Originally Posted by Lisa Marie
They had him on Smart Hoof. I am keeping him on Smart Hoof and have added Smart Flex to his supplements. I was hoping between the supplements and maybe by adding a topical treatment, he will do fine without shoes. I would so much prefer him barefoot.
Mudpie has had really bad hooves since before I got him. That, paired with bad trimming, made it so that he could not be barefoot without becoming extremely uncomfortable and in pain all the time, even when left to adjust for months at a time. We kept shoes on him, and nursed him off of the leather rim pads, and I also started him on SmartHoof. He was on SmartHoof for about two months (with visible improvement) when I completely re-evaluated his supplements.
I switched him to Farrier's Formula Double Strength, and I was COMPLETELY amazed by the results. His hooves are healthy, not flaky anymore, and actually growing! That's a BIG DEAL! :) I can actually highly recommend Farrier's Formula Double Strength. It's only $4 more per month, and totally worth it. :) So there's my two cents on supplements...
As for shoes, it really depends on his workload and what he's comfortable with. Mudpie was in full work, so shoes were necessary. Mudpie's injury, however, means that he will be on stall rest for four months, and for the first time, I felt comfortable taking his shoes off... He's barefoot! And sound!! :)
It's really your decision, but if he's not going to be doing much, and he's going to be comfortable, going barefoot is a good option! :)