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post #1 of 24 Old 09-06-2014, 05:46 AM Thread Starter
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Question why do my horse's hooves do this?

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I have just had our farrier give Delta a barefoot trim about a couple of weeks ago, and now her hooves are getting cracked and jagged, so soon after the farrier's visit! Is there something I can do for her to stop this happening so fast? I put Stockholm tar on her hooves once per week when I groom her properly, but is there some polish/oil or food I can feed her? More calcium or something? It is not a MAJOR problem, but I don't want her cracks getting worse. Thanks guys! :)
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post #2 of 24 Old 09-06-2014, 06:07 AM
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if you get her a mineral lick block (like what they give cows, only for horses instead) that will keep her up to date with her minerals and vitamins, a good diet is key for hooves and also great for their coat, generally if she has good feet, her coat will improve too! BONUS! :)
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post #3 of 24 Old 09-06-2014, 06:35 AM
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I had the same problem with our new mare, and come to find out she had a massively bad case of worms. They were taking all the nutrients out of her food for themselves, so I would recommend you do an egg count with the vet too. :)
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post #4 of 24 Old 09-06-2014, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I will think about this! We just wormed the horses a couple of weeks ago, so hopefully she is not worm infested. She's not due for a wormer for another while now, but I will make sure I keep it up to date. I will look into getting a mineral block or salt lick. Thanks for the help guys! :)
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post #5 of 24 Old 09-07-2014, 12:27 AM
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Proper nutrition and a hoof supplement.
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post #6 of 24 Old 09-07-2014, 12:38 AM
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Thanks guys, I will think about this! We just wormed the horses a couple of weeks ago, so hopefully she is not worm infested. She's not due for a wormer for another while now, but I will make sure I keep it up to date. I will look into getting a mineral block or salt lick. Thanks for the help guys! :)
Just because she is dewormed regularly does not mean that she doesn't have worms or a high load of them.

My mare was on a every 8 week deworming schedule. I rotated dewormers every time. She went to the trainers for 6 weeks. While there, my trainer got fecal egg counts done on all the horses in the barn. Including my 2, who were pastured together, up front, without contact with any other horses. They had been there for 5 weeks, and I dewormed them the first week they went there.

My one mare had the HIGHEST egg count of large strongyles of the entire barn (40+ horses) A horse that had been dewormed regularly for almost 2 years. My yearling filly was completely clear!

Lesson learned, get fecal eggs counts.

I used the proper dewomer for large strongyles. Either my mare has become immune to that ingredients or the tubes were defective.

Moral of the story...Don't ASSUME that your deworming schedule or even your dewormers are working.

Fecal egg counts.

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post #7 of 24 Old 09-07-2014, 08:39 PM
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Hi,

Need hoof pics(see link below) if you'd like a critique. More info on diet, management etc would be helpful, to give you more.

As others have mentioned, good diet and *well balanced* nutrition is an important factor in hoof health. Applying topical will generally have no effect. As with our own hair & nails, the outer wall is already dead, so you can't improve it's health by painting it. The outer wall is also largely impermeable(if not cracked), and designed to be dry. An exception to topicals is if your horse is in a wet environment and you want to apply a sealer to prevent excess moisture getting in. But then, sealers aren't typically effective on the bearing, wearing surface of a horse's foot, and if the wall is whole, it won't be needed... Another reason to be cautious of topicals, especially if they're oil based or sealers, is if there is any infection present(very commonly is in cracks), it will seal it in & make for a nicer environment for growing the bugs.

Good, frequent farriery is vital too. Every horse is different and some can indeed go 6 weeks or even more between trims without issue, but they benefit from being done frequently enough to *keep* the hooves in good, functional shape, rather than allowing a lot of overgrowth before the farrier comes to 'correct' them. IMO most horses need doing more frequently than 6 weekly, so they don't overgrow & distort too much. It's important IMO for owners to do their own homework, as for one, unfortunately it appears to be a worldwide common thing that there are very much more average or bad farriers than there are good ones out there. If you have no idea whether your farrier's... helping or hindering, then you have nowhere to begin finding answers.
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Am thinking of buying a hoof supplement powder to add to her feed at night. I will have to nag dad about it though, as he just likes to leave the horses alone without grooming, farriers, feed etc. But I convinced him to let me give them a bit of Maxisoy each afternoon (its just a mineral feed that they like, nothing energy or heavy in it). I will try and convince him to let me buy this hoof supplement thing for her. Does it help them a lot or only a bit?
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post #9 of 24 Old 09-08-2014, 03:10 AM
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Which hoof supplement? What is the horse getting in his current diet(aside from (how much?) maxisoy? Will this product fill those 'gaps' in the rest of the diet? They are some of the questions who's answers will help you decide if/how much a particular 'hoof supp' will help him. As mentioned, well balanced nutrition is important, and just buying 'some' supplement based on it's marketing, or without knowing what/how much may be necessary, may just be a waste of money. So I suggest you look into nutrition further before deciding. FeedXL.com is a great (Australian) service which can help you sort all that out.

Maxisoy is not a mineral supplement, but for fibre, just as a bit of a 'filler'. It's soy bean hulls, is high in protein & has a bit of lysine in it, not much else.
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post #10 of 24 Old 09-08-2014, 07:25 AM
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...unfortunately it appears to be a worldwide common thing that there are very much more average or bad farriers than there are good ones out there.
Not to impugn farriers in general, but by definition half of them will be below average. That's not to say that half are not competent, but some will definitely be better than others. Also, while experience is valuable, it isn't always a perfect predictor of quality. Sometimes people who have been around forever stop learning new things.

Like any other service, I think all you can do is ask around, try a few, and see who does better work.
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