It has been a few years since I have been able to write about potential problems with dry hooves in the UK, but we are last seemigly going to have a summer which although long overdue presents new horse hoof problems!
One such problem is dry hooves. Hooves need a certain amount of moisture to retain their elasticity, and it can be even more of a problem with a shod hoof that will begin to split and crack if allowed to dry out.
An ideal solution using natural horse care prctices is to have an area around the water container (to simulate drinking from a river in the wild) large and wet enough to soak the horses feet when they drink. In practice, this is not always possible or convenient, and water will bring with it the inevitable mud (unless you are lucky enough to have a custom built watering area with a waterproof base), which we would all prefer to avoid whenever possible!
The EasySoaker therapy hoof boot is the ideal solution to soak and medicate if necessary the horse's hooves, and is a very versatile boot that can be used for a number of applications. Soaking your horse's hooves in an EasySoaker, with or without hoof care products, can help with sand cracks, seedy toe, white line disease, thrush, contracted heels and abscesses, as well as helping to alleviate the symptoms associated with navicular, contracted heels, corns and founder.