What are Hoof Injuries?
Despite proper hoof care and all the efforts made by horse owners to protect their horses, hoof injuries do happen. Hoof problems and injuries can be quite serious and may mean that your horse is unable to work or train for some time. Common foot and hoof injuries include cuts, puncture wounds, and sudden blows. If proper care is not taken infection can develop.
Help for Hoof Injuries
Hoof injuries are often treated at home and it can be helpful to know that there are a number of natural remedies that can reduce the chance of infection, relieve pain and promote healing for healthy horse hooves. Wintergreen Oil contains beneficial soothing properties and Linseed oil works as an effective skin salve.
The herb Horsetail can also be used to effectively to help treat wounds and it has become well known for its effective antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Another beneficial herbal ingredient for treating hoof injuries is Comfrey which has traditionally been used to treat inflammation and pain and promote wound healing.
White Willow is also an excellent herb often used to treat pain and Arnica can be used to treat a number of aches, bruises, equine lameness and sprains. Lastly, the herbs Marigold and Lavender also come recommended as they work to treat skin infections, sunburn, and skin wounds, while encouraging healthy skin and relieving skin discomfort.