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Hoof Conditioner: What Really Works

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.

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Amy

Cracked hoof

This cracked hoof is in need of hoof care product like hoof dressing

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

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3 Responses

  1. Hi Amy — I live in central Florida just south of Ocala. My horse & my friend’s horse have cracked & chipped hooves. I bought Farnam Horseshoers Secret Hoof Conditioner and we used it once. But our farrier said that was a bad idea during the summer as it draws moisture and summer is our rainy season. OK for winter, but not for summer. Any thoughts or ideas?

  2. Hi, Linda,

    I took your question to a very respected local farrier (who I personally use)–Keith Jacobson of Natural Hoof Care of Colorado.
    http://www.naturalhoofcareofcolorado.com/
    Keith said that first of all, your local farrier would be best for advice regarding environmental issues, since the climate of Florida (warm, humid) is so very different from, say, Colorado (where it’s typically dry).
    That being said, Keith added that if a hoof gets really hydrated–from say, a wet pasture–that as it dries out, it’s not unusual for the outer layer to get brittle and chip off. Minor chipping and flaking is natural, and not an indication of poor health or poor hoof quality.
    Significant cracks, on the other hand, “That’s another story,” says Keith, one that deserves the attention of a farrier.
    Keith also notes that some folks overuse topicals on their horse’s hooves, which can be detrimental because this coating can attract dirt or sand and cause a buildup of debris on the hoof, which prevents it from being able to breathe, which it needs to do.

    I hope this helps!

    Amy

  3. Thank you Amy. We are fairly new horse mommies and probably are a bit obsessive. Keith’s advice confirmed our farrier (we are at a new stable with a new farrier & vet) and that was much appreciated. The boys are on a regular 6 week schedule with the farrier, so based on your confirmation, I feel that they are in very capable hands. Linda

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