Be careful not to fall into the rollercoaster of hoof products: too much polish
and you need a moisturizer; too much moisturizer and you need a sealant, and on
and on in an artificially continuous cycle.
Hooves are usually best when left alone. Their structures are surprisingly
adaptive to temperature and moisture; their ability to expand and contract is
vital in response to changing environments. It’s only when environments get
extreme or vacillate between wet and dry too frequently that hooves can get
If your horse has particularly brittle hooves or is susceptible to abscesses or
losing shoes, talk to your farrier and veterinarian about proper diet, trimming and
shoeing. If you have questions about whether a particular hoof product is right
for your horse, ask your veterinarian.
Myth 2: Mane pulling hurts your horse.
Maybe. Want to start a debate at the barn? Bring up mane pulling. There seem to
be about as many folks out there who believe mane pulling doesn’t hurt as there
are folks who believe it does.
To get to the root of the matter, we have to look at specifics. First, keep in
mind that all pain is not created equal. A toothache hurts differently than a paper
cut, right? The same goes for horses. And just as there are differences in how bad
something hurts, there is also individual variation in how a particular horse reacts
In order to understand what a horse might feel when his mane is pulled, let’s
look at his anatomy. Horses, like humans, have pain receptors throughout their
skin; this includes the area of the neck where the mane grows, called the crest.
However, some areas of the skin are far more sensitive to pain than others.
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