Originally Posted by mayfieldk
There's a post here about hoof supplements--I love the one my horse's on. He was born and raised by a farrier, and had all four shoes when we bought him. The only advice we were given by his owner was 'don't take his shoes off'. Well, he kept throwing them (and half the hoof wall) so he went on a supplement. What a difference a year makes! He's barefoot and not tender at all!
I guess I'm lucky, but my mom's a pharmacist, so when we decided to look for a supplement, we researched all the different brands. My mom picked Master's Hoof blend because she thinks it has the most blend of vitamins and minerals and amio acids for the price. Horseshoer's Secret is another favorite and I'm sure it works just as well, but it's missing a few of the things in Master's'. I know that I tried Master's', and it works... but that's just my two cents there. :)
Also, I'm a big believer in 'stressing' the hoof to get it to grow stronger. If a horse stands on soft grass all the time, why would his hoof get stronger? It doesn't need to. So if you can, just walk him on pavement or something a little harder, like concrete. Don't get him sore! Just don't avoid those places. :)
You also don't have to stop trail riding... they make 'horse sneakers' that are made for horses with sore feet, so you can boot 'em up and take them out on the trail! They're a little expensive though, so you'll have to be careful when you pick them out (The simple hoof boot... made by...um. Cavelli? I think. Is very good, as is the easy boot epic.)
Taking a horse off of shoes immediately is not always the best option, because sometimes the horse can be so sore and ouchy that the hooves just rip themselves apart. Try to wean him off of shoes, and use the horse sneakers if you can, and I would personally put him on a supplement.
I was looking at the Easy Boots, but they look way to confusing (not a blond, but I'm a metal one haha). He's not shod at the moment...he's barefooted, and even if I do put shoes on him, his shoes will come off in the winter, and put back on in the summer.
His pasture isn't grass, infact I don't think they'll be any grass this summer, sadly, in his pasture. It's just dirt. His pasture is one of the farthest away from the indoor arena, so we have to walk up a gravel walk way to get him up there. It doesn't seem to bother him just walking up there, and I'm thinking that I'm going to have a friend ride him while I walk him up to see what happens.
I definately want to put him on a supplement and price does not matter. I've already spent over $1000 on him (just on stuff for him, treats, and fun stuff haha) so I'm willing to pay for something that people thinks works really well.
For the Master's Hoof Blend...since Sonny isn't grained, he's just on hay, would I just give him the oz. required, or would I need to put him on grain daily for it?