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    04-21-2011, 12:12 AM
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Foal
I need help with HOOF HEAL

Well I read nothing but great reviews and used it for the first time on my gelding. Most of the reviews said that it absorbs quickly into the hoof, but I felt like it wasn't absorbing fast enough. Also, I could only apply it to the top of his hoof because I know they need to be very clean before you apply. However, I have no good idea on how to clean his hoof well enough on the bottom in order for me to be able to apply it. Please give me some ideas AND explain to me the drying process? Thanks!
     
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    04-21-2011, 09:17 AM
  #2
Green Broke
I never apply it to the bottom side of the hoof. I don't want the soles of my horses' feet to soften with the oil. Hard/tough soles are healthy soles! Just put it all over the hoof wall, hairline to the ground. It will soak in through the coronet band in to the inside of the hoof.

It soaks in quickly, but that depends on the moisture content of your horse's feet. Dry feet soak it up faster than hooves with already balanced moisture. On my guys, it takes about 5-10 minutes to soak in completely.
     
    04-21-2011, 01:55 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
I never apply it to the bottom side of the hoof. I don't want the soles of my horses' feet to soften with the oil. Hard/tough soles are healthy soles! Just put it all over the hoof wall, hairline to the ground. It will soak in through the coronet band in to the inside of the hoof.

It soaks in quickly, but that depends on the moisture content of your horse's feet. Dry feet soak it up faster than hooves with already balanced moisture. On my guys, it takes about 5-10 minutes to soak in completely.
Ok thanks. The farrier said he had dry hoofs, but I had just hosed him off. I held a towel down to dry them but they could have still been a little moist from the water.
     
    04-21-2011, 02:06 PM
  #4
Green Broke
You should apply the oil before you hose him and let it set a minute.
     
    04-21-2011, 09:11 PM
  #5
Trained
I'm using Farrier's Fix Hoof Oil and it says to apply it to a slightly wet hoof to aid in it soaking into the hoof better. As for doing the undersides, you just have to hold the foot up, clean it and apply it in one shot. I only do the undersides weekly since it's kind of a pain to do.
     
    04-21-2011, 10:02 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
You should apply the oil before you hose him and let it set a minute.
That's what I did today and it worked a lot easier except I got kneed in the face lol. It didn't hurt as bad as I thought it would thank God! I think that's what I will do for now on. I let it sit for close to ten minutes before I washed him but they were all still wet and there is so much dirt everywhere. Luckily I'm moving him soon to another place that has a cement aisle
     
    04-21-2011, 11:19 PM
  #7
Showing
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.
     
    04-21-2011, 11:48 PM
  #8
Foal
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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 just apply it all over his hoof. Hoof heal has very good ratings and reviews on moisturizing the hoof and keeping it looking nice so I tried it.
     
    04-22-2011, 01:03 AM
  #9
Green Broke
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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.
     

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