Soundess of Mind and Body…For Your Horse
Horses can’t tell us when their hooves feel dry, so we as their caretakers have to be aware and apply hoof conditioners to keep their hooves in good shape. Here, contributing writer Amanda Nelson talks about the importance of keeping your horse’s hooves hydrated with hoof care products.
Now that summer is in full swing, horses’ hooves may be at risk. In the summer especially, many horses are exposed to rough terrain they are otherwise protected from during the colder months. This may result in a cracked hoof or worse. Horse camping and trail rides are a great way to change up your horse’s routine and to enjoy the outdoors. However, you want to make sure your mount’s hooves are sound and healthy. Regular farrier visits, even if you support barefoot shoeing and the proper shoes, if you do choose to shoe your horse, are the best way to ensure healthy hooves, but hoof conditioners and various times of equine hoof dressing may also play a significant role. Hoof care products are an essential addition to your barn supplies.
Many horse owners are passionate about the hoof conditioner they use. The most common hoof conditioners mentioned in horse forums are: Keratex Hoof Harder, Hoof Gel, and Hoof Putty, as well as Shur Hoof, Hooflex, Fiebing’s, Mollimentum, and Concrescence. The key with all of these hoof conditioners is to keep the coronary band moisturized. This ensures healthy hoof growth from the beginning.
Farnam Horseshoers Secret Hoof Conditioner is a popular brand of hoof conditioner. The essential fatty acids in the formula act as natural moisturizers for the hoof. The conditioner also helps stimulate collagen production at the coronary band, which is the soft skin where the horse’s hoof grows from. Farnam Hoof Conditioner, like most hoof conditioners helps repair damaged hooves from cracking, splitting, and more.
No matter what discipline your horse belongs to, or what type of riding you do, it is important to maintain great hoof health. After all, a horse’s health begins from the ground up.
- Amanda Nelson