Buyer’s guide

Hoof care prod­ucts

Your Horse (UK) - - Contents -

1. Wet weather

Mois­ture is nat­u­rally present in the hoof but long pe­ri­ods of wet weather can re­sult in the sole be­com­ing soft, which may lead to ab­scesses and thrush. Too much wa­ter causes the hoof to swell, which weak­ens the hoof struc­ture and it be­comes crumbly.

2. Dry weather

On the other hoof, when the weather is warmer and drier, your horse’s hooves will dry out and this can lead to them be­com­ing brit­tle and crack­ing. Try­ing to main­tain a con­sis­tent mois­ture level is ob­vi­ously the ideal but achiev­ing this can be very tricky when mois­ture lev­els vary so much from day to day and week to week. What you can do to help is to try to an­tic­i­pate the wet-dry-wet cy­cle by keep­ing an eye on the weather fore­cast and choos­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate prod­uct de­pend­ing on the weather con­di­tions. This can help to sta­bilise the mois­ture con­tent as much as pos­si­ble, hope­fully re­sult­ing in healthy hooves.

3. Bac­te­ria

Bac­te­ria can wreak havoc in your horse’s hooves. They can dis­solve the nat­u­ral fats and oils that pro­tect the hoof, re­sult­ing in a soft and weak hoof.

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