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post #1 of 6 Old 07-29-2010, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Venice Turpentine or Durasole?

So my best friends horse has issues with his feet. For almost a year he had to be sedated for the simplist trim. After alot of hard work, he tolerates a trim pretty well. Farrier still thinks its a bad idea to shoe him because a misdriven nail is what sent him into panic about having his feet handled in the first place. He has good strong feet. No chipping, no cracks. She would love to have shoes on him, just for the fact that he gets pretty sore on rocks and stones. We live in PA on the mountain...most of our terrain is rocky.

He has been barefoot now for almost 8 months and his 'ouchiness' hasnt improved. Our farrier has something against boots of all kinds...not sure what it is but she wont use boots on him.

So what were down to is: we need a hoof hardener. All the oldtimers I knew used Venice Terpentine. It always seemed to work. Smells like the devil and gets all over everything the end of the week you usually have a horse that is less ouchy on rocks.

The other option would be Durasole. I've never used it but after poking around on this BB and several others, it seems to be well reccomended.

Does anyone have any experience with EITHER product? Good bad and ugly are accepted here. Were just trying to find this boy a temporary solution. He is making progress everyday in having his feet handled. We figure by the time spring rolls around next year, he should be a seasoned pro at this.
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**BUMP** wheres my feet peeps at?
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Have used both products.

Not sure either did much on my thin soled horse other than make me feel like I was doing something.

I think of all those things I saw the most change when I used Keratex hoof hardener.


Warning - Venice turpentine is a real pain to get out of your hair.
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I wouldn't advise either, or Keratex or the likes actually. The horse doesn't need harder soles & frogs, he needs them to *grow thicker*. If the farrier's got a problem with boots, that's her problem.

The owner doesn't have to take their word for it & cut off their nose, so to speak. Perhaps the farrier's opinion of boots is based on experience from the past. Boots have come a long way in the last 10 years or so and there are many great designs & types which have successfully addressed problems of older styles. Easycare have a wide range of good types, to suit most horses & situations. Another possible alternative tho is Vettec Sole Guard or such like. This will protect & support the horse's feet, which a topical 'hardener' wont.
Getting the horse shod is not going to give the horse healthier feet, or even protect them without additional padding. Just potentially mask the problem & may allow the horse to exercise on rough ground without feeling the damage.

It depends on factors such as diet, nutrition, management & environment as well as innate hoof strength & good frequent trimming, as to whether a horse is able to develop 'rock crunching' feet. Given these considerations, most pleasure horses will need protection & support for their feet in at least some environments/situations.
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Originally Posted by loosie View Post

The owner doesn't have to take their word for it & cut off their nose, so to speak.
Unfortunatly, this is the case. When I mentioned that the arab that I ride at our farm needed some extra protection I suggested boots. I told her that I would pay for them and that it would be like shoes that he could take off. She said that the farrier is extremely against boots and refuses to do their feet if they have been wearing them. I dont know the farriers issues (there are a few) but the dynamic gets worse when you ad in that our farrier is my friends nephew. He is a good farrier but he can be stubborn.

If it were my horse, he would have been wearing boots. They dont bother me and if he doesnt want to do my horses feet, there are several other competent farriers in my area. The problem arises that they are family. Sorry I didnt volunteer this didnt seem relevant at the time.
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I used DUrasole and liked it although it helped not enough for my thin soled mare to go bare ... it does get her thur the tough times when she throws a shoe or whatever

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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