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Mud Season Madness: Build a barrier from the ground up

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 .

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