Every 6 weeks, Rosie has her feet trimmed and re-shod. We’ve been struggling a lot with the quality of her feet ever since moving to our new ranch. For a bit of backstory, prior to March I had Rosie in full training at a reining stable and was doing lessons & showing in reining. I decided to move her a mile away down to another ranch, because I wanted to be around more trail riders and give Rosie more space since I am a “weekend warrior”. Her pen is almost 6 times the size of her previous one and she gets to have pasture turnout three times a week now. In most respects, it’s been an upgrade for us. However, her poor feet have completely dried out.
My farrier thinks it’s one of the following things causing it:
– Her new dirt pen vs. the stall with shavings that she was in before.
– The quality of the alfalfa she is on is inferior to what it was before
– She used to be on 100% alfalfa, and now she’s on 50% grass / 50% alfalfa
– The grass pasture turnouts on wetter grass are causing her feet to get moist and then dry out, which has the effect of washing your hands too much
I bought this Sound stuff that someone recommended and so far it does seem to be moistening her feet, but my farrier says we need to wait around 6 months for her entire hoof to re-grow out with regular application of this stuff. She’s not lame as a result of the dryness, but her hoofs are seriously disintegrating. I’ll grab a picture the next time I’m out that shows what I’m talking about. She’s also been super rock sore for the past few months, so I end up avoiding rocky trails and sticking to the sandy ones.
Anyone have any tips for fixing dry hooves? I’d love to hear them!---------------
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