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 but...at 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.