Put Your Best Foot Forward


Challenge #6

Difficulty: Medium
Time to complete: 1 year

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
– Chinese Proverb

Healthy hooves are grown one day at a time
Just like our own fingernails, the hoof wall is composed of dead tissue, so it can’t mend and heal. Instead, damaged sections have to grow out and be replaced with new, healthy tissue. Even with the best farrier care and nutrition, that’s going to take time. While you can’t fix your horse’s hooves overnight, you can start taking steps in the right direction today!

Set your expectations
The average horse only grows ¼” of new hoof every month! Check out our full timeline at SmartPak.com/HoofGrowth

3 Building Block of Healthy Hooves

  1. Expert Care
    Whether your horse is shod or barefoot, partnering with a qualified hoof care professional and getting your horse on a regular maintenance schedule is critical. Get tips from expert farrier Danvers Child when you visit our blog at SmartPak.com/HoofFactors
  2. Management
    Frequent environmental shifts from wet to dry and vice versa can take a toll on hoof health, so try to limit these changes as much as possible. For additional support, consider a topical that helps stabilize moisture levels in the hoof, like Keratex Hoof Hardener and Keratex Hoof Gel.
    Keratex Hoof Hardener

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    Keratex Hoof Gel

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  3. Nutrition
    Proper nutrition plays a vital role in hoof health. Ingredients like biotin, zinc, lysine, methionine, silica, and collagen can help your horse maintain healthy,
    resilient hooves. Daily support from a quality supplement is a smart way to support healthy hooves all year long.
    SmartHoof® Pellets

    As Low As: $19.95
    (441 reviews)

    Farrier's Formula® Double Strength

    As Low As: $23.55
    (629 reviews)

    SmartHoof® Ultra Pellets

    As Low As: $33.95
    (267 reviews)
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