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    08-31-2011, 12:27 PM
  #1
Foal
Whats up with my hooves hooves?

Ever since I got Harry he has like cracked...under..hooves I dunno what they are called, the bit that you pick out around the frog (sole?). But anyway its all cracked and the first time he got shoes on the farrier got rid of it but its back again. Its not like cracking its more like its going to flake off in these scaley bits and he's not lame or anything, he had it on his frog but the farrier filed it an now his frog is all shiney and smooth. Its like its cracking but very shallow like the surface is just dead or something.
Anyway if its dried out I dunno what I should be putting on it, any suggestions?
Any ideas otherwise what it is?
     
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    08-31-2011, 12:38 PM
  #2
Showing
Sounds like his hoof is very very dry... my horse had the same thing going on. I spray on some Hoof Marvel (it's extremely difficult to find.. I had to order mine from a farrier's supply warehouse) but it's a spray on hoof moisurizer. It helps when the weather is really bipolar and there is cracking.

But usually, hooves are cracking also because of a lack of nutrition. Make sure he is getting every vitamin he needs. Adding black oil sunflower seeds (not the ones people eat, the bird ones) to his diet in SMALL amounts at first, will help. Also, he may also be lacking Methionine in his body, which helps hooves to not fall apart. You can buy PURE Di-Methionine supplement from AniMed for about 13 bucks and add a scoop (1oz) in the grain.. it also helps.

I hope other people answer so you can get multiple advice. But that's what I am doing and my horse is doing so much better :)
     
    08-31-2011, 04:01 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Sounds like his hoof is very very dry... my horse had the same thing going on. I spray on some Hoof Marvel (it's extremely difficult to find.. I had to order mine from a farrier's supply warehouse) but it's a spray on hoof moisurizer. It helps when the weather is really bipolar and there is cracking.

But usually, hooves are cracking also because of a lack of nutrition. Make sure he is getting every vitamin he needs. Adding black oil sunflower seeds (not the ones people eat, the bird ones) to his diet in SMALL amounts at first, will help. Also, he may also be lacking Methionine in his body, which helps hooves to not fall apart. You can buy PURE Di-Methionine supplement from AniMed for about 13 bucks and add a scoop (1oz) in the grain.. it also helps.

I hope other people answer so you can get multiple advice. But that's what I am doing and my horse is doing so much better :)
Thanks I'll try the hoof moisturiser thing first though it could just be that, that's the sort of thing I am looking for, I was going to use the hoof oil on them but then I thought I had better check here first.
     
    08-31-2011, 10:36 PM
  #4
Banned
Exfoliating sole due to change in wetness/dryness of pasture conditions?

     
    09-02-2011, 04:40 AM
  #5
Trained
It sounds like you're talking about old sole that just hasn't exfoliated by itself, as in the pic Bubba put up. There's a reason it's "like the surface is just dead" ... because it is. That's fine & natural. I wouldn't put moisturiser on them or other topicals, they're meant to be dry.

Sounds like you could benefit from doing a bit of study into horse's hooves, soundness, etc. I think it's so important for horse owners to educate themselves on this rather than leave it up to some farrier or such, not least because preventative management is generally the best 'cure'. Se my signature links for more info.
     

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