Originally Posted by Appyt
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?
Not as of noon today she hasn't. Tap tap tap but I'm waiting on pins and needles. LOL
Stupid computer wasn't letting me get on here. Kept saying webpage didn't exist or some such thing. I don't know, computers aren't my thing....no baby.
Tough Stuff or any hoof sealer is generally alright to help with preventing drying out of hooves, it's the same as applying a layer of clear nail polish. Good if the hooves are chipping a little bit from overexposure to moisture and while crummy hoof wall is growing down, though it's not a miracle fix. Good trimming will do a lot more for it, but some horses in the transition, benefit from a sealer, esp in wet seasons.
The chemicals that are in it are similar to nail polishes, (I may be wrong on Tough Stuff in particular, though, don't remember the label) but most any chemical has warnings of "don't inhale or get on skin, esp for Pregnant people" . It's a precaution, just like saying don't sniff glue, and the fly spray labels, there's always a small risk when you start messing with chemicals (that was for who ever had expressed a concern in another post).
If the feet are just a tad tender, VENICE Turpentine (NOT the paint thinner kind, bu the kind used as a sort of varnish) can help take the sting out of tender soles, TEMPORARILY. I would compare it to just putting a sock on. It's a thin layer but helps take the "sting" out of the soles. Pretty much only lasts a single ride. It wears off, literally.
Only apply to the hard parts of the sole, and NEVER on the frog (it's could dry out the frog-definitly NOT what you want!). It's sticky, goopy and smelly, but it usually comes with an applicator brush. Hold the foot up for a few seconds and let dry a little. It will attract shavings/grass and such, but that doesn't hurt it..in fact, just another thin layer to walk off. LOL
Like I said, it's a temp fix for slight ouchyness. It won't stop chipping really, but is a tiny extra layer for the sole and protects against small abrasions. It's not going to make a calloused foot out of a rotten, soft one. Just helps one that's "almost there" and I don't usually mention it at all. But...as long as you don't apply to the frog, it's pretty harmless.
Brittle hooves can benefit from a hoof supplement, as has been mentioned. My fav, but not the only one by anymeans, is Horseshoer's Secret, but you have to compare the nutrients to what feed you already give or if you really need a supplement. Most of the time, just getting the shoes off, good trimming and letting the hoof grow out the old (about 9-12 months) the tenderness and breakage stops. Boots offer the best protection, above and beyond any chemicals you can apply to the foot. And they can last a very long time, so are worth the investment. They come in handy for treatment of hoof wounds if it ever occurs as well.