Saddle Up with Pour-in Pads to Prevent and Aid Hoof Care Issues
Source: Vettec Animal Health
Like a glove provides extra protection to human hands and fingers, pour-in pads serve as a safeguard for both shod and barefoot horses. Pour-in pads can provide solar support to both prevent and aid common hoof care issues.
Pour-in pads, made of urethane adhesives, bond to the sole of a hoof and produce a soft and resilient supportive pad material. Designed to increase the weight-bearing surface area, these materials alleviate pressure off the hoof wall and allow the sole to take on some of the horse’s weight.
Horse owners and farriers can utilize pour-in pads to create extra protection and provide support to prevent and manage hoof care issues.
Using Pour-in Pads to Prevent Hoof Care Issues
The hooves support a horse’s whole body. It’s important for horse owners to take the necessary steps to prevent potential injury or infection. Pour-in pads can serve as a preventative tool for the following:
Bruising: Using a durable pour-in-pad material can help prevent sole bruising. As horse owners may not be able to see bruising until the healing process begins, it’s crucial for owners to be mindful of their horses’ environments and provide the proper support to avoid injuries or discomfort.
Moisture: To avoid infection or injury in changing climates, horse owners can use pour-in pad materials to help maintain optimal sole health. These pads bond to the bottom of a horse’s foot, sealing out moisture and preventing debris from being packed in the foot. Pour-in materials infused with copper sulfate also help to mitigate mild and moderate cases of thrush effectively.
For more information on the prevention and treatment of hoof care issues using pour-in pads, please visit the Vettec website.