What’s your favorite hoof dressing?

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  • MichelleMessina
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    Put your ass on some class, ride a Thoroughbred.

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    I use Farrier’s Fix to help even out the moisture level in the hoof during our summer muddy seasons. The horse’s feet were constantly coming in wet from the pasture, even on dry days, and nothing seemed to help get them dry. The smell of thrush/bacteria started showing up when hooves were being picked. After using it for about two weeks (four doses total), the smell disappeared and I’d like to say that there is a difference in the horses’ hooves. Now we’re back in drier conditions so I don’t worry as much, but would fall back on it if I smell the beginnings of thrush again.

    I would agree that the best way to fix hooves overall is through a diet, though. I started my mare on Smart Hoof to hopefully help with this. The problem is that it takes about 6 months or so for a total hoof replacement, so seeing how the supplement works all around the hoof can take a while.

    Leslie Leslie
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    I agree that generally hoof dressings don’t do much, and if you don’t fix the cause of the problem you’re just going to be fighting a never-ending battle.

    A good diet is essential to good feet – if your horse has especially bad feet he might benefit from a hoof supplement as well.

    A good farrier/trimmer is even more important.

    Though, some horses do just have bad feet.

    As far as topical treatments go, I use Keratex hoof hardener. It’s not really a hoof dressing or oil, instead it is a chemical that alters the structure of the hoof, strengthening it.

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    The type of dressing you use should take into account the environmental conditions. In dry conditions, something like Hooflex or LifeData (my personal choice) works well to seal in moisture of the natural hoof. In wet soggy conditions, the Keratex products are the order of the day. There are two, a Hoof Hardener and a hoof Gel which is more frequently applied to help keep moisture OUT. I vary what I use in South Florida by the time of year – Keratex in the summers, Lifedata in the dry season (winters). While the Hoof Gel does build up to help the hoof shed water, they are not the high gloss of some of the show products. A google search will give you results on where to get both products I use.


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    We shouldnt really clog up the hoof wall with anything, a healthy diet, we havent fed ration to any of our horses for over 15 month we grow barley grass and compete up to the 1.50m classes and let the stand in water if its really dry weather. Our horses are all barefoot too and are trimmed every 3 weeks as they get such good growth, dont put anything on them other than a sole hardner our vet makes up for us in the wet summer months only. We vet regularly at the big shows and are always complimented on the condition of the hooves, keep it natural

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    good nutrition first but I love farrier’s fix, recommended by my farrier and it works! It is an oil so it really soaks into the hoof, helpful in strengthening and keeping hooves healthy. And I like the way it smells as an added bonus.

    horseygirl horseygirl
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    I agree with both of the above recommendations. I have a grey horse who gets lots of baths at horse shows in the summer, and I put on the Effax before bathing him to seal his hooves. This seems to work well, and he has never had any trouble holding shoes.

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    I use smart Hoof for my mare. Her hooves looked and grew better on it. But she is a mud duck. Out in her paddock she would stand and swim in her massive puddle. Her hooves would crack and loose shoes from rotting away slightly… Tough Stuff is good but I wanted something that would work with making her hoof fix itself, and wasn’t chunky
    Keratex all the way is the best! In one week of use her hooves were hardening and I knew that this stuff was amazing. Only have to put it on twice a week for upkeep of great looking hooves. It helps change molecular structure of hoof, but also adds a nice dark shine on until it dries 🙂

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    If you’ve ever trimmed a horses hoof you can say with certainty that yes at certain dry points of the year hoof dressing is a must!! I grew up watching my mother do farrier work and now I do my own. Unless you want to stick all four hooves in water buckets and wait an hour you need hoof dressing. If it’s wet and rainy don’t bother with anything except maybe some iodine on the sole to help with any hoof rot that will develop if your horse has to stand in mud. During dry seasons I mix pine tar and vegetable oil in equal portions. If you get a mason jar and a paint brush you can rig up your own applicator too. It’s the best! It stays on good and makes nice flexible hooves so your farrier will love you and is it’s so much cheaper than the other products out there (some of them hardly work at all).

    Hoof dressing is needed because we confine our horses and limit their access to different kinds of footing. Wild horses get their hooves wet when drinking or walking through a stream. Our horses don’t normally have that access. You can try to create that by overflowing your water bucket though if you don’t want to put on hoof dressing.

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    I use Hoof Heal twice a week on my geldings hooves. The results were stunning. Hoof Heal truly penetrates the hoof, balances the moisture and gives a show ring shine! The weather where I live is always fluctuating, which is very harsh on his hooves, but when I tried Hoof Heal I was 100% satisfied! I will continue to use Hoof Heal and enjoy my geldings rock crushing hooves.

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    I used to use Hoof Alive. It’s gooey, but it worked really well on my TB who had really bad hooves at one point. I used to apply it with my hand and rub it on around the coronet band and the bulb of his heel. His feet grew out much healthier and he stopped throwing shoes. As far as shine goes, you can achieve that by having healthy hooves. Otherwise, applying a shining agent just creates the effect of healthy hooves. I used to use Tuff Stuff for that (and because my farrier hoped it would help my horses stop throwing shoes). I just used it on the lower 2/3 of the hoof. You don’t want to use it around the coronet band otherwise it prevents the hoof from taking up your hoof oil/treatment produce. AND…like others have pointed out, the best place to start is with proper nutrition. Once my horse’s hooves were healthy, I found that it didn’t really matter what I used. I have used Effol and Hooflex and I find that almost every nourishing and moisturizing product is effectively the same. But nothing beats a proper supplement and good diet to start, IMO.

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    Coconut oil, pure and simple, all by itself. No chemicals, no applicators. Nothing better, cheaper, more natural, or more effective.

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    Not true at all. It’s a very complex fat with unique properties. I am one of many who has had excellent results with it, including my vet and farrier. I am scientifically trained, with a Master’s degree in equine nutrition, a vocation as an equine nutrition and grazing consultant, and decades spent in equine care. I really do know a thing or three. 🙂 (Beware of the danger of taking a 4 yr old random online article regarding human health from an online source that quotes one person, and attempting to apply it to equines. It’s best to survey several valid studies – from sources with integrity – in peer-reviewed journals. Even then, an open mind is an educable one.)

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    So what EXACTLY are those “unique properties”? I’m in medical school. And a fat is a fat is a fat. When applied topically, it doesn’t really do anything. Not to mention that, as I said above, the horn of the hoof is essentially impenetrable anyway. So putting topicals on it is a waste of money. I wasn’t “attempting to apply” anything to horses. I was pointing out that coconut oil is literally just a fat. And I did review several sources (actual medical ones, not health food nut job blogs and non-scientific opinions). I just posted the one that illustrated my point succinctly.

    I stand by my original statement with an addendum: coconut oil is useless, especially by itself.

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