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post #1 of 5 Old 08-11-2018, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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purpose of plastic between shoe and hoof

Concerned as one ex-farrier said can breed bacteria and/or fungal infection in hoof? anyone know/seen such stuff on hooves?
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I'm guessing you mean pads and yes they can do what your ex-farrier said but sometimes they are necessary. If you do have to use them it's best to use some kind of packing between the pad and the hoof to try to keep dirt out. We used to need them for a certain trail ride we went on every year because the trails were mostly rock and sharp rock at that. We'd cut the pad out of all but directly under the shoe as soon as we got home. Some horses need them to keep medication packed in their hooves for certain problems.
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I'm guessing you mean pads and yes they can do what your ex-farrier said but sometimes they are necessary. If you do have to use them it's best to use some kind of packing between the pad and the hoof to try to keep dirt out. We used to need them for a certain trail ride we went on every year because the trails were mostly rock and sharp rock at that. We'd cut the pad out of all but directly under the shoe as soon as we got home. Some horses need them to keep medication packed in their hooves for certain problems.
Pads probably....seems like cutting out good idea....to let air out and dry....
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Use of pads also makes frequent resets a necessity.

Not the 8-10 weeks some people think they can get away with.

More like 4-5 weeks to keep the hoof healthy:)
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-12-2018, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Use of pads also makes frequent resets a necessity.

Not the 8-10 weeks some people think they can get away with.

More like 4-5 weeks to keep the hoof healthy:)
Agree.....thanks.....
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