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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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problem with soft hooves

Hello Dr. Getty:

I have just been directed to your website as I am trying to find the most
appropriate supplement for my 2 year old Arab/American Saddle Bred filly.
She has three white softish hooves that the farrier considers to be quite
shallow. With all the wet weather we have been having in this part of the
country (SE Ontario, Canada - next to the border with New York state), she
is now experiencing problems related to thrush and vertical splits. She
has had her splits branded by the farrier recently, but new ones on other
hooves are now appearing. I have been applying "thrush buster" to her
infected frog areas, together with giving her as practical as possible
indoor stable breaks to try and dry her hooves out. (constant indoor stay at the boarding
stable is simply not possible.)She stays in at night
as well.All this is helping

My question then is; would you recommend the Master's Hoof Blend for her
in order to strengthen her hooves and help to make her more resistant to
moisture related problems? Do you have any other suggestions? What kind of
time frame am I looking at to notice any change? Do you ship to Canada and
do you know what the shipping costs are?

I would appreciate any advice you can give in this matter.

Where are you from? Kingston, Ontario. Canada

How did you locate this forum? searching for nutritional information for horses

Re: problem with soft hooves

Hi Leslie,

I understand your situation perfectly since we, too, are having very wet weather. A hoof supplement is a wise decision when added to a balanced diet. Master's Hoof Blend is made by Vita Flex, and you may have a Vita Flex dealer in your area, since shipping to Canada is really very high.

If you are not feeding a good multiple vitamin/mineral supplement, I highly recommend Glanzen Complete, which has the hoof benefits, as well. If you are interested, I can find out the shipping costs (depending on the size you choose).

Typically, it takes 6 months to start to see healthy hoof tissue. Though, I personally have had results in less than that, with my own horses.

Please let me know if I can assist you further.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO