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  • Anything to help grow a longer foot faster?

    My horse is back in training and needs to grow out some feet (he is saddle seat) does anybody know of anything that helps??? Just curious. I am sure his feet will grow and we have plenty of time before he will hit the show ring but if there is anything we might try it.
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    My horse is back in training and needs to grow out some feet (he is saddle seat) does anybody know of anything that helps??? Just curious. I am sure his feet will grow and we have plenty of time before he will hit the show ring but if there is anything we might try it.

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    • #3
      I am not sure I understand-has he worn them off too short?

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        #4
        He was shod this last summer by farriers that normally shoe hunter type horses so they trimmed him short. I now need to grow longer feet for the show ring. Are you familiar with shoeing the longer footed horse at all? I can direct you to some websites if you are interested.

        Do you know of anything that can help promote foot growth? Thanks.

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        • #5
          Isoxuprine. It dilate the blood vessels to the extremeties. They use it on Navicular horses a lot. It's a prescription, so you'll have to go through a vet. It does work.

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          • #6
            - Magnets
            - Reducine
            - Bare Feet
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            • #7
              Movement, movement, & more movement. The more he moves around, the better the circulation & over-all health & the faster the hoof growth. Proven & safe. Also, daily massaging of the coronet band. (didn't believe my farrier when he told me that made a difference...so I did it for a couple months on the right but not the left. You could actually see that the right had grown a bit more because she had change in her hoof walls at the same spot from when I bought her & significantly improved her feeding program. I'm not convinced the extra couple mm were worth it though!)
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              • #8
                Cornicresine (sp?)

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                • #9
                  <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Lookout:
                  - Magnets
                  - Reducine
                  - Bare Feet </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                  What's Reducine?

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                  • #10
                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by gailbyrd:
                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Lookout:
                    - Magnets
                    - Reducine
                    - Bare Feet </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                    What's Reducine? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                    http://horseproducts.stablemade.com/...s/reducine.htm

                    it's icky but I've used it and it works...I didn't use it to make feet longer though...might be worth a try cuz it's cheap!
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                    • #11
                      all the methods that people say work, work by increasing the flow of blood to the feet so more building blocks and nutrition can reach the hoofmaking cells in the coronet. So- exercise and turnout on soft footing
                      massage the lower leg and coronet
                      warm environment (feet grow more in the summer!)
                      adequate nutrients
                      adequate mopisture in the hoof so it expands easily ( thats where the ointments come in)

                      I wouldn't be using expensive pharmaceauticals unless you really needed them for founder or navicular or something.

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                      • #12
                        It's true, the more flexible a foot the more blood flow, the faster it grows. This is best accomplished by moisture (water), and bare feet with a good trim that allows the foot to flex. Hard footing stimulates more concussion therefore more blood flow therefore more growth, than soft footing.
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                        • Original Poster

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                          Great thanks! They all sound like pretty basic simple things so I think we should be able to get a longer foot with no problem. We have the whole winter before show season begins for him but we do want him moving a little better

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                          • #14
                            the problem with hard footing is that you get the hoof wearing down faster than it can grow, and the concussion can cause inflammation and stocking up which actually reduces blood flow.

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                            • #15
                              If the foot is trimmed such that it can flex and thus allow circulation into and out of the foot, it will grow faster than it can wear down (in response to the stimulation of concussion).
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                              • #16
                                Cornucresent rubbed into the coronet band works well. I imagine reducin would do the same thing but I have personally not used it.

                                gailbyrd - reducine is good for thrush and also promotes hoof growth - here is a site that explains the product
                                http://horseproducts.stablemade.com/...s/reducine.htm
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                                • #17
                                  If I understand this correctly we are talking about growing a foot beyond what is normal...

                                  has anyone considered what that will do to the longterm health of the horse?

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                                  • #18
                                    Sunny doesn't grow a lot of hoof, and never was able to hold shoes because of lack of growth as well as brittle hooves. This worked to fix both problems:

                                    Every other day I massage Corona Ointment into his coronary bands and bulbs of his heels. Keeps hooves nice and moist, and promotes growth.

                                    On the days I don't use Corona, I use a Reducine/Turpentine mix. Use 3 parts Turpentine to 1 part Reducine. Paint this onto the coronary band, heels and soles. It's partly an irritant to it increases circulation and promotes growth. It also helps to toughen up the soles.

                                    Between these two things, Sunny has shown a ton of improvement in hoof growth.
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                                      <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by LMH:
                                      If I understand this correctly we are talking about growing a foot beyond what is normal...

                                      has anyone considered what that will do to the longterm health of the horse? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                      Thanks for your concern but truly you don't need to worry. You should see all the old Saddlebreds and how well they do. We currently own a retired American Saddlebred (who is now barefoot) but he is sound. Thanks for your concern though

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                                      • #20
                                        Well I won't worry but the foot form is incorrect...but that is your choice and you will live with it.

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