It’s so frustrating, Nathy’s hooves are so soft and brittle and any amount of trimming and care isn’t fixing the problem. I have a great farrier and he trims him every 6 weeks which helps with the flaring but his seedy toe is still an issue. I spoke with a barefoot trimmer and she said a lot of hoof issues have a lot to do with diet, I thought I had him on a great diet, looks like it’s back to the drawing board.
I’m lucky I have good people around me who can offer me advice…slap on the forehead moment for me. I talk about keeping everything with Nathy as natural as possible, I keep him barefoot, want to train him in natural horsemanship, he’s on plant based minerals but on processed feed. I myself prefer freshly grown fruit and veg, I try and avoid processed food…except the occasional feast at KFC…I’m only human, yet I don’t take enough notice of what’s in my boys feed, dumb right?
Things are going to change, a very smart lady who gave me Nathy’s new partner in crime Sid, does keep her horses on natural feed and has advised me on which foods I should feed him, which I’ll slowly introduce as the feed I have goes down. I really do. I can’t add them here yet because quite frankly this is new to me and I am still trying to get my head around getting it right…once I do I’ll add a page here with what he’s being fed.
Anyways back to Nathy’s hooves, I’ve started using hoof rehab again daily and motor oil on his hooves…yes I said motor oil, it coats the hoof and keeps his hooves protected when he plays in the dam. They are like naughty children sometimes and love doing exactly what they shouldn’t and it’s not like I can say “Nathy your suck…Stay out of the dam” and if I did he’d just give me this look.
The good news is Nathy is looking awesome since I put him on plant based minerals, you’ll see in the feature pic my beautiful, shiny boy. along with Sid…spunky little monkey he is too.