In this, the last post in our hoof care series, horse health experts Carr & Day & Martin talk to us about how best to care for our horse’s hooves when conditions are less than ideal…
Managing hooves in intense conditions
Our horses often spend unavoidably long periods inside in stables or in wet, muddy fields, both of which have a detrimental effect on the hoof capsule.
Bedding materials such as shavings, paper and hemp prevent the free flow of air around the hoof capsule. They are also of an absorbent nature and so act to draw moisture out of the hoof. Additionally, some bedding will unavoidably become contaminated with urine. The bacteria naturally present in bedding converts this urine into urea and ammonia, which acts to dissolve the natural fats and oils that protect the hoof horn capsule, causing the structures to soften and weaken.
The problem is exacerbated by wet, muddy fields (which is unfortunately unavoidable in Ireland, particularly during the winter months!)
Cornucrescine Tea Tree Hoof Oil is a rich, translucent oil, for use on the whole hoof structure and excellent for stripy or mixed coloured hooves. The unique formulation is ideal for the daily maintenance of all types of hooves. Tea Tree Oil is renowned for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and if used daily will therefore help prevent bacterial infection, maintain and improve hoof health as well as leaving a long lasting shine.
By anticipating, rather than simply reacting to the wet – dry cycle, you can stabilise the moisture content of your horse’s hooves and thereby greatly improve the health of his or her hooves.
Anticipating wet conditions
A fantastic product to help keep hooves healthy in wet conditions is Cornucrescine Daily Hoof Barrier. By creating a one-way barrier that prevents the hoof from absorbing excessive moisture and damaging ammonia, urine and urea, Its advanced formulation waterproofs the hoof, whilst still maintaining breathability and its ability to repel excess moisture.
Cornucrescine Daily Hoof Barrier protects the hoof capsule from the damaging effects of stabling and wet, muddy winters, thereby enabling hooves to strengthen naturally and become more resilient to adverse environmental conditions. It also contains an anti-bacterial agent to protect the horn and if used regularly, damage to the hoof capsule can be avoided, maintaining hoof strength throughout wet, wintery conditions.
Anticipating dry conditions
Hooves that are facing dry conditions require a slightly different approach and this is where Cornucrescine Daily Hoof Moisturiser comes into its own. A water-based cream designed to replace moisture lost in dry conditions during the summer months, when used as a preventative measure, Cornucrescine Daily Hoof Moisturiser will help slow down the rapid drying process that is likely to occur. Therefore, cracks, splits and damage to the hoof structure caused by such rapid water loss, can be largely avoided.