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NO Hoof, no horse

There are several components to having strong healthy hooves which includes, routine hoof trimming, balanced forage based diet, lots of movement, correct body posture through bodywork and regular dentistry.

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Nutrition Info

Horses should have access to free choice forage as they are mean't to graze 16+ hours per day. Hay can be fed in slow feed hay nets. I personally use Hay Chix nets. 

Vermont Blend is a vitamin and mineral supplement that balances New England's hay and pasture. It can be purchased here. Use code MOORE10 for 10% off

Other forage balancers: California Trace Plus and Mad Barn Amino Trace +

I recommend mixing the forage balancer of your choice with Standlee Timothy pellets which can be purchased at Tractor Supply. I always wet the pellets to get the Vermont Blend to stick to the pellets. 

Flax seed is an excellent fat supplement that is high in Omega 3's which are anti-inflammatory. I recommend Triple Crown Naturals Golden Ground Flax or freshly ground flax seed.

Weight Gain Options: Coolstance Copra, Speedi Beet, Flax or Chaffehaye (note: some horses may be sensitive to alfalfa)

Vitamin E: Emcelle Tocopherol purchased here.

Dose depends on your horses level determined by Vit E testing. 2000-4000IU daily is average but can be up to 10,000IU/day. 

Thrush Treatment

Red Horse Products available for purchase at your next appointment:

Artimud 190ml

Artimud 500 ml

Field Paste 500ml

Hoof-Stuff 190ml

Hydrohoof 500ml

Sole Paint 500ml

Sole Cleanse 500ml

Honey Heel 190ml

Stronghorn 500ml

Information about Red Horse Products here.

For a preventative thrush routine I recommend either Sole Cleanse or Apple Cider Vinegar/water mixture sprayed on the hooves daily.

For severe cases of thrush I recommend White Lightning, Oxine AH, or Clean Trax soaks. 

Abscess Treatment:

Soak the hoof in warm water mixed with Apple Cider Vinegar for 20-30 minutes at least once daily until abscess bursts. Movement is key during a potential abscess as stall rest may prolong an abscess. Keep the hoof as clean as possible and check for any drainage. Hoof can be wrapped especially during muddy conditions.

Bodywork & Dentistry

Bodywork and Dentistry are essential to keeping the whole horse balanced. Correct posture is hugely important in your horses comfort and ability to perform at their highest level.  

I recommend Julie Higgins the owner of Leg Up Equine Massage for massage, Sure Foot and Bemer sessions. Julie is very knowledgable! 

I recommend Samantha Walker of The 11th Essential - Masterson Method. She works wonders!

I highly recommend Kay Dobson of Dobson Dentistry for your horses dental needs, she is patient and compassionate.