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post #11 of 17 Old 07-23-2012, 11:49 PM
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just out of curiousity, are you a lightening strikes twice mother of two sets of twins, or are you the mother of a blended family?
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post #12 of 17 Old 07-25-2012, 10:19 PM
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Hi,

Hoof boots are generally a great option for protecting/supporting hooves when needed.

Biotin is one nutrient that while not generally deficient in the diet(if a horse gets enough green forage), has been shown to be helpful to hoof quality & growth if extra is supplemented. It is but one of many necessary 'ingredients' that make up healthy feet though. Many, including copper, zinc, magnesium & iodine for eg are often deficient/imbalanced in the diet. Therefore I'd be looking at a more complete supp than straight biotin, unless you're sure the rest is fine.

I would not use topical hoof goops, as this can be harmful to their feet - & doesn't help health anyway. Dryness is not a problem.
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post #13 of 17 Old 07-25-2012, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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@tinylilly I have one set of twins (the toddlers) and a six yr old step daughter as well as a six yr old son. Not to mention an eleven and an eight yr old. All boys except the step. We have a big crazy awesome family.

The quarter pony can run rocks all day without a chip. It must be genetic too because they eat the same except tb eats way more. If only they could all have pony feet!
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post #14 of 17 Old 07-26-2012, 02:35 PM
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@tinylilly I have one set of twins (the toddlers) and a six yr old step daughter as well as a six yr old son. Not to mention an eleven and an eight yr old. All boys except the step. We have a big crazy awesome family.

The quarter pony can run rocks all day without a chip. It must be genetic too because they eat the same except tb eats way more. If only they could all have pony feet!
Phew that is a big family, I have one son who is going to be 5 next month and he alone is enough to make he go crazy on some days .

I have an OTTB who had terrible feet when I got her(she came with front shoes) I pulled her shoes and let her be a pasture pet for a few months and started her on Bio-flax 20(biotin supplement) with great results. I've had her since may 2010 and her feet are fantastic now, she is never tenderfooted anymore. I used easy boot epics while her feet were toughening up, They were difficult to get on at times but worked great for her feet.
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post #15 of 17 Old 07-26-2012, 03:10 PM
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I know some trail riders that love the Easy Boot Trails, mostly because they are super easy to put on/take off.

If you want to improve hoof quality, I would go with a hoof supplement that has biotin, methionine, and lysine.
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post #16 of 17 Old 07-26-2012, 03:35 PM
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Here's an interesting article on biotin: Biotin Basics: News: Kentucky Equine Research

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Researchers found normal blood levels of biotin in horses with poor-quality hoof horn, so unhealthy hooves are not a result of deficiency. Despite normal blood levels, horses responded to megadoses of biotin given orally, which led scientists to believe that this is one of the few nutrients where more may actually be better.
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In order to achieve maximal improvement in hoof health, a horse should consume a minimum of 15 mg of biotin per day. If improvement has been seen within eight to 15 months, the horse will need to remain on biotin the rest of its useful life to maintain that improvement. Cutting the dose is not advisable because it may affect the results, and care should be taken not to buy more than what can be used up in six months.
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post #17 of 17 Old 07-26-2012, 03:58 PM
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The only thing I've found to stop flies from biting is putting garlic in the feed. I do a teaspoon every 3 days so as not to overdo it. No flyspray has ever worked for me. And they're expensive! I agree with the easyboots. I've never tried biotin, a friend of mine did with spectacular results the second year. I use Omega horseshine and have seen a difference in the 3rd week. Good luck finding whats right for you and your horse.
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