my farrier knows my horse has always has crappy feet. we have done supplements( still do) and hoof hardner, etc.. his feet can be brittle with the weather. if it is very wet, they can crumble. he recommended Forshner's hoof packing just to keep them moist and healthy. have you tried it and do you like it or not? it is not cheap and i had to order online b/c nothing local has it and i don't have time to drive too far this week.
It stinks (think tar stink) and is really hard to scoop out particularly if kept in a cool location, so get a strong scoop and some heavy duty gloves! I usually make a bunch of balls all at one time so they are ready to go as needed.
I did the same! I would put gloves on and make like 50 golf ball sized balls (I had a lot of horses at the time and the container was huge) then would use a piece of brown paper to grab one and smush them into the hoof.
It is hard to use but it is good stuff and has been around a long time. Since I put my horses on Platinum Performance Equine my horses have had the best feet and several are OTTB's so that is really saying something and they are all barefoot and sound. I wish you the best. Make sure you use surgical gloves so that you can throw them away after you pack the feet. It is always good to have a box of surgical gloves around the barn for applying other things too. Best of luck with your pony!
I like it but have mostly used it for horses with sensitive feet especially after showing on hard footing. Definitely use gloves. It is so stinky. I've used an old metal sweat scraper but the ice cream scoop is a good idea.
so today i tried it. got a scoop at the dollar store which bent the first time i used it. no shock. whatever, i still was able to scoop it out and it was softer than i expected. i had gloves on, i cleaned out his feet after the ride, and smooshed it into each frog area and around. i was so proud of myself, very happy i did it, and then i walked him back to his paddock and as i returned to the barn, picked up every chunk of hoof packing that i had applied. SOO i put it back into a baggy and back into the bucket. . i'll try again tomorrow. i don't think i did anything wrong, and i thought conditions were right, but Ugh.
Hoof packing is one of those things that I used to use (I remember the smell just reading the title of this thread!) but I eventually ditched it because I can't say there was ever a noticeable difference after using it vs not using it.
I've never heard of using it to keep a horse's foot "moist and healthy". Pretty much always, dry is better.
Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**