Before reaching for hoof packing, it’s important to consider why.
Ask yourself, what’s behind the intention of packing the hoof? How will it benefit the horse? It’s important to scrutinize your reasons and establish an objective.
Hoof packing is employed for many reasons:
It’s important to gather as much information about the horse as possible.
Frank Dugan, Vettec’s director of sales, asks three questions when receiving inquiries about a product.
“There are certain key issues that need to be addressed,” he says. “When I’m talking with someone who has a question, I always ask: What kind of horse is it? What’s it used for? What environment is the horse in?
It’s important to consider your reasons for using hoof packing and have an objective behind it.
You must understand what’s going on with the internal structures in order to successfully treat horses that require support.
When a horse loses arch support, it will lose some spring in its gait.
It’s important to put hoof packing under every pad so the void will not fill
with dirt and debris.
“Is the horse standing in a swamp or is it out in the desert? That’s going to dictate a lot in your decision-making process.”