Slowest. Growing. Hoof Wall. Ever.

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  1. Mcdreamer

    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    For as long as I’ve known him, the dude doesn’t grow hoof. Or mane and tail for that matter. I’ve tried every biotin supplement out there and nothing has helped. Maybe I’m impatient. From what I understand, he’s been in shoes for over four years (he’s 5/6 years old). I pulled his shoes about 5 months ago and I have noticed some improvement but I want more!!
    Has anyone used smartpak hoof circulate? That’s the only one I haven’t tried yet. Any suggestions? Photo of club foot for reference. Keep in mind it’s winter, we haven’t touched his feet except with a rasp since August to clean him up.
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  2. Puddincup

    Puddincup Senior Member

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    You’ve try quite a few biotin supplements in a 5 month span since you pulled his shoes? Is that correct? Perhaps you are giving anything a long enough chance? Unless I misread.
     
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    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    Sorry. Should clarify. I’ve tried quite a few in the three years I’ve had him.
     
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    JStorry Senior Member

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    When feeding Biotin it's best to feed methionine with it, it helps the horse utilize the biotin
     
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    BluemoonOKy Senior Member

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    Try California trace minerals plus.
     
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  6. CarlisleChipper

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    I am now feeding nutrimix plus. It has 100mg of biotin in it plus 10x the vitamin and mineral concentration as platinum performance. There are horses at my barn that have had weak and brittle hoof walls and it has changed dramatically with this supplement. I had never heard of it before. It is not marketed as a hoof supplement, it is a complete supplement. As for smartpak in general, I don’t understand how they think to dose horses. Sure, 1 teaspoon of pellets once a day is sure to change anything about a 1,000 pound animal. Makes no sense to me. Here is a side by side comparison of platinum performance and nutrimix plus.
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    BluemoonOKy Senior Member

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    Just so you know, and be wary of, many ingredients are measured in ppm (parts per million) which is not much. Here is california trace plus ingredients, measured in mgs. https://californiatrace.com/about/california-trace-plus/
    I will say my horses and their feet look awesome on this supplement, and my mare had no lymphatic issues this summer which I attribute to using this ca trace plus .
    I would not bother using Smart paks.
     
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    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    Thanks, all. I'm usually pretty wary of supplements in general. I try to do as much research as I can on what actually works and what is just marketing.
    I should say his diet is 6 flakes grass hay a day (3 flakes usually stuffs his slow feed net and it weighs about 7 or 8 pounds) and his "grain" is 1# alfalfa pellets with 3oz of RB mixed in 2x a day. He's about an 800 pound horse. He also has free choice salt and free choice mineral block.

    FootWise™

    This supplement he was on for the longest and it did make his coat beautiful I must say...He was still being shod at the time so I might try it again now that he's naked.
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    Paint the coronary bands with Reducine.
    Clip his coronary band, buy a can of reducine and a soft toothbrush. Apply it along the coronary band daily. Just put it on, don't scrub it in.

    It will stimulate bloodflow to the hoof and it will grow. This is what we do on the track with horses who have slow growing hooves. It never fails to work.
     
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  10. DocsLglyBlonde

    DocsLglyBlonde Senior Member

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    What's he on now? If you have given the biotin a proper run, my next additive would likely be essential amino acids depending on what he's getting now. With that said, even on a balanced diet some horses just grow slow, especially barefoot when they are self wearing (not a bad thing obviously!).
     
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