Thursday, October 29, 2020

A Rare Product Review: Sport Horse Essentials Hoof Oil

When you never buy things it is hard to write any reviews of products on the blog. Plus, I don't know about you but I get real tired of reading all these fake positive reviews people post just so they can get more free samples. This product was something I bought myself, the company has no idea I even exist and I am getting nothing for writing this. Take that for what it is worth. 

Eeyore has crap feet. Which is ironic since back in 2018 I was all "I'm not going to look at OTTBs because their feet suck" Ha..hahahahaha....Hamilton has amazing feet. Ahem...moving on. Eeyore has crap feet. They flake, they crack, they lose shoes, he over reaches and pulls shoes if we don't trim him a very specific way, the shoes have to pinch in at the heel or else he pulls them, he has thin soles and ouchy feet without front pads and well....he has crap feet. He gets a reset of his custom made steel shoes and leather pads every 5 weeks and still his feet are crap.

Back during the start of his rehab I thought maybe throwing more money at him may make a difference. I saw an ad on either FB or Instagram (can't remember which) for Sport Horse Essentials Hoof Oil and thought "why not?" I had already tried numerous other concoctions over the years including keratex, wonderhoof and other assortments with absolutely no difference, but this wasn't super expensive so again...why not?

The blue bottle behind it is their fungus spray which I can't recommend because it has done nothing for my guys


Of course then his entire life style changed to stall rest in a dry fluffy stall, a hay based (instead of grass based) diet, he went back into leather pads up front and no hard impact exercise. I applied the hoof oil daily for the first month and then dropped down to the days I rode which was a 2 on 2 off schedule throughout the summer. The first time the farrier came after I started use, he remarked that Eeyore's feet looked the best they ever had and he may actually grow a decent hoof through this ordeal.

But you know...too many variables had changed for me to know which one made the biggest difference for him.

Eventually Eeyore was released back outside and we re introduced the canter and then small jumps again. I continued to use the oil 3-4 times a week and the farrier kept remarking how great his feet were doing. 

Then I stopped using it. My personal and professional belief is that you can't give an honest, unbiased assessment of a new supplement while using it. You want it to work, so you convince yourself it is. When patients ask me about xyz supplement I instruct them to take it for at least 60 days and then stop for 30 days. At the end of the 30 days take stock of how they feel. It is easier to know when off it if you feel worse than when on it, in my opinion. So...I stopped using the hoof oil for an entire 5 week cycle. 

He still had pads, he was outside 24/7, he was being ridden fully including small jumps. The only thing that changed was the discontinuation of the hoof oil. 

Farrier was out yesterday and texted me that Eeyore's feet are beginning to flake and crack again and the hoof wall isn't as strong. He asked what changed in the last 5 weeks. 

I am now back to using it 3-4 times a week and have started using it on Hamilton too as we transition him to a hopeful barefoot life (farrier thinks we have a good shot at barefoot for Hamilton). 

The hoof oil is super easy to use, takes no time at all to dry and well...my horse seems to do well with it. Since he has pads I only apply it to the outside hoof wall on his fronts, but I do apply it to the sole of his hinds. If you are in the market for a topical hoof supplement, I encourage you to check this one out. It has been the only thing that has made a visible difference in all the lotions, potions and feed throughs I have tried over the last 2 years and has earned a permanent spot in my grooming cabinet of curiosities. 


 

7 comments:

  1. I especially appreciate the scientific approach you took:) It's nice that it doesn't need to be used every day multiple times...most products that work well take major commitment. This one seems like a real gem!

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    1. I'm sure it would work even better if applied more frequently but I am just not that dedicated and I tend to forget a lot. I've been happy with the product though and will keep using it unless something changes

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  2. Interesting. Irish has crap feet and nothing I have tried has worked.
    I also used this approach with Carmen's vitamins and other supplements.

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    1. I don't typically like supplements as a whole and go into use very skeptically. When he did visibly better on it than off though...I'm happy to return to use.

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  3. From my own research (I wrote an article on hoof health/topicals a couple years ago) The #1 and 2 factors that affect hoof horn quality are Genetics and Environment. Horses that spend a lot of time standing in their own primarily piss (shit is mostly a factory on things like thrush) see a bigger degradation in their horn quality. Keeping their environment piss free or as close to piss free as possible is really key. Hoof topicals and supplements don't do anything in the grand scheme of things.

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    1. He lives out on 30 acres - I highly doubt he is standing in his own piss.

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    2. That's not what I was saying or implying with my comment.

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