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Question by  devanathan (30)

What should I do if a horse hoof won't hold a shoe?


Answer by  Sagebrush (170)

Better nutrition, including hoof-specific supplements, can improve the quality of the hoof wall. Alternative shoeing practices, such as the use of hoof boots or glue-on shoes, can also manage the job of hoof protection. A farrier may also be able to develop a trim program based on the horse remaining barefoot, but you must take care on gravel and rock.


Answer by  partyanimal33 (452)

It really depends on the reason that a hoof won't hold a shoe. If the hoof is cracked or broken and dry, aplying a daily moisturizer to it will heel the foot and strengthen it. In the meantime, you can have your farrier apply glue on shoes until the hoof is strong enough.


Answer by  DaveG (75)

There are now glue- on shoes that are available as opposed to the traditional variety so I would suggest taking that route.


Answer by  MrsShannonHarrell (768)

Assess his diet- healthy hoof must come from a healthy horse. Consider finding a highly trained, well recommended barefoot hoof care provider. Horse may have hoof wall balance issues, coupled with dietary problems. Leave barefoot WITH *PROPER* balanced trimming, allow new hoof to grow.


Answer by  MrsShannonHarrell (768)

Feed a hoof supplement with high levels of biotin, and utilize a hoof boot when needed. The hoof horn will toughen, and growth will accelerate. Consider alternatives to traditional shoeing, in the form of a barefoot hoof care provider.


Answer by  Mello10 (130)

If the hoof is so damaged that it cannot hold a shoe, you should consult with your vet and farrier for options. The farrier may be able to put the shoe on without nails, or your horse may be able to go without shoes until the hoof is able to hold them again.

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