Prevention is key to avoiding hoof problems that can turn into long-term health issues. Paying close attention to the season and its associated conditions is the first step to anticipating potential hoof hazards. Winter weather can especially dry the hoof wall out, so consider a moisturizer.
Other common hoof problems come with their own set of natural treatments so you don’t have to keep the vet on speed dial. Here are our most effective treatments for common hoof problems.
A Regular Farrier Appointment
Like an annual trip to the dentist for humans, routine farrier care is vital to preventing hoof problems and catching more serious ones before they reach that point. Consider shoeing for different weather and footing conditions. Every six to eight weeks from the time your horse is one month old is a good place to start.
Regular Shoeing Treats: Laminitis (inflammation), Navicular disease
Apple Cider Vinegar
Strong hooves are essential to a healthy horse. A regular dose of diluted, raw apple cider vinegar applied to picked-out hooves keeps them strong. The enzymes promote circulation, which in turn stimulate hoof growth.
ACV Treats: Thrush, White Line disease
Liquid DMSO, also known as dimethyl sulfoxide, is a substance used by many farriers and has many medical applications. While some believe the substance can be harmful, it has proven effective in the treatment of horse hoof problems when applied correctly and can encourage healing and growth.
Liquid DMSO treats: Hoof infection, stimulates repair
Our holistic Ting Point Therapy targets inflammation to treat lameness and accelerate recovery time and hoof growth – up to half an inch of growth per month!
Leg Saver Treats: Laminitis, (inflammation) Joint problems
Heel support and regular trimming are also important to maintaining good hoof health. Keep in mind that all of the treatments listed above are meant to help, but may not cure the problem in its entirety. Always consult with a professional if a problem persists. Contact us if you have any questions about the diverse range of issues the Leg Saver can treat.