Taking care of the hooves

Observation and daily care of the hooves are crucial for the health of your horse. If you suggest that your four-legged friend may have serious health problems due to the condition of the hooves, reach out for your veterinarian immediately. Have a look at the following list of tips how to perform your daily routine when it comes to the hooves and frogs.


1. Keep the bedding dry and clean.


Dirty, wet bedding is the ideal environment for bacteria and fungi to build up within the feet, which can lead to various bacterial infections such as thrush. To remove unwanted viruses, fungi and bacteria, use the Sanocyn forte Solution and Hydrogel. The Solution effectively removes unwanted fungi, bacteria and viruses, while the hydrogel forms a protective film, which can prevent new and secondary infections. Both products are alcohol-free and pH neutral. Thus, they do not sting and burn. They are based on hypochlorous acid (HOCl), which is very well tolerated by pets and suitable for daily use.  To know more about thrush read our article about it.


2. Daily pick out the hooves


It is of paramount importance to pick out the hooves at least once a day. It allows oxygen to penetrate the underside of the hoof, reducing the risk of bacterial and fungal infections. Moreover, the daily check of the hooves is crucial to identify any cuts, wounds, damage and infections. If you observe something unusual, reach out for help at your vet clinic. Additionally, if your horse has gotten into mud, remove it from the underside of the hoof.


3. Quality of nutrition matters


Feed your horse good quality hay, as the nutrition may prevent some hoof problems. Moreover, your four-legged friend should always have access to fresh and clean water. Furthermore, contact your veterinarian or horse nutritionist to develop a good nutrition plan which includes vitamins and minerals. Research shows hooves can benefit from hoof care products that contain biotin, iodine and zinc.

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