Hoof care

Basic care for horses’ hoof maintenance is regular shoeing and trimming of barefoot horses. The frequency of regular shoeing is individual, but it is a good practice to check the hooves every 4-8 weeks depending on the amount of the use. Make sure that all surfaces and grounds are dry and have appropriate cover eg. Sand. Exercise and nutrition are also crucial part of the hoof care.

The hoof’s wall moisture content has an impact on the quality of the hoof wall. On principal, horses are able to maintain the normal hydration level on their own, if the living conditions, nutrition and level are exercise are optimal /appropriate Dehydrated and over hydrated hooves are more prone to hoof damage e.g. cracks In summer time the most likely area to be dehydrated is the outer hoof wall, specifically the coronet band. Many hoof products contain ingredients which are harmful to the hooves e.g. tar, formaline, solvents. In proper and unnecessary use of hoof products can change the optimal moisture balance of the hooves and impair the quality of the hoof wall, especially on horses that already have problems with their hooves.

Derma10 Heel Balm is a water- free moisturizing cream for the hoof care. Use as needed. Derma10 also provides beautiful shine on hooves. Derma10 hydrates the hoof wall without impairing the normal hoof function.

Derma12 Finishing Oil promotes healing and prevention of dry and cracked hoofs without impairing the natural hydration balance while leaving the hooves shiny.

SOLHEDS natural products in the hoof care

1. Clean the hooves. Dry dirt comes off on the harsh side of the sponge.
2. On very dry hooves massage Derma10 Heel balm on 1-2cm wide on coronet band.
3. Shake Derma12 bottle well and apply on the “softer” side of the sponge oil on hooves.
D12 moisturises hooves without disturbing hooves own moisture balance. D12 oil leaves beautiful glance on hooves.

Some horses can get unwanted microbial growth(microbes, fungal) on hooves. Derma1 Skin Care shampoo helps to manage the microbial growth problem on hooves. Wet the hooves, apply Derma1 shampoo and leave for 5-10 minutes, rinse off. In case your horse uses boots, do remember to disinfect the boots from inside.

Turn to your qualified fairier and veterinarian for assistance on hoof problems and on possible need for hoof care.

Avoid products with labels that provide limited or missing information of the ingredients used as this makes it difficult to ensure that the product/ingredients are suited to hoof care.