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Riding & Horse care

Caring for your horse’s hooves

Horses’ feet are fragile and need particular care, or the old saying: “No foot, no horse” could come true.

Preventative care, especially with Sapo products, is the only reliable way to manage your mount.

As for the care of leather and of horse tack, there are Sapo products specially designed and made for taking care of horses’ hooves.

Daily care :

It is not enough to take care of your saddle or your horse tack to be a rider worthy of the name. Looking after your horse’s hooves is at least as important. Before and after each ride, you should pick out each hoof of the horse with the hoof pick, scraping the sole and the gaps around the frog to remove any soil, manure or stones. Then brush the foot above and below with a hard brush to remove all the dirt. Next, grease the foot. This must be done: once a day in dry weather, twice every two days in wet weather.

Apply SAPO light or dark Renovating Ointment to the wall of the horse’s hoof, the sole and the frog. Sapo recommend that you apply it generously with a small brush. SAPO light or dark Renovating Ointment nourishes, fortifies and stimulates the growth of the horny part of the horse’s hoof. It makes it more supple and protects from sand-cracks, bruised soles, keratomas , cracks and hoof thrush.

SAPO dark Renovating Ointment is specially formulated for black hooves. This Sapo product has good covering power, and is also recommended if the horse’s hoof is light in colour and you would like to colour is black.

SAPO light Renovating Ointment is specially formulated for hooves where the horn of the wall is white or pale yellow, or black and white striped, and you want them to keep their natural colour.

SAPO Ointments can be used all year long, summer and winter, because the consistency of this foot grease remains stable whatever the temperature of the product. In all seasons and whatever the weather, it is easy to serve out and spread the product. SAPO Ointments do not freeze when it is frosty and do not go runny in very hot temperatures.

Sapo Advice to avoid the problems to which horses’ feet are exposed:

• Hoof thrush
• Soft and painful sulci
• Flakes of horn which can enclose dirt and provoke abscesses

Effective though they may be, Sapo products are less so if you do not follow these few essential tips:

• Always grease the feet before washing the horse and not after, or the water will be trapped in the foot, making the internal tissues soft and soggy.
• Only grease the foot when it is dry.
• Never be satisfied with cleaning the foot superficially after work. It is essential that you pick out the foot and brush it to remove all dirt.
• Take regular care of the stall so that the horse is not standing permanently on a dirty floor with old litter.
• Finally, Sapo advises you not to grease the foot too intensively.

Specific carte with Sapo products:

If the frogs show signs of rot, or the clefts are soft and painful, apply SAPO Norway tar to dry and disinfect the part of the foot affected.
Use a small brush if you have the Norway tar in a pot, or spray on from an aerosol.

Remember that the horse’s hoof is very exposed and its care ne must never be neglected. Sapo products are there to help you.