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Goosey 11-10-2011 02:57 AM

Just went barefoot- Now chipping.
Well my horse Merlin got his racing shoes pulled and feet trimmed just over 2 weeks ago, and they were looking great after they were all trimmed. But now, his hooves are chipping away!...Is this part of the 'going barefoot' process? Anything I should be doing? The reason I chose to not have him shod again was so that his feet could toughen up. Any ways to strengthen the wall?

bubba13 11-10-2011 02:58 AM

Hoof supplements will help, but it will take a good year to see a significant effect. Can you post photos?

AQHA13 11-10-2011 03:06 AM

Rasping the edges to make them rounded may help but, as mentioned, pictures would be good.

Goosey 11-10-2011 03:20 AM

Sorry i dont have any photos yet! Ill take some tomorrow and put them up. Can you suggest some hoof supplements that will help strengthen?

bubba13 11-10-2011 03:24 AM

Depends on who you ask. My farrier (and vet) swear by HS-35, which is a general all-purpose supplement you add to plain oats. Takes care of all the vitamin/mineral needs. Others really like Farrier's Formula (or is it Farrier's Secret? can't recall). I use something from US Animal Nutrition company. Biotin is the key ingredient when it comes to hoof strengthening.

wild_spot 11-10-2011 04:20 AM

Biotin is generally supplied in sufficient amounts from pasture, so pasture kept horses normally won't benefit from biotin only.

Other ingredients just as important are Zinc and Methionine.
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Mike Zimmerman 11-10-2011 08:48 AM

Did he just break out where the old nail holes were? That's going to happen.
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caseymyhorserocks 11-10-2011 10:32 PM

Do a mustang roll like AQUA said, curving the edge with a rasp. Have your farrier come out about every 4 weeks to do a trim to help prevent further chipping.

Goosey 11-11-2011 04:45 AM

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Only 3 pictures seem to want to load instead of 4 >.< The hind right is the worst...Geez my TB is a problem horse xD

cakemom 11-11-2011 06:20 AM

Id do a mustang roll as stated and although some say no, I use corn oil in my horses feed and I swear it helps with cracking.
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