Hoof Dressing for Dry, Cracked Feet

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  • Joan Fry Original Poster
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    I was recently given a 16-yearold ASB who spent most of his life as a trail horse. He’s doing beautifully, but his feet aren’t. His previous owner wanted him for a parade horse but he doesn’t like live bands, so that was the end of that career. When I brought him home, he still had show-horse long feet and was shod all around, with borium. After two trims and a short period of time letting him go barefoot, I finally had him shod in front because his feet were chipping so badly. This horse has spent the majority of his life in Ohio. I live in a high desert town in Southern California. I’m looking for a product that will moisturize and strengthen his feet, has ingredients in it that I can pronounce, and that isn’t a magnet for shavings and dirt. Somebody on another thread suggested Bo’s Hoof Ointment. That’s definitely an option, but I’d like to hear other suggestions, too.

    wyoenglishrider wyoenglishrider
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    Hi Joan-yes, Bo’s is great as an external option. I have included the link!
    http://www.frogworks.us/store/bos-hoof-conditioner-treatment-p-8.html

    She makes it at the time you order. I have used it for years with very good results. And, you can pronounce the ingredients! It is made in a base of peanut oil, so if you have any peanut allergy, yikes-don’t use. Hope this helps1

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    Joan Fry Original Poster
    Topics Started: 11Replies Posted: 324

    Thank you very much for the link–I will order some! Yes, your suggestion helps a lot. Thanks for telling me about the peanut oil, too. Nope, no allergies. I’m also feeding him an all-round joint, hair, and hoof supplement, and if I could remember the brand name I’d tell you. Any other internal options you’d recommend?

    wyoenglishrider wyoenglishrider
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    When I use a feed thru hoof supplement, I make sure it has methionine in it. (recommended by my vet). I have seen better results with that ingredient than biotin alone. My mare usually needs about a months worth of feed thru hoof supplement every summer-the rest of the year she is fine without it. I haven’t ever used the SmartPak SmartHoof, but just read the ingredients & it has methionine along with other good stuff in it. Check the supplement you are using for methionine. It should really help! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Joan Fry Original Poster
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    Thanks for another good tip. I will check! BTW, does it actually rain or snow in your area of WY during the winter, and is that why you only feed it during the summer months? We are in drought conditions here. Winters are chilly (40s sometimes going to the 20s and below at night) but dry, dry, dry.

    wyoenglishrider wyoenglishrider
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    We don’t really get much snow, a few times a season maybe 3-5 inches at a time. We may get a few days of rain every spring, with the occasional thunderstorm that blows thru in 4 minutes-but that is about it for moisture. It does get very cold & dry during the winter–most nights are below 0 & some days too from December thru March. I usually pull her shoes for the winter, (too cold to ride anyways) & then it seems like we wait too long (oops!) to get her re-shod in the spring, so she always gets some breakage, cracking etc. That is why I usually just have to do a month worth of feed thru. She has nice, hard feet—but once any moisture we have in the earth is gone, her feet chip without shoes. We are in central west Wyoming-about 2 hours South of Cody. Dry Dry Dry also! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Joan Fry Original Poster
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    I checked my current feed supplement to see if it contains methionine (hey, Spell Check didn’t try to “correct” my spelling!) and yes, it does. I’m using Joint Combo for Hoof and Coat. When I run out I will give SmartHoof a try. Our winters are a lot like yours, only warmer and with less rain. I don’t think it snowed this past winter at all, and we rarely get more than one or two inches once every winter. Perfect–we can enjoy the ambiance but don’t have to shovel it! But this year there is no moisture in the soil at all. I live near Edwards Air Force Base. This is not the So Cal that people think of (we have cactus but no fleas or ticks–too dry) when they think about Southern California. I suspect my guy will be on a hoof supplement all year long. That’s another thing I like about Bo’s hoof dressing–I don’t have to apply it every day. Like Joe-Joe, I am old and lazy!

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    are his feet cracking just because it’s dry or because of flies?
    Hoof flex has 2 different types of hoof treatments you can use.
    I’ve done the rain one, with the pine tar.
    My horses feet tend to only chip when they’re stomping a lot and the closer we get to trimming time, the more they seem to chip.

    for internal, I do a biotin supplement and omega horse shine. This also helps with joints and coat.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    Joan Fry Original Poster
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    I think it’s because the ground is so dry and he’s not used to that. Most of the horses I’ve owned went barefoot, except one mare with a quarter crack. I kept her shod in front until the crack grew out, and she went barefoot for 20 more years. If it ever rains again I’ll have Scout’s shoes pulled and see how he does barefoot then. When I say “cracked” I mean tiny chips in the hoof wall all the way around both front feet. A little chipping behind, not nearly as bad. I’ll take a look at Omega Horse Shine. Thanks for your suggestions!

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    I have used Feibing’s (sp? too lazy to go and look) for over 40 years, and have been very happy with it.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Thank you! I meant to mention (too lazy to type!) that the Feibing’s can be used as often or as little as you feel a need. We wander back and forth between drowning or being so hot and dry that the corn pops in the fields. My boy never gets chips, but being an Arabian (and therefore originally bred for desert conditions) may have something to do with that. Also, you can rasp hooves yourself if necessary, to help prevent chips or cracks from getting worse between farrier visits.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Joan Fry Original Poster
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    I now have Bo’s and Feibling’s! This is a good thing, since we spend a lot of time in the mountains every summer, with the horse and dog, so I have duplicates of all essential horse-care products. Joe-Joe, I bought the Feibling’s it before I even read your comment just because I know it’s been around for so long. And I certainly hope you were exaggerating when you said it was so hot the corn popped in the fields! Thank you for your suggestions and tips, everybody. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    rlueders rlueders
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    Hey! Just my quick two-cents: just make sure any product you buy is not alcohol based!! Alcohol will just dry out his feet even more. Many products use alcohol because, when applied, it gives the feet a glossy look and makes them look like their improving, but the feet end up getting worse, so users keep slathering more and more on their horses’ feet. I think the supplements and regular farrier work will be the most helpful, however. (:

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Well, the corn does get dry enough to pop.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Joan Fry Original Poster
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    Thanks for your two cents, rlueders–good to know. There’s none in the Bo’s preparation. I will check Fielding’s.

    Does anybody know how long it takes for a horse’s hoof to grow completely out?

    Joe-Joe, does the corn pop because of the excessive heat, or does the corn pop because it has dried out inside the husk and then the heat makes it pop?

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