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    07-21-2009, 08:49 PM
Smart Hoof Ultra?

My horse has very thin soles... And I put almost everything into this little mare, I mean, it was a huge gamble and she would be perfect except for that... I'm actually afraid to ride her because her hooves are so bad. Has anyone ever used this? If so, what kind of results did you have? If not, I'll link you and let me know what you think... I am pretty sure I'm going to get some but just thought I'd check here and see...

SmartHoof Ultra - Hoof Supplements from SmartPak Equine
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    07-22-2009, 05:34 PM
I use the regular SmartHoof with my Paint.

SmartHoof - Hoof Supplements from SmartPak Equine

The new farrier made a remark that he could see on the hooves when my Paint started getting better nutrition. He didn't know us and didn't know how long I had the horse and he guessed right about when I started using the SH.
    07-24-2009, 09:03 PM
Thanks for the reply!
    07-26-2009, 09:01 PM

Afraid I don't know that product. From looking at the link you gave, I'd say it depends on the diet the horse is on, what else she gets, and whether she's prone to laminitis as to whether this is the right supp for her. I'd get a diet analysis done. Nutrition is not just about providing adequate levels of certain things, but it's also important that nutrients are all well balanced with eachother & not being overdosed either. Eg. Biotin is indeed one of the important ingredients for hoof health, but is also one that isn't likely to be in short supply if the horse has adequate green forage. Also, looking at the list of ingredients, it appears to have a high grain content that could be a problem for some horses, particularly lami prone or cushings types.

Diet is just as important as nutrition for hoof health. Eg. If you're feeding rich &/or large &/or infrequent meals of sugary/starchy stuff, if the horse is getting too little roughage, too much rich pasture, etc, this will also cause hoof probs.

Hoof care, trimming, shoeing, etc also have a huge bearing on the health of feet. On that note, you can send some hoof pics in, for us to give you more specific advice, and is one of many good sites that has heaps of info & will give you some guidelines for good management for hoof health & soundness.
    07-27-2009, 07:10 PM
I know... Her nutrition is currently just grass hay and a few hours a day of grass... The grass here is really like... Um rich and there's lots, I guess, so I try to limit her, because I figure she is probably very prone to lami. Her mother had to be put down because of it, and her hooves have that look about them, if you know what I'm trying to say lol. I have her on Horseshoer's Secret as a supplement and some grain to cover up the taste... She hates it haha.

The thing is that I live like 3 hours away from a vet and the closest vet is not.... Well, lets just say not the nicest, or easiest person to get along with. Not to mention over the top expensive. Like when she first was limping and I got an x-ray on her hooves and he just sat there and complained the whole time that I was taking up his time for nothing and that there was nothing wrong... Well there was something wrong and then he charged outrageously. I try not to go there very much.

Our farrier is also our trainer and he was the one who originally discovered the prob... he's very good with the horses and he's so nice and honest. I'm sure it's not a farrier problem, he put special shoes on her for free when he first found that she had thin soles because he felt bad since she was in his training at the time.

I'll try to get pics up in a day or two, wed. I'm going to be gone so maybe it won't be for a while... I'll try to remember to do that though. Thanks for the info and the site!
    07-27-2009, 08:28 PM
Originally Posted by Nita    
Our farrier is also our trainer and he was the one who originally discovered the prob... he's very good with the horses and he's so nice and honest. I'm sure it's not a farrier problem, he put special shoes on her for free when he first found that she had thin soles because he felt bad since she was in his training at the time.
Good for you, being pro-active about the rich grazing. If she's likely susceptible to lami/IR/Cushings, I'd also be wary about feeding her ANY grain & I'd be looking for a more palatable supp..... tho I realise this is difficult, having a fusspot horse myself!

Um, no offense, but if you don't know the guidelines for healthy feet, then you shouldn't be so sure about the abilities of your farrier, no matter how nice he is. Has she been constantly shod, or does she get regular(couple of months a year at least) breaks from shoes for her feet to recoup from their effects? What were the 'special shoes' he used? Has he mentioned anything about the health of her feet besides the thin soles? What does he think caused the thin soles?

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