Yes it is that time of yr again in VT. Fall came quickly and is technically not fiished but it really is. Colors are gone, by us anyway, and the fall rains are upon us. All good things. Leaf litter decomposes and add nutrients. Rain water readies the ground for a restful winters nap so when spring comes and snow melt
( think we will get a lot this yr) is done we have an abundance of growth.
All great things in the process but what about the Muck. I hate muck- muck as I call it. Every yr I say the same thing, “I have no idea how the ground ever recovers.” Whether it be a bad fall mud season or spring thaw, at times the ground just leaves from beneath your feet. YUCK!
So obviously, regardless of my feeling nature still does it thing . I have my muck boots, our horses, some still in shoes, some straight thru the witner for those hardy riders. Then some bare foot yr round or till lalte fall. Still they stompt through it every day. To some extent I think its good for them but it does have its limits. In the wild they would have better access to a variety of footings to keep things in better balance. Deepnding on the time of yr it , the mud , can be really drying to hooves or get them really moist: like this time of yr. With grasses changing and sugar levels in flux lots of stuff goes on at ground level.
So let me tell you how I build a barrier for the ground up.
Rain Drop treatments monthly thru fall (Sept Oct Nov- maybe Dec) . till the ground is frozen and maybe a snow is on the ground. The RDT is my first responder for most any issue , whether it be human or horse realated.
YL Oregano and Thyme oils on coronets and at point of frog and in clef of frog and bars, for those who have the softer hooves. Daily to start then weekly till I’m happy with the feel and look . A couple drops each after a good cleaning of hoof and brush out of loose dirt etc. I let them stand in isle for a few momnet after comlete to asure a good soak in before I return them to stall, run in.
I have done this with my Sarah and Tru , her colt. Her feet are looking soft this time of yr, not usnusual but noticable. White hooves! Over the past yr she has undergone huge physical changes and pressures on her system. Pregnancy, birth( ladies we know that joy! ), and nursing a blooming colt for 4+ months now. Any support i can offer her , Im all over it!
Tru is doing fine, no issues, wondeful little hooves. So why oil him,Why not ! Prevention and note: These oils all work physically and emotionally so I offer him all he wants! I know He loves his oil time! Honestly he hasn’t met an oils he hasnt liked! LOL!!
YL Thieves oil, if Thrush is an issue or an abscess for sure. 4-5 drops right on effected area and hold hoof up for a few seconds to allow a soak in then proceed as you would with typical First Aid procedures. A great paste for drawing out infection in hooves is Thieves Tooth Paste with an addditonal few drops of thieves mixed in as well as peppermnt oil.
This yr I plan to apply Thieves after shoes come off with my Popeye, shod all around and My Diana shod in front only. My intention is to, while sole is clean and freshly exposed, to apply a few drops and masage into sole and frog area, to ward off any potential bacteria. A protective barrier! Why not!
We all try our best ot keep after hoof care but no matter how dutiful we are , we all have those times when stuff happens.
I love haivng my YL Essential Oils on hand to help me manage those times. Hapilly I can say most of my use is preventative, and my horses love it!
If ever in Question about any issue, I always refer to my vet and colaborate treatments as needed.
For information on any of the oils or treatments listed here , please feel free to contact me .