Does my horse need hoof pads
Hoof Care

Does my horse need hoof pads?

There are times when a horse needs hoof pads as they provide extra support or protection and are often used by farriers to treat hoof problems.

Mustad has a range of care products to build up strong and healthy hooves, as well as solve hoof problems and restore and support the horses hoof.

Mustad range of care products include :

  • Hoof Pads
  • ComfortMix Instant Pad Materials and accessories
  • Hoof Supplements and Hoof Treatments

What type of hoof pads are there?

There are many different types of hoof pads available and if your horse has a problem that will be helped by fitting a pad between the hoof and the shoe, then make sure the pad you buy is up to the job.

For protection and/or shock absorption it is essential that the pads are made of a strong material that will not crush under the weight of the horse, causing shoes to loosen and clenches to rise.

Mustad’s range of hoof pads include :

Mustad No Shock Pads – shock absorbing orthopedic pads made of pure polyurethane, which are designed to relieve leg and tendon stress, while offering good support and protection when riding long hours.

There are a wide range of No Shock Pads available, including :Wedge; Narrow and Thick Rim; Frog Support and Hard Pads. 

Other Hoof Pads available include :

Leather Pads, PP Combi Pad and Bar Wedge Pads.

Click PADS to find out more information and to buy

What other options do I have to protect the hoof?

One option is to use instant pad materials such as Comfort Mix, which is a range of polyurethane products brought to you by Mustad.

The range comprises a mix of pouring pads, fast setting glues, silicones and hood repair materials that promote growth, eliminate thrush, protect and support the hoof and prevent bruising.

The ComfortMix Range

For Shock Absorption and Support

Hoof Pad is a shock absorbing pouring pad which creates direct support and protection, improving the general condition of the sole, frog and hoof.

It is an urethane-based product that sets in 30 seconds and sticks directly to a clean dry sole.

It can be used underneath a pad or with mesh.

Ideally the working temperature should be 18-30 degree Celsius and a minimum thickness of 3mm.

It provides equal pressure distribution over the complete sole.

For more information on Hoof Pad and how to apply, watch the video with Danny Elliott.

Hoof Pad Soft ZnO is a pouring pad used for shock absorption and protection against Thrush.

The product has been injected with zinc-oxide and can be used for hooves sensitive to thrush.

It can be used with any kind of pad and it seals the pad from any debris or moisture that might come between the pad and sole. It also closes the hoof sole from the air thanks to the bonding feature of the material stopping humidity to get in.

Good to know – before applying, give the cartridge a good shake to ensure the zinc-oxide is flowing through both components to get an even mix.

For more information on Hoof Pad Soft ZnO and how to apply, click here to watch a video with Danny Elliott.

For Hoof Reconstruction and Repair
Hoof Repair Black or Hoof Repair White is an adhesive designed for large and small hoof wall repairs and to bond any kind of shoe to the hoof. It sticks directly to a clean, dry hoof wall and sets within a minute and hardens out within 5 minutes. It hardens out to black or white/beige colouring on the hoof.
For more information on Hoof Repair watch the video with Danny Elliott

For Super Fast Bonding and Repair
Super Bond is a fast setting glue that can be used for hoof repairs, glue on cuffs for foals or create your own foal extensions, custom shoes and some glue applications.

The super bonding adhesive sets in 30 seconds and sticks directly to a clean dry hoof wall.

For more information on Super Bond, watch a video with Danny Elliott

For Hoof Levelling and Impact Resistance
Silicone is a silicone pouring pad that creates a layer over the sole, which provides good protection to the hoof.It is ideal for hoof levelling and impact resistance, removing the pressure of bruising in the foot. It also prevents debris or moisture getting between the pad and the sole and provides protection from sharp objects and sharp surfaces such as stones and rocks.As it does not adhere to the sole it must be used with a pad (leather or plastic).
This is a silicone that gives protection, but is not shock absorbing
Setting Time : Within 3 minutes
For more information on Silicone click here to watch a video with Danny Elliott.

How do I apply ComfortMix ?

The Comfort Mix range includes accessories that you use when applying the instant pad materials.The Comfort Mix 200cc Gun and Mixing Tips are to be used with the 200cc cartridges.  The Mesh and Foam Pad can be used with applying the products to hooves.

How can I improve my horses hooves?

Mustad offer a range of treatments and supplements to promote healthy hooves. Click here for more information.

RIGHT BALANCE (available in 2.5KG or 10KG)

Right Balance by Mustad combines Biotin, Zinc(Zinpro) Vitamin E and other vital nutrients that have been proven to contribute to the health of hooves, skin and coats.

The benefits of Right Balance include:• Improves soft, brittle hooves, cracks, seedytoe, sole ulcers and white line disease• Increases hoof growth• Builds hoof wall integrity• Restores hair quality and lustre• Improves dry skin and opaque coat• Improves hoof condition• Apple scented

Hoof-fit Hoof Hygiene Liquid is a unique solution which treats and prevents thrush, ceedee toes, white line and keeps the hoof in a healthy condition.

This product optimizes the condition of the frog and white line, giving bacteria no chance to affect the frog.

It contains chelated minerals, which will deeply penetrate the affected area. The chelated minerals work in combination with Aloe Vera and isopropanol.

This combination ensures optimal condition of the hoof.

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