Yep, Tracy is 100% correct. Biotin is the best. I am a firm believer (after several horses with shelly feet, would grow no heel, etc.) that hoof problems have to be "attacked" nutritionally, i.e., from the inside out to ever truly be overcome.
Improvement won't happen overnight either. This will be a good 6-8 month process to get the desired effects going on a permanent basis. There are lots of good hoof supplements out there and even horse cookies with biotin in them.
Topical stuff is just stop-gap but there are also some good ones out there that can help until the "good growth" gets going. Nothing beats keeping a horse trimmed every 6-8 weeks and keeping those hooves moisturized. Good ole Hooflex or some equivalent on a regular basis keeps the hoof pliable. Yeah it stinks and is messy, but necessary in a lot of dry climates and conditions.
Good hooves are like women's nails, you have to work at it. (However, since I have horses, I don't worry about having nails, I just clip them down every week or so
his feet look great they jsut arent growing he is 3 and has small feet (we bought pony shoes and they fit his back!! 00 on the front hes maybe about 1000lbs) but they just dont look to be growing much this winter. I went to put shoes on him for the first time. the nails drew bood and they werent up but 1/2 inch not even enuff to hold the shoe on good. We are talking dripping blood for a min. doctored it up after i took the shoe back off and bought boots! does anyone else have this problem. The hoofs are thick and look great just small and very soft like a babys!!!!
when i got him his fronts were dished a bit so i am keeping them done about 2 weeks i waited 4 weeks this time so i had hoof to put the shoe on!!! We are not dry what so ever i live in north idaho we got 2 inches on snow last night!!!
any specific brands there is just so many. Ide like one that doesnt hype him up.
Corina I agre to try the Biotin. I think some horses just take a long time to finish growing. I have a 5yr old Appendix mare that is always a slow grower and had small feet. Last year she was 1000lb and 15.3hh and in a 00. This year she started out the same and then she grew last month. She is 16.2hh and in a 0 with the posobility of going bigger. She has been on biotin since I got her at 5months.
Although it is controversial, it has been proven that the hoof is not allowed to flex in the way it was designed to when the horse is wearing shoes. That flexing is very important in the circulating of and it is signifigantly lessened and the hoof wall grows thinner and chips more easily when the horse wears shoes. Hundreds of horses with 'incurable' hoof conditions, from many different disciplines, that "couldn't go barefoot," have been taken barefoot and with the proper trimming, have beautiful hooves, with a much thicker hoof wall and much less chipping, besides being quite hardened enough to take almost anywhere. If a horse goes lame when shoes are taken off, it is usually because when circulation is so signifigantly decreased to the hoof area, the nerve endings are unable to fully function and as a result the horse doesn't feel the discomfort with shoes on. Does that mean, however that it is preferable not to allow the horse to feel? When shoes are taken off and the begins to circulate naturally, although for a time the horse will be sensitive, ultimately you will have a healthier hoof and a more surefooted and contented horse. I took my horse's shoes off in October and the difference is truly amazing! She is surefooted on roads, gravel, etc... hardly seeming as if she noticed the difference. It wasn't that way at first, but as her hoof grew healthier, I saw that it was worth the wait. Also, as interesting point, the entire Houston Mounted Police Force has taken their horses barefoot, and since then the number of s with horses slipping and falling has fallen to zero. If you want to investigate this, just google 'Barefoot trim'.
I had heard that biotin with methionine is best. The methionine helps the biotin to absorb or something like that. Its kind of like you need calcium with vitamin D for it to work efficiently for yourself. I use horseshoer's secret (reasonable price) and it does take about 6 months to notice the difference. I have also looked at different supplements with even more biotin and methionine and used those.
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