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post #1 of 18 Old 08-29-2014, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Motor Oil?

My horse has short vertical cracks all around his front hooves. They started doing this soon after trimming. My farrier said it due to the very dry then wet then dry again weather again we had. He suggested shoes to keep the cracking and chipping to a minimum for the front. He said supplements don't help, but that I could find some used oil and paint some across the top of his hooves. Does this sound reasonable? Has anyone else ever tried this? Appreciate your input.
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My horse has short vertical cracks all around his front hooves. They started doing this soon after trimming. My farrier said it due to the very dry then wet then dry again weather again we had. He suggested shoes to keep the cracking and chipping to a minimum for the front. He said supplements don't help, but that I could find some used oil and paint some across the top of his hooves. Does this sound reasonable? Has anyone else ever tried this? Appreciate your input.
my sister use to do this years ago, it wont hurt, myself I use cooking lard, it also works
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post #3 of 18 Old 08-30-2014, 01:47 AM
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Hmm, I don't think that would be my first choice. I wonder if mineral oil might due instead - I'm wondering about the additives they put in motor oil and the potential negative effect that might have (I'm useless when it comes to chemistry).
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my sister use to do this years ago, it wont hurt, myself I use cooking lard, it also works

the motor oil my sister talked about was used motor oil, not new out of the can, I am sure this is a old remedy, and I think I would trust the new ways a bit better, although I have heard this done by more then one person
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Our farrier suggested the least expensive vegetable cooking oil.

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No, I don't think that sounds at all reasonable. Yes, extreme sudden changes in climate/environment can be the cause, but without further info I'd guess there's more to it.

'Supplements' or such, thrown willy nilly at a horse, or in the idea they should help a particular problem directly, is not a great idea. It also typically takes many, many months to see obvious effects in the hooves, so doesn't 'work' in the short term. But your farrier is incorrect if he believes that *well balanced* nutrition has no effect. And as the vast majority of horses diets are lacking/OD in at least a few things, that means supplements may well be in order, & important for health, including of hooves. But it's important to know what the horse is getting, to know what they require, so... homework required. FeedXL.com is one good resource that can help.

As for motor oil, I would not put ANY oil or grease on horse's feet as a rule. It can't improve health(outer wall already dead & largely impermeable), but if there is damage - cracks etc, it can indeed harm, as it can seal in bugs & make for a more productive environment for infection. It also can further weaken/soften the hoof material. Save that 'hoof conditioner' for use on (healthy only) hooves before a show, to look pretty or such. Here is one good article on hoof dressings... Hoof Dressings: What Studies Show | TheHorse.com
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Hoof supplements saved my horse. You have to give them for weeks before you really notice a big difference, but wow, after 3-6 months, WHAT a difference! Give good hoof supplements and use Rain Maker or vegetable oil on dry hooves...not wet feet...dry them first. Put shoes on for a few months if you're really having problems. You can turn it around. Start with nutrition and protect the hoof from damage, then use the oil. DO NOT use motor oil; it's full of toxins. This is so crazy! It reminds me of a neighbor who used to tell me to put WD-40 on my joints. He's not a doctor (or Einstein), just a goof ball. I feel sorry for his animals...and kids. At least use products made for animals.
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Used motor oil is an old time thing, from waaaay back in the day when us farm kids did not have access to such fancy things as hoof dressings

When I say waaaay back in the day, I am talking late 1950's thru early 1960's.

We also had a water well on our farm that pumped oil. It was not your standard run-of-the-mill oil and was not fit for processing. I kept a can of that around all summer and my horses had terrific hooves. They were barefoot, I did a lot of road riding and their hooves never cracked or chipped. They also ran on 100 acres of pasture.

In this day and age buy a can of hoof dressing. It lasts a long time

Also address the horse's diet as what the horse eats (or doesn't) can make a huge difference in hoof condition.

Whether the horse is on pasture or a sand environment without grass can also make a difference

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Wow.. I remember many "old-timers" using used motor oil on the hooves of their horses, working horses that worked to earn their keep plowing and pulling farm equipment, logging....
No recollection though of how good it was or not...it was what was available and it was used, period! aging myself I am!!

So...diet does indeed play a role in hoof structure, how fast it grows and how healthy it is...fact.
Just like diet has a impact on your horses health and disposition...fact.


That said.... ask your farrier if you are looking for a way to keep in the moisture, keep out the excess moisture...to balance the moisture in the hoof?
If so...maybe this, "Tuff Stuff" would help in doing just that.
It is a sealant, helps to retain or restrict moisture levels, aids in stopping chipping and splitting of hooves....best when applied to a freshly trimmed/rasped hoof.
It lasts and does not need daily application!! Seems to last a week or two, or more and still a noticeable "shiny" appearance to the hoof.
The product allows the hoof to breathe,expand and contract as needed...

http://www.doversaddlery.com/tuff-stuff%C2%AE-hoof-dressing/p/X1-2209/

I see a lot of farriers using the product, recommending the product to their clients and see some very nice results from those who use the product.
It would make me question your farrier and exactly why he told you to use what he did and what he wanted to accomplish with that product over this one {above} or any of the myriad of others available on the market today.......he should have a specific reason and be able to give you a specific answer to your inquiry.

jmo...
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It worked well for my endurance horses. Switched to a hoof dressing that lasts longer - which also has petroleum listed in ingredients. Pine tar is another common ingredient.
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