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post #1 of 6 Old 05-31-2016, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Nutritional aids to shoring up stretched white line

I have a boarder’s 21 yo, barefoot, brood mare that has flared feet and a stretched white line. She came from a previous situation of neglect, poor nutrition and more recently, very wet muddy conditions.

She is now getting regular hoof care, better nutrition (Purina Senior, hay and grazing, no current supplements) and drier, better draining pasture conditions. The flare and the accompanying cracks are being corrected slowly. The cracks are now only superficial. She does have a nice thick hoof wall.

There are additional issues that will need to be addressed in trimming, but for now, the focus is on tightening the white line and getting some initial balance restored to the hooves.

At last exam both by vet and farrier, there appears to be no thrush (we have been using 2x day Banixx as a preventative) or additional infection/fungus so it appears she dodged that bullet…for the moment.

One of the things I came across on line was the use of MSM and added Magnesium in helping to nutritionally tighten up the white line in the flared hoof. Our area does tend to be low in Mg and two of my other personal horses are on MSM for inflammation issues without a problem.

In your experiences, have you tried this supplement combination in addition to good hoof care and do you feel it made a difference in the success of rehabilitating the feet?

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Subbing. I am interested in this as well, since my gelding has had a stretched white line since I've had him despite super low carb hay and fantastic trimming. Just a little something that won't go away. I may have to try the supplements and see if it helps.

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It sounds like you're doing everything right for the mare.

I can't say enough good for Banixx --- I love that stuff for Scratches all the way down to thrush and as an aid to bring the white line back.

I use it every day on my Foundered horse. He isn't on magnesium or MSM. He is on a prescription for insulin resistance and EquiThrive-Joint for pain and inflammation.

What helps his whitelines the most, after diet, is every day use of Banixx and I will put hoof boots on him, as needed.

His whitelines have come together, barefoot, in ways my farriers would never have believed, if they hadn't been been trimming him. He is also trimmed every four weeks, which keeps the tendency to flare under control.

He also has thick hoof wall and believe me, that is a blessing for the mare you are caring for:)
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I forgot to add that I paint the lower half of the hooves and his soles with Keretex once or twice a week.

He has strong hooves but the founder has weakened them. The Keretex keeps his hooves from chipping and seems to toughen up the whiteline.

It is expensive but is one of those things that is value received. If the mare's owner is willing to spend the money, it would be a good investment.

It only takes a small amount each time. An 8 ounce bottle lasts me about six months.

Care should be taken to be sure Keretex does NOT get on the frog, heel bulbs or any other fleshy parts.
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I personally just go with what the research and feed analysis says. It's been close to a year now since Hondo has been on Cu, Zn, Mg, Vit E and Selenium.

His white line is in good shape but to say it was Mg or one of the other minerals, or a combination is hard to say, particularly since a loose white line can take a few months to grow out tight. And right in the middle of the year I overfed him on alfalfa.

So addressing your question, I've tried supplements, including Horseshoer's Secret in the past, but I can't say definitively that it made a difference, other than what the unbiased research reports say that it does.

I wonder each morning when dishing out the supplements if it's really doing any good, but I keep doing it. Forgot to mention, I'm still doing ground flax. It's good for the hair and skin which is the same thing hooves are made from so maybe that helps also.

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I have seen significant differences in hoof health, from supping Mg & other essential nutrients which are short in a horses diet. In my own & in clients horses who are *appropriately* supplemented. I dont believe 'willy nilly' type nutritional supps are the best, and may be just a waste of money, or worse, but if you have a fair idea of what theyre getting from their diet - ask local ag experts for info on soil mineral content if you cant do actual analysis - you can get a good idea whats needed.

Mg specifically, along with chromium has been found to be deficient and very beneficial if supped, for IR/diabetics - people and horses - and for a wide range of effects. Mg is one mineral which is more oft than not defic. in our diets. But also not wholely about diet - eg stressed (physical or mental) bodies use/require more.

There have been studies done to show msm reduces the risk of hoof infections in otherwise prone (due to overall health or environment) beasts. Sulphur is another commonly deficient min, and msm is a very absorbable, safe way to supp.

So... aside from gen well balanced nutrition (mine on a ration balancer appropriate to their diet) mine also get extra Mg, chromium(2 are IR) & msm. They have had periods of just RB or just mg, & the msm is only in last couple years, and i do notice differences in hooves.

If the horse has superficial cracks (as in just outer layer?) that can commonly be due to nutritional probs. Flaring/stretching is due to mechanics though, and while the already stretched white line takes a while to grow out, flaring, esp the mechanics that cause it, should be able to be addressed in 1-few trims generally.
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