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post #1 of 9 Old 07-09-2014, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Question for Members From Ireland

My boss recently took a trip there and told me that a guy who was giving buggy rides told him he was going to soak his horses hooves in the ocean at the end of the day per the farrier's suggestion. My boss said it had something to do with the salt. Why would he do this? What is the benefit for a healthy hoof? Thanks!
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-09-2014, 09:38 AM
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A salt soak is excellent for fighting thrush and great for hardening any abscess holes.
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A salt soak is excellent for fighting thrush and great for hardening any abscess holes.

Right, but I was asking about healthy hooves. ;) My boss didn't say there was something wrong with this horse's hooves, just that this was the "norm" for maintenance. Thanks for the input!
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I think the salt water is good for anything like skin or hooves. I know that after swimming in a salt water pool my skin feels great! So much nicer than a chlorinated pool.
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Right, but I was asking about healthy hooves. ;) My boss didn't say there was something wrong with this horse's hooves, just that this was the "norm" for maintenance. Thanks for the input!

Lots of people give hooves a salt wash scrub as part of normal maintenance Keeps them clean and healthy.
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I think the salt water is good in general for the horses hooves and legs. I heard somewhere that the sea water will strengthen tendons and ligaments and I think it also helps with problems such as laminitis and arthritis. People now use salt water hydrotherapy for horses with injuries to their lower legs. Didn't Red Rum mostly train on the beach and they said it helped his feet/legs stay healthy.

Not sure if that answers your question but...
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In the winter we use to ride a lot on the beach, non of the horses or ponies ever had thrush or mud fever, (scratches)

Sea water is brilliant stuff for healing wounds too.
I had a pony that had been lame for over six months with a bad wire cut across his heel. When I returned home with the pony I led him down to the beach and he was in the water for about an hour, it cleaned the wound right out and sea treatment every other day healed it in weeks.

When a horse/pony came to us with laminitis, we would lead it to the beach, find a breakwater with a deep puddle at the end of it and tie the pony to it for a couple of hours, they always walked home better .
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Thanks for the input everyone!
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-09-2014, 04:49 PM
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Just as a general comment....

When travelling in Ireland do not take what they tell you as gospel, especially when it comes to horse care There are more leg pullers, and fun makers in Ireland than you can count. On the other side of the coin there are those who have their secret little ways and would misdirect rather than share the truth of their successes!

I love Ireland and the Irish, but you have to keep your wits about you
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