Mabou is a thoroughbred, and doesn’t have the best feet, therefore I am always looking for ways to improve his hoof care routine. He has shoes on all four hooves, with pads in front. (we tried removing the pads at one point, which he HATED because he has low heels and is Mr. Sensitive)
Just curious what everyone’s hoof care routines are, and what hoof products you have found to be the most effective for your horse’s particular needs.
My hoof routine is as follows (on days that he isn’t getting bathed or hosed after a ride). I do this every time I ride, so it works out to be usually 4 days a week, sometimes more, sometimes less.
Before I ride I just pick out his feet.
After my ride I pick out his feet, and use the hoof brush to thoroughly clean both the bottom and outside of his hooves.
First, I put Farriers’ Fix Hoof Oil on the soles of his feet and frogs. It is supposed to help with a variety of hoof conditions, including sore feet, quarter cracks, laminitis, and thrush. I like that it definitely seems to strengthen the sole of his hooves and helps keep thrush at bay.
Next, I apply Keratex Hoof Gel to the outside of his hooves. Keratex Hoof Gel protects hooves from damage caused by manure, urine and excess water absorption. Since Mabou lives outside, I like that the Keratex seals his hooves, since when it rains or is wet out he is standing in the wetness.
This seems to work the best for him out of the other combos I have tried. If he gets thrush I will add thrush buster into the mix for one or two days just to aggressively treat the thrush.
What does your hoof care routine look like?