Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Central Hill Country Texas
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?
“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer