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post #1 of 14 Old 07-19-2008, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Weak hooves?

My farrier checked Maia over the other day because I thought she felt off... and he said it's nothing more than just having weak hooves.
I have done a little reading and have settled on Farrier's Choice for a supplement, what about other methods to strengthen hooves?
And, for those who know, is feeding Safe Choice and Farrier's Choice okay? The Safe Choice has a warning about not feeding with other feeds containing supplemental selenium, which is part of the reason I chose Farrier's Choice over, say, Sho-Hoof.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-19-2008, 09:47 AM
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as far as the feed goes, i would contact the feed processor. I know that mine (triple crown feeds) is always very helpful in answering product related questions :)

for strengthening hooves, i'm pretty positive it needs to come from the inside out, so the supplement is probably a good thing; also msm works good, too.

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Re: Weak hooves?

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My farrier checked Maia over the other day because I thought she felt off... and he said it's nothing more than just having weak hooves.
I have done a little reading and have settled on Farrier's Choice for a supplement, what about other methods to strengthen hooves?
And, for those who know, is feeding Safe Choice and Farrier's Choice okay? The Safe Choice has a warning about not feeding with other feeds containing supplemental selenium, which is part of the reason I chose Farrier's Choice over, say, Sho-Hoof.
Any suggestions?
Supplements take a while so be patient.

Some superficial ways to help out a teeny-tiny bit...try not to get her hooves wet to much...hard when you are training in the summer. If they do get wet..don't put her straight on to wood chips...they will literally suck every drop of moisture out of the hoof...especially for some reason if the exterior is already wet.

Give as much turn-out as possible...increased movement creates increased circulation...creates increased growth and strength.
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Supplements do work great, and the two you mentioned would probobly be okay used together. I oil my horse's hooves twice a week, and I've never had hoof problems.
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You can put "Tuff Stuff" on the bottom inch of her hooves to toughen that part up. Just don't put it on the frog or anywhere else but that bottom inch of each hoof.
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-19-2008, 08:13 PM
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hay..

all i can say is do the hooves twice a week even more if you can

and i read an article that said after riding your horse you have to clean the hooves properly


i know thats not much help but hay atleast its something
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hay..

all i can say is do the hooves twice a week even more if you can

and i read an article that said after riding your horse you have to clean the hooves properly


i know thats not much help but hay atleast its something
Do the hooves? Do you mean oil them?
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-20-2008, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all. I'm considering putting shoes on her so I can take her on hacks without worrying.

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You can put "Tuff Stuff" on the bottom inch of her hooves to toughen that part up. Just don't put it on the frog or anywhere else but that bottom inch of each hoof.
I sell that stuff in our tack shop, and I would.. but there's a warning lable on it that reads "caution, product is known to cause severe birth defects and reproduction problems."
I don't know if that means the horse if it licks it, or if I enhale any, or if I accidentally get it on myself...???


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Thanks all. I'm considering putting shoes on her so I can take her on hacks without worrying.
NOOO! Buy boots instead! Shoes will only give you a short term solution...and in the end will make the walls even weaker. Where is barefoothooves when we need her? Did she go into labor...I wonder?
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Topical ointments don't work. My farrier finally convinced me of that.

The miracle hoof supplement: MSM. Hands down. Our vet told us at our barn and several horses were put on it. Within about 6 months - HUGE changes. It was amazing. Definitely worth a try.
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