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post #1 of 4 Old 12-26-2008, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question What's the saying about white hooves????

My horse and I have moved from Pennsylvania to Texas. We have endured drought like conditions for over a year here in San Antonio. Up until the last week or so, her feet have only been a little dry. In the last 2 weeks she has lost 2 shoes on two seperate occasoions. I've also found silver dollar sized craters on the bottom of her feet. Her frogs seem fine, just extremely dry. And of course, all 4 of her feet are white.

I have never experienced this extreme drought condition before. I paint her feet as often as possible, which is 3-4 times a week with Rainmaker. No one else that boards there seems to be as bad off as my mare. Her feet are really beginning to look horrible. I'm considering starting her on some sort of supplement for her feet, but don't know where to even start. It's also not an option to pull her shoes, due to the rocky terrain she is turned out on.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-26-2008, 03:30 PM
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My mare has white hooves, and her feet are always in great shape (I'm up in NJ)
My app gelding also has white hooves and he has strong feet and only lost a shoe once (due to my error on his trimming schedule)

The color of the hooves have nothing to do with weakness or strength.

I would talk to you vet or farrier and see what they recommend.
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-26-2008, 05:04 PM
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White hooves are said to be softer than black.
3 of my 6 horses have white feet and Ive only really ever had trouble with 2 of them.

One was my paint. I had alot of trouble with his feet, constantly breaking and just really struggling to keep any moisture in them.

Then we moved properties about 5 years ago and he was kept in a larger more diverse paddock with a dam. It took 6 months for his feet to come good with dressing and biotin supplements) and we've never had a problem since.

My TB on the other hand has constant problems. They dont affect his soundness in any way, but its just very hard to keep the right balance, especially in a drought (which we have been in for god knows how long now).

The best thing Ive found (with the assistance of my farrier) is to get a good quality hoof dressing (use 4-5 times a week) and lots of water.

If you have access to a dam or river or something like that then standing them in there for 10 - 15 minutes a few times a week does wonders. If not then wearing neoprone (sp?) bell boots soaked in water, or even just wetting the hooves before applying the dressing will also help.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-26-2008, 05:05 PM
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In the fall of 1998, I moved three of my horses from the OH/PA border to the low desert area of Southern California for five years.

The two Walkers hooves went thru the strangest metamorphosis I have ever seen. Their soles and frogs looked almost mutant

The Arab's hooves never missed a beat and always stayed the same (imagine that --- his gene pool realized it was back in the desert evidently).

Along with the very arid climate we moved to, their diet made a huge difference too. That was when I took everyone off sweet feed and never looked back. I had them on Nutrina but I can't remember which one as I've been gone from SoCal for five years and the less I remember the happier I am

The only external treatment that worked with any success the five years I was out there was Mollimentum. It is a hoof grease and easiest put on with a cheap two inch paint brush.

If it was hotter than 95 degrees the Mollimentum came out. I would slather the Mollimentum on their hooves (top and underside) every day during those hot days. Thru the cooler months I would use Fiebing's hoof oil once or twice a week unless it was in the rainy season, then I left their hooves alone in that regard.

For my part, it seems their hooves needed a lot more attention in that environment than they did when I lived on the OH/PA border and from what they need now that we are in Middle Tennessee.

When I brought my horses back east of the Mississippi, their soles and frogs (mainly soles) made the transition back to what I call normal in just a few months, but I sure could see the "change rings" on everyone's hooves until they all grew a completely new hooves.

I know how frustrating this issue is for you. Hope this helps you some.

I forgot to say that each of these horses has only one white hoof and those hooves are as tough as the dark ones. It was the environment they were introduced to.

If I were going to recommend anything to put in their feed, it would be Omega-3 Horseshine first and BOSS second. I won't use BOSS because it's really high in Omega-6 --- not a good thing for my metabolic horse.

The Omega-3 Horseshine does wonders for everyone's hooves and coats. Even their winter coats are "slick and shiny, their hooves are the pliable-hard they should be no matter how much rain we get. I wish I'd known about in when I lived in SoCal---

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