The Hoof Care Kit - What Every Horse Owner Needs
There are plenty of times that horses will thrill and panic us with what could be an emergency. Our trouble doubles when those situations involve the hoof, simply because so much of our horse’s health resides (literally) on his hooves.
A simple Vet Kit is a great tool to have at the barn for emergencies, but a hoof care emergency kit is something you also want to put together. Here are a few basic items for you to have in case something goes wrong with one of your horse’s hooves.
This hoof kit will keep your horse comfortable and safe until help arrives!
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.