Made from 100% sheep wool with jute carrier material, wool hoof pads are completely natural. Wool is just a fabulous material, naturally antibacterial, environmentally conscious but also comfortable, it's really the ideal choice for when it comes to protecting your pony's hooves.
Each hoof pad is easy-care, washable, reusable and simply compostable at the end of life. This means that not only are these hoof pads biodegradable, they break down into completely bioavailable, natural by-products so there's no microplastics or plastic content to worry about at all.
They're re-usable and washable, so if they get a little dirty, you can simply hand-wash the pad in water to remove any muck, manure or shavings and let the item air dry. Wool is naturally antibacterial, wicking and breathable, meaning it'll dry out quickly and easily, and it won't harbour bacteria or smells.
If you're using these hoof pads to help alongside treating an infected hoof, we'd strongly recommend they are disposed of, and they can simply be composted or used as a mulch mat.
How can I use these natural wool hoof pads?
Like insoles for humans, if you're wanting to use these for cushioning, you simply have to trim these to size and pop into your horses boot. The grippy, fibrous surface of the wool will simply grip onto the rubber of the inside of the boot. Wool is also naturally compressive, meaning it will gently and evenly conform to the horses frog and hoof shape, dispersing pressure. Ensure you trim the hoof pad to a size where it fits snugly inside the boot, it doesn't move about, so it can sit across the hoof flat without bunching.
You can also incorporate these into healing and drawing hoof poultices, to give the hoof a little comfort and support as well as helping to contain all the ingredients in the poultice. Pop the hoof pad inside the breathable bag, or wrap you're using - ensure it's trimmed to an appropriate size and is laying flat against the hoof/ ingredients and doesn't bunch up. The wool is naturally antibacterial, so when used in conjunction with a healing poultice it will help deter bacteria build up. Wool is also wicking, breathable and hygroscopic, meaning it will absorb moisture from the area without sitting wet against the hoof surface (unless things are incredibly damp); it will also allow hooves to breathe. In this case we'd recommend disposing of the hoof pad after use with other ingredients, especially if the poultice has been used in conjunction with treating infection of any sort.
Although we're confident our hoof pads are safe and effective, we cannot accept any liability for any consequences arising from the use of these hoof pads. Please use with care and at your own risk.
Why should I choose natural animal care products?
Many animal care products, from boots to brushes, soaps and shampoos are filled with plastics, chemicals and synthetics. Often these are petroleum based, non-renewable and when they enter the environment, they have significant consequences on the ecological environment in the area. Many pet cleaning products contain phosphates, microplastics and oil derivatives - all of which when they enter the water table have negative effects on the habitat, reduce biodiversity and contribute to eutrophication of water based environments. Truly natural animal care products don't contain these synthetics, they use ingredients and materials found in nature. Often there's an effective natural animal product alternative to the usual - so it's always worth a look. That way your furry friend is having less of an impact on the environment.
In fact if you're looking to make some like-for-like swaps to more natural animal products, from toys to beds why not take a peek at our natural pet product range? Our ever expanding natural pet product range has something for any pet, feathery, fluffy and four-legged.