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  • Hoof Care – 7 Common Conditions and How to Manage Them

    by Fiona Lane April 05, 2024

    Hoof Care - 7 Common Conditions and How To Manage Them

    Caring for a horse’s hooves means dealing with conditions ranging from mild cases of cracking and chipping or thrush through to severe conditions like hoof abscesses and laminitis that can cause more permanent damage.

    Prevention is always better than cure, so having a great farrier and an even better hoof pick is just as important as managing diet and underfoot conditions. We think supporting a horse’s immune system is also important, which is why we make a range of oral remedies that can help with preventing and managing the most common hoof ailments.

    Managing Cracks, Chips, Seedy Toe & White Line Disease

    Most hoof cracks are superficial, however some can worsen leading to more serious issues. If your horse has cracks that just won’t go away no matter how many expensive supplements you give them, it could be to do with absorption issues in the gut.

    Our oral Healthy Hooves remedy supports a healthy digestive tract that can more readily absorb the minerals from their normal diet and make them available to build strong hooves. This remedy is also effective for ailments such as seedy toe and white line disease.  With improved mineral assimilation it’s not only hooves that benefit but hair quality and teeth as well.   

    Preventing and Managing Hoof Abscesses

    Hoof abscesses can be a nightmare! Your horse has finally healed from an abscess, only to be tender from another one brewing despite a skilled farrier and a ton of quality supplements.

    At Hippo we approach abscesses from two angles; improving the quality of the hoof wall and sole to lessen the chance of cracks that let bacteria in, as well as our safe and time-tested remedy to support venting and drainage of an abscess.

    Our Abscess Plus remedy can be given orally at any stage of abscess formation to support safe venting and drainage. If the abscess has been caused by a foreign object buried deep inside tissue, dosing with Abscess Plus twice daily for two to three weeks will often draw out the offending object.

    Preventing and Managing Laminitis

    Laminitis is an inflammatory condition that often appears during Spring and Autumn when the grass is lush and green. Rain increases the level of soluble carbohydrate in grass and clover and when ingested, can cause metabolic changes to the blood that flows to the laminae of the foot. Once a horse has had laminitis, they are prone to the condition recurring, which is why prevention of this painful condition is important.

    Managing feed and diet and restricting access to lush green pastures are both ways to keep laminitis at bay. Our LamiPrev oral remedy can also help by building up the immune system, giving a horse a head start against laminitis. Dosing starts two weeks before new grass growth is expected and continues through until grass has died back. While this might sound expensive, it isn’t! Our 90ml pump bottle retails for around $55 (depending on which currency you're shopping in) and contains around 115 days of coverage.

    If your horse is already experiencing symptoms, our LamATK remedy can provide support for the minor pain and inflammation of laminitis. It’s professionally formulated and safe to use alongside any treatment or medication prescribed by your vet.

    Beating Thrush

    This common but nasty bacterial infection usually starts in the frog clefts and can be very unpleasant to deal with. Often the first sign is a strong smell and a dark ooze coming from the hoof area, followed by a pasty, cheesy texture around the frog. It can be hard to tackle, especially during winter when horses can’t avoid wet and muddy conditions.  Our Thrush Plus – Equine remedy works from the inside out to assist recovery by supporting the immune system. Once symptoms are gone, continued dosing once a week can help nip any future flare ups of thrush in the bud before they take hold.

    Helping a Foot Sore Horse

    There are lots of reasons for a horse to be foot sore. A minor injury, soft soles or the aftereffects of conditions laminitis, thrush or an abscess can all cause ongoing lameness. Our Foot Sore – Equine remedy is a great all-round remedy for supporting horses with minor hoof pain and discomfort. This oral remedy can be added to the water trough making dosing long term quick, easy and cost effective. The active ingredients in our remedies only need to need to make contact with a mucous membrane such as a tongue for a dose to be delivered, so water trough dosing only needs to happen every second day.

    Providing Emotional Support

    Sometimes more serious hoof conditions can lead to a horse needing to be kept inside and separated from their herd, causing anxiety and emotional stress. Thankfully we also make a range of calming remedies for just these occasions! Our best selling Chilled Out Horse is a great everyday calmative, while Rehab Calm specifically targets the mental and emotional challenges of injury and rehabilitation.

    Like all our remedies, these are given orally by pumping the sweet tasting liquid straight into the mouth, adding it to feed or a treat. For horses that are particularly stressed, pop two pumps of remedy onto your finger, then dab it onto the tongue, gums or lips and that’s it – job done!

    You can find out more about our calming range of remedies for horses in our blog post: Calm the Farm – natural calming remedies for horses


    General Disclaimer

    Always follow dosing instructions. Our remedies are formulated to support the natural immune system of horses, pets, and livestock. We do not claim to treat, medicate or cure any health conditions. If you are worried an animal may be in pain or suffering please contact your veterinarian.



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