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post #1 of 7 Old 08-13-2014, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question Alternatives to hoof conditioner?

So I hate to pay for anything unless I absolutely need it. I like to find cheap alternatives to things because as I'm sure you guys know horse things can be super expensive I've heard that you can use bacon fat, vegetable oil, or Crisco/shortening/lard instead of hoof conditioners. Anybody have any experience with these? Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-13-2014, 06:37 PM
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Using oils on the outside of the foot does nothing for the hoof health, I am sorry to say. But luckily that means 1 less thing you need to pay for!
The hoof is best conditioned by good nutrition and good trimming.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-13-2014, 07:13 PM
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agreed. anything you put on the outside isn't going to do anything. hoof health comes from inside, and to get that you need a healthy diet for your horse (with possibly supplements to encourage healthy hoof growth). A good farrier is a necessity too!
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Feeding a good diet will help with most of it, but if its just that your horses feet are brittle as they're dry, aqueous cream works pretty well and is pretty cheap but I wouldn't bother with the oil based stuff you're suggesting, it will just dry the hooves out, it may just make them look shiny for a bit!
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If you're wanting to condition the frog, I know Corona ointment advertises on the bottle that it can be used for hooves. I've never tried it personally, but had good results for it wound-care wise. I'd avoid oils, the hooves might look wonderful but I doubt it would really do anything other than make them look fancy!

I have used hoof conditioner, and I definitely think it helped her frog stay conditioned...so, I wouldn't say that everything you put on the outside is useless. But (as others have stated), for healthy hooves, keeping them trimmed and feeding well is very important as well. :)
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If your horse's hooves get small chips it means the hoof is self trimming, the way it does in the wild. If you want to add moisture, stand him in a creek or lake for 15 min daily. Adding creams or oils also prevents the hoof from absorbing moisture.



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post #7 of 7 Old 08-18-2014, 11:54 PM
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Hi Astro, as you've heard from others, 'hoof conditioners' don't make hooves healthier. See Hoof Dressings: What Studies Show for more info. Dry is also the healthy state of horse's hooves & they don't need 'moisturiser'. So it mostly comes down to using it occasionally to make them 'pretty' for shows & such. Therefore, you can use virtually any oil/fat/grease, or an acrylic paint or varnish.
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