What causes the nails to become lose between appointments? Were they more suseptable to becoming lose because of the wedge pads that were put on? I would assume because his walls are brittle? Would applying a topcal like Keratex help?
He is already getting Farrier's Formula, but I wonder if that really does the job that they claim, or am I wasting my money?
The ingredients for both feeds he is getting is:
Purina Equine Senior
wheat middlings, dehydrated alfalfa, cane molasses, ground peanut hulls, dried beet pulp, dehulled soybean meal, ground soybean hulls, stablilized rice bran, soybean oil, wheat flour, vegetable oil, ground corn, flaxseed, calcium carbonate, salt thiamine mononitrate, citric acid, l-lysine, choline chloride, iron oxide, propionic acid (a preservative), ascorbic acid, vitamin E supplement, sorbitan monostearate, biotin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin E, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, anise flavor, fenugreek flavor, vitamin B-12 supplement, niacin supplement, tocopherols (a preservative), vitamin A supplement, xanthan gum, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, magnesium oxide, cobalt carbonate, ferrous carbonate, vitamin D3 supplement, manganous oxide, dl-methionine, sodium selenite
I am thinking I might change him to this other Senior product that TSC sells:
Nutrena Life Design Senior
wheat middlings, dehydrated alfalfa meal, peanut hulls, ricebran, cane molasses, soybean hulls, rice hulls, dehulled soybean meal, dried plain beet pulp, corn distillers dried grains with solubles, brewers rice, yeast culture, ground flax, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, dl-methionine, salt, natural and artificial flavors added, lecithin, magnesium oxide, manganese sulfate, manganous oxide, ferrous sulfate, ferrous carbonate, copper chloride, copper sulfate, zinc oxide, zinc sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, sodium selenite, zinc methionine complex, copper lysine complex, manganese methionine complex, cobalt glucoheptonate, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, bifidobacterium thermophilum fermentation product dehydrated, enterococcus faecium fermentation product dehydrated, dried whey, linseed oil, casein, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), niacin supplement, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, iron oxide, d-calcium pantothenate, soybean oil, calcium propionate (a preservative), ascorbic acid
The latter seems to have much better ingredients eh?
Here is the Purina Ultium he is getting:
Dried Beet Pulp, Wheat Middlings, Stabilized Rice Bran, Ground Soybean Hulls, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Ground Oat Hulls, Ground Corn, Soybean Oil, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Flaxseed, Dried Whey, Calcium Lignin Sulfonate, Cane Molasses, Salt, DL-Methionine, Thiamine, Calcium Carbonate, L-Lysine, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Iron Oxide, Natural Flavor, DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Selenite, Choline Chloride, Cyanocobalamin, Nicotinic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Tryptophan, L-Threonine, Vitamin A Acetate, Ferrous Carbonate, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Magnesium Oxide, Riboflavin, Cholecalciferol, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate.
He gets his mineral/vit blocks in his stall and out in his pasture and they are in his paddock. He is out on 80 acres of pasture all day, and in his 3 acre paddock at night where he stuffs his face into a round bale.
I would like to think he is getting the right nutritional balance he needs, but I am no Equine Nutritionist.
I'm buying some Oil Of Oregeno as suggested to me by both Barefoot Trimmers, to put on the cracks once a week. They said even though the cracks are superficial, bacteria can still get in there and make things worse, and I want to prevent that. I wonder if soaking his feet in warm water and epsom salts would help?
I am most definately going to be working towards educating myself on hooves and hoof angles and hoof health. This is a department where I am "lack thereof" and need to be more ontop of things.
I appreciate your help :)