For a horse to stay healthy, he needs to be able to nibble food all day long. However the way we keep horses they would become too fat if they stood around eating all day. So what can we do? One way is to build your own "Easy Feeder" You can look them up on theSwedish Hoof School web site and click on Easy Feeding Or if you can't do that you can go online and order a hay net made with very small mesh. I also sell the haynet you see in the picture for $40. You can put a few flakes in the net in the morning and it will keep your horse busy for many hours. He will not be bored standing around doing nothing and his digestive system gets to work like it actually is supposed to do. This way you have a win win situation. You keep colic and bored behavior problems at bay.

Slow Feeding Hay Net
 
Thrush! A very nasty thing
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There is nothing worse than thrush. It is often the very beginning of all your horse’s hooves problems.  If your horse is walking around on a wound he will not put his body’s weight on it. If he walks, loading more toe than heel (which is his normal landing area), bones inside the hooves will be loaded incorrectly. Leading to under developed heels, toe wall separation, bone loss, etc It all started with something you could fix with a little bit of work and better horse management. Thrush comes from dirty corrals (Horses do not stay healthy living in their own manure)  Also from too much sugar in the diet. And lack of movement. Here are some ideas how to treat thrush without harming the new growth.

       

       Albadry   This is my favorite. It treats mastitis in cows but it also works well on thrush. It comes in a perfect package, a little tube with a nozzle that fits in to any crevice in the frog. If used daily while picking and brushing the hooves it will work. I do sell tubes for $5 each.

 

 

“Pete’s Goo” (50/50 mixed triple antibiotic ointment with athlete’s foot antifungal cream. 

Put the mixture into a syringe with a thin, flexible plastic tube applicator.  This allows you to insert the ointment exactly where it is needed – deep into the central sulcus (center of the frog) of the hoof.  Use it every single day until there is no longer a crevice to squirt it into.  IT WORKS, but you have to be consistent and committed.  You can buy the ingredients yourself at the drug store.  The catheter tip syringes can be bought on line or through your vet or some feed and tack supply stores.

 

 Oxine (chlorine dioxide)

Oxine has been shown to be effective against a staggering number of bacteria, molds, and fungus, yet it is very safe!        It has been used as a disinfectant in everything from dental irrigation to kennel cleaning, water in aviary incubators to hoof soaks.  Just like with the other recommendations, it requires consistency and diligence in use.  I recommend 2-3 soaks a week for a couple of weeks.  With oxine you do not need to trap the vapors such as with White Lightning, which means you can use a regular soaking boot or bucket for the soaks (vs. a sealed boot) if you desire.  To do a soak you would mix 2 ounces of oxine and ˝ teaspoon of citric acid together, after 3 minutes add ˝ gallon of water.  Soak for 20 minutes.  The mixture needs to make contact with the affected areas of the hoof you wish to treat. Horses soaked for long periods above the hairline showed some bleaching of the hair at the coronet.   You can also use unactivated oxine (no citric acid) quite effectively, although it is recommended to soak for a longer period of time in that case, more in the range of 45 minutes to an hour.   You can buy oxine and citric acid on Amazon.com

Click here to look at a "Slow feeder"
Great home made sock for hooves in rehab situations. There are no rubs with this sock and it is easy to make. It Can be thrown in the washing machine. It also keeps the hoof drier but of course you have to air the hoof out often to let the it dry out completely.
Home made boot sock
How to make !

Figure out how big you want the sock. You want the bottom of the hoof covered and then it needs to go up over the heel bulbs ending midway on the pastern.
Cut out two circles of material for one sock. You want to make it two ply.
Poke little holes about 1/2 inch from the top. Thread a rubber band trhough the holes. And you are done.
This is Caisa in Sweden. That is where the hay nets I sell come from