You may have heard that Dead Sea Mud applications help symptoms of skin disorders and that’s because they add minerals to the skin. Persistent wet mud, on the other hand, leaches water-soluble amino acids and protective minerals out the hoof. This not only softens the hoof and disrupts its natural balance, but also makes both vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infection. In Horses and Mud! we give you a few quick tips but Han van de Braak BSc LicAc MCSP MBAcC (Retd.) wrote an in-depth article about Hoof Health, Hoof Strength also. So, how can you cope with whatever the weather throws at you and your horse? Here are our 8 top tips:
Trimming or clipping your horse can help in some cases but there are two trains of thought on this one. Some prefer to clip to enable the horse to dry off quicker and enable to check for any grazes etc. but removing the protective layer of hair could also make the skin more susceptible to grazes etc.
Finally, ensuring your horse has the right nutritional balance in his diet is key in your daily battle with the brown stuff and choosing an absorbable broad spectrum supplementation such as Aloeride can help support healthy skin and hoof throughout the long winter months.