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    So what has Anyone done for thin soled horses? That is IO's big Problem. She is better with a more correct trim but those thin soles have to be delt with. 5 years on the track, with racing plates on the whole time without a break has messed up her feet. I have had recomended to me to pack in Sugardyne overnight as the iodine will toughen the sole, Venice turpitine to again toughen the sole, a high protien/Fat diet to encorage hoof growth and to seal the Feet with Pine Tar or Cornucresine. This should keep the foot from either drying on the sand or getting soaked when out in the grass.

    What can be done for this soled horses that helps them be more comfortable? Shoes are just NOT an option right now, wall is too thin to hold nails secure. Thanks MUCH for any replies. I LUV the gals ( and guys) on this forum.
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    You said shoes aren't an option, but that's what I do with my thin soled horse.

    He gets a correct trim, NB shoes, and pads. He only wears pads when we're riding, mostly because my arena at home is rocky. He does wear shoes year round though. His feet look better since I bought him, partly due to a change in his diet. He's on a low starch ration balancer, flax, MSM, free choice grass hay, and 2-4 pounds of alfalfa. He has much better looking hooves now, but I still keep him shod. The NB shoes have really done him good.
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    Once upon a time I had a VERY thinned soled horse- today he has healthy thick soles... What I did was 1) 24/7 turnout w/ buddies to run and play with, no stall keeping whatsoever: 2) high quality feed (low starch or ration balancer) high quality hay and 3) Farrier's Formula (now he's on F.F. Double Strength hoof supplement 4) A correct, balance barefoot trim 5) lots and lots of exercise. It is a long process to improve soles and I think all the listed ingredients are equally important. It can be done but you must be very committed to all the factors. Good Luck.

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    I second the venice turpentine.

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    Venice turpentine and padded hoof boots have worked well for a very thin soled TB I worked on in the past. All the experts said he would never be able to be comfortable barefoot. That was 6 years ago. He's still barefoot and quite comfortable.
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    Hoof repair material (glue) is your farrier's best friend when shoes are the best option but the hoof walls are extremely thin. Proper shoeing with the break over placed correctly and the heels brought back, and sole support materials to stimulate them are the sole best option for getting thicker faster.

    IF that is just absolutely not an option right now then a caustic chemical sole "freeze" like Rickens or Durasole should help at least harden them.
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    Patty, I will hunt for that stuff at the track tackshop. The good news is that since I have had her heels properly set she is 1000X more comfortable. Was willing to trot away from me ( and look sound) when I went to fix her blanket. Well worth the $180.00 this cost me in total. (so far)
    I am going to be talking to you a LOT I think. I kinda feel bad for getting all this free information and advice. I'm going to have to send you a suprise. A GOOD supprise.
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    What worked best for me was a change in feed. I know we have some who are not Purina fans here, but the Ultium made a huge difference in my horse's feet in a rather short period of time. The walls are looking the best yet. If you don't like the Purina brand, I'm sure there is something similar out there like TC Complete, etc. But he was previously on Omelene 200 and it wasn't getting the job done.

    I also second the turpentine.

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    This is fed 2x a day to both TB's.

    3 large scoops whole cleaned oats
    2 large scoops of Cool Command complete feed
    3-4 large scoops soaked sloppy Beet Pulp
    1 tsp of MSM
    1 cup of crushed flax
    2 cups Equine Power 2000
    1/2 cup Hoffman's Mineral supplement
    1/2 tsp kelp.

    Cool Command has a LOT of biotin in it as does the Hoffmans.

    They Allways have grass hay in front of them but they also get pasture grass and 1 heavy (12 -15 lb ) flake alfalfa 2x a day.
    I don't know of much I have missed in that diet. Every so often (2x a week) I give them a small scoop of Probiotics as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teekin View Post
    This is fed 2x a day to both TB's.

    3 large scoops whole cleaned oats
    2 large scoops of Cool Command complete feed
    3-4 large scoops soaked sloppy Beet Pulp
    1 tsp of MSM
    1 cup of crushed flax
    2 cups Equine Power 2000
    1/2 cup Hoffman's Mineral supplement
    1/2 tsp kelp.

    Cool Command has a LOT of biotin in it as does the Hoffmans.

    They Allways have grass hay in front of them but they also get pasture grass and 1 heavy (12 -15 lb ) flake alfalfa 2x a day.
    I don't know of much I have missed in that diet. Every so often (2x a week) I give them a small scoop of Probiotics as well.
    Sounds great to me!

    ETA: I board, so a complete feed is really the only practical feed for me to make sure he's getting what he needs. Your program sounds great IMHO though- I'm not familiar with everything listed specifically (ie products) but you seem very well covered. I just wanted to share with anyone reading that it can sometimes make a big difference- even unexpectedly. I set out switching feeds for other reasons and that was a nice side effect noticed by my farrier.

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