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.
How Do Epsom Salts Work?
Epsom salts, available at most tack shops, feed stores, and pharmacies, is magnesium sulfate. It’s chunkier than regular salt, and dissolves easily in water. In the horse world, epsom salts are commonly used for helping to treat a hoof abscess. When epsom salts get wet, the absorb moisture, which is the “drawing out” part of treating an abscess.
Ichthammol is a dark and sticky black salve that draws out infections. It’s made of a base ingredient, like beeswax or paraffin, mixed with sulfur rich shale. The shale starts as sedimentary rock, and through a series of steps becomes an oil of which ichthammol is made.
Horse Hoof Anatomy - The Frog
When you look at the horse’s hoof in great detail, there’s a lot more going on than just the sole, wall, and what’s inside. The frog has some critical functions in the hoof as well as the rest of the horse.
The frog is the spongy triangular shaped tissue on the hoof bottom. The apex, or pointy part, points to the front of the hoof. The base is wider and extends out the back of the hoof. The hoof’s center of gravity is at the approximate apex of the frog.