Designed to nourish deep within the keratin cells of the hoof. Reduces the potential for stressing and cracking to appear in the outer wall layer. Ideal for treating vertical cracking, sand/ minor cracking or brittle hooves.
Includes a range of plant oils, specially selected to provide a broad spectrum of nutrients that nourishes deep within the hoof.
Brittle hooves cause the hoof wall to lose its ability to be flexible. This can cause pain to the horse and induce lameness. The dryness creates a situation where the cell structure is very brittle. There is a tendency with hoof movement, for the cells to break the bonds that hold them together, resulting in the hoof wall cracking. The cracking occurs at the weakest point, often around nail holes or up the hoof wall along the keratin fibres that make up the tubules.
Deep cracks can appear causing other problems to occur such as seedy toe. Often it is not just the hoof wall that is brittle but also the frog, sole and heel.
Brittle hooves can be very painful and can result in lameness. Once the hooves become brittle, it can take up to 12 months for healthy new growth to reach the bottom of the hoof. A proper evaluation of a horse's hoof should be part of scheduled care.
- Hoof cracking easily
- Shoes falling off early
- Trimming is hard work
- A tendency to contracted heels
- Indication that the diet is lacking particular nutrition
- Possible genetic background
- Lack of nutrients in the cell structure
- Horses that live in hot, dry or sandy environments are susceptible
TREATMENT - Requires a multi-faceted approach. Regular corrective trimming, moisturise with a good quality product that protects as a barrier and provides topical nutrients. Most importantly, a good quality basic diet for your horse.