Reply To: Barefoot Thoroughbreds?

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I have a 3 year old OTTB who used to wear 4 shoes to race. When she came off the track in June 2015, her shoes were pulled- she was barefoot when I bought her a month later. Now, 3-4 months later, I’ve kept her barefoot and she’s sound. I was told she was a bit tender for a week after her shoes were initially pulled. She has pretty good feet, but once I bought her in July, I used Keratex on the walls 3 times a week. However, I did end up drying her hooves out too much with that, and she got a little horizontal crack (that’s now almost all grown out). I switched to Hooflex dressing 3 times a week once her feet were noticeably harder- after about a month and a half of Keratex. I’m still applying Hooflex 3 times a week and she’s doing very well. She is in a 5 day per week work week on varied footing (arena, gravel road, and grass). She is not on a hoof supplement, but she is on SmartOmega3.