Awakening Wednesday — Horse hoof grooming tips

By Rob Hardwicke, President & Product Master — Awakening Mineral Skin Care

Why should a skin care company for peoplebe concerned with horse grooming tips?  The answer is simple: Because horses are a

Hooves/Heels. Hide/Skin. We're not all that different. We both need grooming.

shared interest of ours.   People who groom horses typically live, work & play in tough physical and weather conditions, so their

own hide needs special handling!  The products that we formulate are designed for people living and working in these sorts of conditions — challenging conditions.

What’s not to like about being out for a three-beat canter in Virginia’s horse country, riding the fence line in New Mexico or Montana on a day with a clear, blue sky, or surviving those six, loooooong chukkers on Florida’s First Coast?

Regardless of whether you’re involved with only one or perhaps even all of the above types of activity, your body — and not just that of your horse — is under the gun from many non-skin-friendly forces.   Forces such as wind, polution, UVA and UVB radiation, low humidity. high humidity, cold, heat — and that totally nasty force on all of us — our age!

Although it’s a commercial site, Rio Vista’s presence on the web at horsegroomingsupplies has a nice collection of grooming tips.  Here’s their tip on hoof health & grooming (and “yes”, we have had people comment that they’ve blended our foot balm, Awakening FEET, with Rio Vista’s Hoof Manicure with interesting results — talk about “off label” use of our “people” foot cream.  But Rio Vista can relax; we’re absolutely not in the horse skincare or hoofcare biz!) :

Give your horse a solid foundation.
Inspect his hooves frequently.
There’s an old cowboy saying “no hooves, no horse.” If old paint doesn’t have a solid foundation you’ll be the one who walks the trail. To make sure your horse’s hooves are healthy, pick up his feet regularly and inspect them. If your horse has been standing in mud or water it can lead to cracked hooves.
Check for loose clinches. that’s the firs sign of a shoe about to pull. Call your farrier to reset the nail. Watch for hairline cracks.If they spread up to the coronet band, they can seriously compromise the hoof’s integrity. Get rid of unsightly slough around the coronet band. It’s a sign of dryness. Apply our Hoof Care Manicure and massage into the hairline.
Many horse owners have also discovered a secondary benefit of Hoof Manicure. It strengthens and promotes growth of your nails and softens rough spots anywhere on your body. It also helps relieve itching and has a great fragrance. So keep one in the house. For more information click here.
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