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MANAGING HORSES HOOVES IN POORLY DRAINED or WET AREAS

MANAGING HORSES HOOVES IN POORLY DRAINED or WET AREAS

The film in Hoof-Seal® has a role in limiting moisture uptake and preventing excess moisture being soaked up through the tubules in the sole and the keratin of the frog during wet conditions. Therefore Hoof-Seal® allows limited moisture uptake maintain normal hydration levels in the hooves, but repels excess moisture. Hoof-Seal® is a world-first formulation, containing natural protective wood oils is porous, breathable, biodegradable and provides a thin wear resistant membrane when applied to the hoof walls and soles. This helps to maintain the normal moisture content within the hooves to help prevent the hooves from drying out and developing cracks in hot weather and excessive softening in wet weather. Hoof-Seal® thus provides a hard wearing surface  to the hoof, which assist in maintaining a supportive and flexible hoof wall, resilient sole and pliable frog. Pastures on wet areas and soils with a clay base are likely to be heavily damaged by ‘pugging’ as horses graze.  This increases the winter wet season problem of slow pasture growth and death of the more palatable and fragile pasture species.  Soggy and pugging soils also increase hoof problems. A twice weekly application of Kohnke’s Own Hoof-Seal to the soles of the hooves will help maintain normal hoof moisture on wet, squelchy areas and will minimize mud collecting in the frog sulci (grooves) and building up on the soles. Unlike all other applications Hoof-Seal® adheres to the hooves, but still allows moisture and air passage through the hoof and sole surface. It is best to cordon off soggy areas during wet periods, shift horses to higher ground or even stable horses overnight to relieve damaging grazing pressure. It is also wise to divert any water away from low lying areas to reduce pooling and pugging.  Provide a ‘feed pad’ area of compacted crushed sandstone or road base material (no sharp stones or pebbles) to encourage horses to keep off low lying areas.  Consult a drainage expert for advice on surface drainage or subsoil drainage options. 

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