shod most of his life and is now transitioning to barefoot. He seems to have thin soles and can be tender on harder terrain. Any suggestions for toughening up hooves? I have considered getting him some trail boots, Old Macs or something, and using something like the Keratex hoof hardener or Tuff Stuff. Any experience with these products?
If he's been shod all his life & has thin soles then it may be a while yet before you need to think about 'transitioning' or toughening. His hooves need to *grow* thicker, not so much get harder. Hoof boots are generally a good option, with a wide range to suit different horses & situations. Easycare's site has a lot of info on sizing & what sort of boots may suit.
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