DIY: Clay Thrush Paste

I love Red Horse hoof products. I used Artimud under some glue on hoof protection and was absolutely amazed at how well it kept the frogs healthy and free of thrush. Even after casts with pads being glued on for two weeks, the feet looked and smelled great upon removal. They also have a product called Field Paste, which is similar but more suited for pasture turnout on a bare foot. They work really well.

They are both clay based hoof packing with added all natural antimicrobial and antifungal ingredients. The concept of the Field Paste is, what sticks to the hoof in the mud, like mud? Mud! So it is a medicated clay mud packed in the hoof instead of gross pasture poop mud. It stays in for up for 3 days. This is a great option for those who pasture board and can’t see their horse daily or don’t have time for daily hoof cleaning and treatment. Just pick out the feet well, then smear/smush the clay into the collateral grooves and central sulcus. Done.

…but the price tag! $32 for a tiny tub? Really? Add to that, it is from the UK and the only USA distributor charges like $17 for shipping. Seriously?

You know me, I had to tinker with it and see if I could make my own version for less money.

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Hooves: Modified Glue-On Boot Shells

I’ve been meaning to write up a post about my experiment this fall with modified Renegade shells, glued on for a full cycle (4 weeks), acting as shoes.

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2018 Goals

I’ve found that it helps me stay focused if I write my goals down. The last two years have not gone according to plan, but I’m going to try again this year.

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New Year’s Day ride 2018

With the ridiculously extreme cold weather we’ve been getting here in Kentucky, I had to break my New Year’s Ride tradition this year. Usually I like to go riding just before midnight on New Year’s Eve and/or go for a trail ride on New Year’s Day. It was near zero degrees at midnight, so I stayed in bed (yes, I’m old and boring and went to bed at 10). The high only reached 14 (with insanely cold windchills), so I decided to stay in the arena. Instead of the normal outside adventures, I invited a couple friends over to play broom polo.

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2017 Miles

Happy New Year!

2017 was a pretty good year, especially compared to the Worst Year Ever of 2016. In terms of endurance goals it was not at all successful, but having survived 2016 really helped me keep perspective on all the minor set backs and bumps in the road this year. On a large scale, it was good. I have the best husband in the world, my dream farm, and healthy horses. I even got a living quarters trailer this year, ahead of schedule. The rest is just details. :) Continue reading