Tea tree oil and jojoba oil can both be beneficial to your horse!
Tea tree oil is derived from the tea tree, logically. The leaves of the tea tree are used to extract the oil. This is not the same type of plant that gives us tea for drinking, however. There are many topical uses for tea tree oil, including fighting bacteria and fungus. Tea tree oil may also help to soothe allergic reactions.
It’s important to know that while tea tree oil is generally safe, you want to use reputable sources as the ingredients are largely unregulated. Some of the components to tea tree oil are dangerous, especially to cats.
Jojoba oil is not really an oil, but a liquid wax that comes from the seeds of the jojoba plant. Jojoba oil has emollient qualities, which mean that it soothes the skin. It's commonly found in skin and hair products, and has been used to treat skin issues, bruises, and sores.
But what does this have to do with your horse’s hoof?
The hoof is subject to stones, uneven terrain, bruises, thrush, and more! These are all situations in which a little tea tree and jojoba come in handy. The Hoof Wraps gel pad contains both tea tree oil and jojoba oil, and the pad provides support to your horse's hoof. Use this pad to help during a case of thrush, or after a jump school, or a trail ride with rocky terrain. Always loop your Veterinarian in when your horse develops a hoof issue, to rule out laminitis and other painful conditions.
Help your horse keep his shoes on! Consider your horse's diet, farrier routine, and even how wet or dry his paddocks are. Learn some quick tips for helping your horse keep his shoes on.
The digital pulse is one way to get an instant reading of your horse’s hoof health! This pulse is found at the fetlock, and often reflects pain and inflammation in the hoof. Generally speaking, you may not be able to feel the digital pulse if the hoof is healthy and uninjured. However, as inflammation sets in, the pulse begins to strengthen and can often be strong to the point of bounding. This could be a sign of an abscess, a bruise, or laminitis. Your Veterinarian should always be called for any signs of hoof distress to rule out laminitis and start treatments.
There are many reasons you may need to pack a hoof. Your horse could have a missing shoe. Your horse could also have an abcess, stone bruise, or your horse worked quite hard on bad footing, or just has sore feet. Be sure that you involve your Veterinarian at the beginning of any hoof distress, as you want to rule out laminitis, which might look like something else.