Ever wondered if mane pulling hurts?
Read on for a vet’s input.
BY ANNA O’BRIEN, DVM
Everyone has their own horse-grooming routine. Favorite brush, mane condi- tioner, bathing ritual—you name it. There are many right ways to groom, but some myths linger in the barn aisles when it comes to specifics. Let’s shed some light on a few grooming myths.
Myth 1: Hoof polish dries out hooves.
True … sometimes.
Who doesn’t love the slick look of a shiny set of hooves? Whether you’re
stepping into the show ring or just want a fancy-looking equine pedicure, the
lure of hoof polish is real. Once in a while, a little polish won’t do any harm. But
frequent applications may tend to dry out your horse’s hooves.
Here’s why: many hoof polishes contain acetone, which is the same ingredient
that is in fingernail polish remover. Many women know that frequent use of polish remover can leave nails dry and brittle. The same thing goes for hoof polish,
since hooves are made of keratin, the same material as our nails.
It’s worth bearing in mind that not all hoof polishes, or any hoof products for
that matter, are created equal. Some hoof polishes are water-based and don’t
contain acetone. While their effects won’t last as long as an acetone-containing
polish, they are usually less drying to the hoof.
The takeaway message is to read the ingredient list before you buy a hoof
product. It’s not harmful to occasionally use a hoof polish with acetone, and
knowing what it contains should influence how frequently you use it.
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