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Ask the Vet – Sugary treats, hoof hardener vs hoof oil, horse sunburns, and more! – September 2017



You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about sugary horse treats, the difference between hoof hardener and hoof oil, treatment and prevention of sunburns, leg wraps for trailering, rinsing horses after workouts, and way more!

Additional reading/watching material mentioned in the video:
Ask the Vet Playlist
Horse Health Library Videos
Hoof Health videos featuring Danvers Child, Certified Journeyman Farrier
Products at SmartPak containing sunscreen
Our new Ask the Vet form!

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Questions answered in this episode:
1. As you may know, there are these treats with sugary foods on them, that have been in high demand lately. These treats have things on them like cereal, jelly beans, sprinkles, and etc. I know you will answers these questions with “it all depends on the horse.” So, I am wondering if these treats are actually healthy for horses? If people do buy them, should there be a limit? Also, should there be things to look out for (like red flags) if people do buy them? Lastly, what are some treat alternatives?
2. What is the difference of hoof hardener and hoof oil? Depending on what climate you live in and what season it is (dry, humid, spring, summer, fall, winter, etc) when should I use hoof hardener and/or hoof oil? Is it possible to use too much hoof hardener and/or hoof oil? Where is the most beneficial place to apply hoof hardener and/or hoof oil? Like the wall or the sole frog area.
3. My spotted saddle horse has large areas of white hair with pink skin underneath. His hair is thick enough over most of his body to protect his skin somewhat from the sun, however, his face is very prone to sunburn and peeling. Human sun screen works, however, most require reapplying often and it’s difficult to do that regularly. I have used an extended nose fly mask to attempt to screen some of the bright sun but he’s a bit of a Houdini…. If he decides it needs to be off, it comes off. What’s the best treatment for sunburn? I have had some luck with the thick baby rash creams with zinc oxide (Desitin, for example) but he will rub his face against things to try to scrape it off, abrading the sunburnt area in the process.
4. I would like to know if it is true that horses shouldn’t be rinsed immediately after a hard workout or if rinsing them in cold water or hot water makes any difference.
5. Should I wrap my horse’s legs when going on a long trip in the trailer?

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One comment on “Ask the Vet – Sugary treats, hoof hardener vs hoof oil, horse sunburns, and more! – September 2017
  1. Cinda Newby says:

    I noticed when had a fussy horse, smashing two or three peppermints into his grain made all the difference when I went the time to feed him the paste wormer.

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