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post #1 of 5 Old 09-16-2012, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Hoop Supplement You've Had the Most Success With?

Hoof Supplements...

Journey gets such dry, cracked hooves in summer in these dry conditions. I have had her on Glanzen3 via Smartpak, but though she's not a picky eater, she just hates the stuff!

I'd like to find an economical one that works that I can keep her on year round that she'll eat with her feed. What hoof supplements have you had the most success with?

I like Smartpak, because my barn orders it and bills me. Any successes would be much appreciated.

I'm looking at Grand Hoof Pellets right now...Studying Smartpak comparison chart I think it sounds pretty good and the price is right, though it doesn't have as much biotin as Glaz3.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-16-2012, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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...and if supplements aren't the answer, please share the proper nutrition for horse from season to season. Journey is on 24/7 turnout. Grass in summer, hay in winter. Barn feeds sweet feed. She gets about 3 cups twice a day. I know. I've heard the bad reviews of sweet feed, but they feed it to everyone! Not up for discussion.

Additives, supplements, etc. are owners discretion...

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Do you know what brand of feed it is? What supplements to give depend on what he's already getting from his feed.
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When you're not there how do you know if your horse is getting the supplement? The chipping and cracking is just your horse getting rid of excess hoof wall as in self trimming. It's not usually a matter of concern but an issue of cosmetics. As long as the cracks don't start to crawl half way up the wall then the hoof is ok.

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Grass alone doesn't provide complete nutrition for any horse (IME and tha I have ever heard of. Certain areas are deficient in different things) and most sweet feed is not fortified at all and just "fluff" calories/NSCs. You are almost certainly deficient in several key areas of nutrition. These areas allow for weaker connected white lines, thinner hoof walls and just crappy looking feet even with the best hoof care. Ask me how I know lol

I use Triple Crown ration balancer as it has all the nutrients my area needs without custom mixing something as well as biotin and probiotics. None of my horses feet ever crack or chip unless I allow them to grow too long and they all look like a million bucks impervious to the environment.
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