Originally Posted by Saddlebag
Hate to disappoint you people but topicals to the coronary band don't do a thing for hooves. Hoof material is similar to our fingernails and you don't see people painting oils or whatever around the base of the nail. Biotin (part of the vit. B complex) will help grow a better hoof.
I use cuticle cream and oil and it does help the dryness in my nails. Hoof Heal, IME, helps prevent surface cracking in my horses' feet. I have a couple that get minor vertical surface cracks no matter how frequently and "good" they are trimmed. It's probably not really a problem, but I don't like it. Using Hoof Heal twice a week during dry periods helps prevent those cracks and make the ones that do show up look smaller. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it can help prevent infection in nail holes and any cracks that are more than minor.