Aardora helps speed healing in three ways. First, as a powerful, all-natural antimicrobial dressing, it protects your horse's damaged hoof and heel from harmful germs (bacteria and fungus). Second, Aardora's superior moisturizers quickly soothe irritation, redness and swelling to make your horse more comfortable while the hoof condition clears. Lastly, Aardora’s Active Earth Elements™ draw toxins and allergens away from the skin while providing essential mineral nutrients. Guaranteed results with no reported side effects.
About Hoof Rot, Symptoms & Causes:
Hoof Rot, also known as pododermatitis, is caused by a bacteria (Fusobacterium Necrophorum) that thrives in wet, decaying, airless material such as mud and manure. When the hoof becomes packed with this material, the lack of air and constant moisture work together to create a perfect breeding environment for pathogens. Hoof Rot specifically affects the sole of the hooves between the wall and the hood, whereas the related condition Hoof Scald affects the area between the hoof’s claws (toes) and “Thrush” tends to only affect the frog.
Early signs of hoof rot are dark coloration, odor and grime around the frog of the hoof. Hoof rot usually affects both hooves, which distinguishes it from hoof abscesses or localized bacterial infections, which will often only affect one hoof or one claws of the hoof. If you notice these symptoms, it is important to start treating immediately to prevent secondary infection; in severe untreated cases, this can lead to lameness.
Caring for Your Horse's Hoof Rot:
Before treating your horse’s hoot rot, clean your hands thoroughly so you don’t accidentally spread more bacteria to the affected area. Hold the hoof upwards and pick out any dirt, manure or anything else lodged in the frog or sole of the foot.
Use a topical (surface) skin protectant, such as Aardora, to manage the infection and guard against bacteria growth. Aardora will also relieve your horse’s inflammation and discomfort. In the following days, check the hoof every 12 hours for packed dirt that may impede the healing process.
Trying to Prevent Hoof Rot...
To avoid future equine hoof problems, pick out your horse’s feet on a regular basis and have his or her hooves trimmed or shod frequently. Also, protect your horse’s feet with properly fitted shoes and pads, if necessary.
Additionally, try not to ride in deep sticky ground conditions. Deep mud can twist a horse's delicate legs and possibly damage their leg tendons and ligaments. If the rain turns your arena into a swampy area, give your horse the day off and keep him or her inside until the field is a dryer and safer place.
Keep your horse’s pen/stall dry by shoveling out any wet soiled patches and replacing them with dry bedding. There are lots of absorbent beddings available at feed or tack shops. Regularly remove manure from paddocks and pastures, and improve drainage if mud is a problem.