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post #1 of 14 Old 09-03-2010, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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Would Durasole help my horse?

The ground here is hard because we haven't had rain for weeks and i've noticed that my horse is very sore in his front feet. The barn manager has noticed too and mentioned it to me the other day. He seems to be tripping over his right front more often than in the past. (he tends to scuff his front feet when he comes in from the field because he walks so slowly).

I've been picking them everyday and would really like to find something to help him. He's fine just walking round his field but when i come to work him he seems slightly lame at the trot.

So would using durasole help? Oh, he's barefoot and has been for about 4 years now.

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-03-2010, 10:08 AM
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What is durasole? is it a hoof oil?
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According to the website it is a sole toughener, Durasole - World's Best Sole Toughener!

I read about it in someone elses post and wondered if anyone had used it and if it actually works/helps.
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Thats... Interesting! I dont know how well it would work but I dont think it would hurt to try it. I hope someone else can tell you about it.
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It might not be his foot that's sore: hard ground also affects joints, tendons, etc.
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It might not be his foot that's sore: hard ground also affects joints, tendons, etc.
Beling is right, have you consulted a vet. It may not be the hoof at all.

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If he is tend soled it does help... it didn't cure Sas but it sure helped ALOT

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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I haven't consulted a vet but the manager of the barn was a vet tech and she's had a look at him and said that a few of the other horses were also a bit tender. I'm leaning towards it being his feet because he's being a little bit more grumpy about picking his front feet up for me to pick them out. I noticed today that he needs to see the chiropractor again too, stupid hard ground.

The vet should be coming soon to do shots so i can always get him to take a quick look just in case.
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Hard ground is actually good for horses generally. The problem is, they're usually too used to living on soft stuff, so their feet don't get conditioned to it.

Basic answer is no, I don't think a sole 'toughener' is the answer. They are not generally effective, as the horse's soles/frogs don't need to be harder, more brittle, and this doesn't protect them from stone bruises or such any more. They need to *grow* thicker soles/frogs. I would advise using hoof boots or vettec sole guard or such when working him on hard ground.

It is also probable that there are other issues that cause the *symptom* of added sensitivity on hard ground. Eg. his soles may be flat, his heels may be weak, thrushy, his walls may be overlong.... You can send some hoof pics & info on management, feeding, terrain, etc, if you would like more specific advice.
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Hard ground is actually good for horses generally. The problem is, they're usually too used to living on soft stuff, so their feet don't get conditioned to it.

Basic answer is no, I don't think a sole 'toughener' is the answer. They are not generally effective, as the horse's soles/frogs don't need to be harder, more brittle, and this doesn't protect them from stone bruises or such any more. They need to *grow* thicker soles/frogs. I would advise using hoof boots or vettec sole guard or such when working him on hard ground.

It is also probable that there are other issues that cause the *symptom* of added sensitivity on hard ground. Eg. his soles may be flat, his heels may be weak, thrushy, his walls may be overlong.... You can send some hoof pics & info on management, feeding, terrain, etc, if you would like more specific advice.
Okay so no hoof toughener. Would conditioning his hooves to go on tougher ground (walking him on the rougher stonier ground for short periods) help the issue?

I don't have any hoof pics available right now, i can get some today when i go out but info on the other things i can give you. We are in ohio, as it's summer he's spending nights outside (over the past week it's been cooler and he has been out 24/7); he's a little fat so he's wearing a grazing muzzle and gets less than a quarter cup of grain to mix with his grand-vite supplement. his grain is the pellet kind not sweet feed, last time he had any sweet feed he turned into a crazed monster :S

oh, he's barefoot (i think i mentioned this before) and he's trimmed by a local barefoot trimmer. He's prone to be thrushy and i've been managing it best i can. the trimmer always says he has nice feet.
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