Soaking hooves is often part of the treatment for a variety of hoof ailments, namely abscesses. A nice soak in a custom concoction sounds like a great idea (on paper) but in reality may horses despise standing in a feed tub. Feed tubs are for FOOD, and your horse knows it!
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Make sure your horse really needs a soak. Any hoof issues should be tended to by your Veterinarian to determine a diagnosis and treatment plan. Some conditions need an ice bath, others need a hot water soak.
Ground rules for everyone’s safety:
Some tips for making the soaking time pass easily:
The horse’s lower leg and hoof is quite an amazing structure. There are now muscles in the lower legs, and the hooves carry the weight of the horse. So how does the all important blood supply reach the hoof, and then get back to the heart?
It’s the frog! The frog is technically part of the horse’s circulatory system. And one of it’s jobs is to help the horse’s leg pump the blood from the hoof UP the leg. No muscles there to do that! The frog is sometimes called the second heart for this reason.
Top 10 hoof care tips!
No hoof, no horse! Keep your horse’s hooves happy, healthy, and comfortable by using these 10 hoof care tips. Learn easy and fast ways to help your horse's hooves be at top form and peak health.