Tea tree oil and jojoba oil can both be beneficial to your horse!
Tea tree oil is derived from the tea tree, logically. The leaves of the tea tree are used to extract the oil. This is not the same type of plant that gives us tea for drinking, however. There are many topical uses for tea tree oil, including fighting bacteria and fungus. Tea tree oil may also help to soothe allergic reactions.
It’s important to know that while tea tree oil is generally safe, you want to use reputable sources as the ingredients are largely unregulated. Some of the components to tea tree oil are dangerous, especially to cats.
Jojoba oil is not really an oil, but a liquid wax that comes from the seeds of the jojoba plant. Jojoba oil has emollient qualities, which mean that it soothes the skin. It's commonly found in skin and hair products, and has been used to treat skin issues, bruises, and sores.
But what does this have to do with your horse’s hoof?
The hoof is subject to stones, uneven terrain, bruises, thrush, and more! These are all situations in which a little tea tree and jojoba come in handy. The Hoof Wraps gel pad contains both tea tree oil and jojoba oil, and the pad provides support to your horse's hoof. Use this pad to help during a case of thrush, or after a jump school, or a trail ride with rocky terrain. Always loop your Veterinarian in when your horse develops a hoof issue, to rule out laminitis and other painful conditions.
The horse’s hoof is an amazing structure, with layers and layers of tissue and function. The hoof wall is the barrier between the bones inside, as well as the soft tissue structures that hold your horse up!
The hoof wall is a changing structure, as is grows about 6 to 9mm a month. In a year’s time, most horses will have totally regrown their hoof wall. The majority of tissue in the hoof wall is keratin, and it’s about 25% water. If your horse is shod, the horse shoe nails go through the hoof wall.
In some parts of the county, the frozen ground is a welcome occurrence! Bugs are gone, snow might be coming, and the earth gets a time to rest. BUT - you horse’s hooves might not appreciate it so much.
Frozen ground is wickedly hard - harder than any concrete or asphalt road. It also likes to freeze rocks into place, creating little spikes in the ground. Your horse won’t be able to kick them out of the way, so tripping is a risk, as are nasty bruises from landing on one of those - even at the walk.
It’s almost inevitable that at some point, your horse will need his hooves soaked or iced. Common reasons for soaking a horse’s hoof include an abscess, white line treatment, or even icing for hoof bruises or laminitis. The best way to get this done is also the easiest way - with a Soaker Sack.