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The Hoof Care Kit - What Every Horse Owner Needs

May 17, 2017


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.


  • A working sharpie pen, in a color that will show up on your horse’s hoof sole.  In the rare instance that he steps on a nail or screw, your Vet will need to tell you to leave it or pull it.  If you pull it, you need to mark the spot on his sole where it went in, and also mark the spike to the depth it went in. You can also use the sharpie to mark cracks to determine if they are getting bigger or growing out. 



  • Hoof packing.  Depending on where you live, your horse, and his affinity for various hoof issues, you may choose to have some epsom salt packing or ichthammol dressing on hand.  


  • A pair of laminitis boots for ice therapy.  Now, these aren’t just for laminitis, a horse with fever, diarrhea, or tender feet after a shoe or workout needs some ice therapy.   


  • Horse shoe pulling tools!  Have your farrier show you how to pull a shoe, and invest in a few tools for a few buck so you can save your horse in a pinch.  



  • A hoof wrap and pad.  Lost shoes, abscesses, and other hoof ailments that need to stay dry can benefit from a hoof wrap.  These replace the need for a diaper, tape, vet wrap, and the like.   


  • A way to soak your horse’s hoof.  A simple feed tub is clumsy, spills, and large to store, so grab a specially designed soaking boot to have.  Many shapes and sizes and budget points out there. 



This hoof kit will keep your horse comfortable and safe until help arrives! 




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