have a 8-yr-old thoroughbred/arab mare. The last two years I have had a problem
with her front right hoof cracking. Last year I started her on biotin-plus. This
seemed to help. Once the crack had grow out i quit giving it to her. But this
year the crack has returned. She is kept in a pasture that is not moist, but is
flooded every 13 days.
the years that I have had horses I have never seen such a bad hoof. I have tried
to research as much as I can about hoofs, but have not come up with anything that
will help. I am hoping you can!!! Thank you. R.P.
am Cherry's husband and farrier. She asked that I reply to your question.
you should know that it's rare for a horse to be deficient in biotin, a B-vitamin
that is made in the horse's gut. However, many horses do benefit from a balanced
hoof supplement such as SU-PER Farrier's Supplement by Gateway. Good nutrition
is the first step in building solid hooves. If the product you were using
improved your horse's hooves, you should have continued feeding it.
is likely that your horse's cracked hoof is made worse by being in a pasture that
is flooded. Excess moisture can make hooves weak and prone to cracking.
And a wet/dry cycle, where the hooves get soaked and then dry out, is one of the
main causes of hoof cracks. That's why cracks are often seen in the hooves
of horses that are bathed daily and in those that are turned out in wet grass
at night and then stand in dry sawdust during the day.
chances of getting rid of the crack will be greatly improved if you keep your
horse's hooves consistently dry. It is going to be very difficult, if not
impossible to improve your horse's cracked hoof as long as he is in the wet pasture.
This means you should remove your horse from the pasture when it is flooded and
return him only when the pasture is dry.
it might help to apply a hoof hardener or sealer to his hooves twice a week to
help protect them from excess moisture. Unlike a greasy or creamy hoof dressing
that smeared on the surface of the hoof, a hoof sealer is a thin liquid that soaks
into the hoof to provide a longer lasting, more effective moisture barrier.