The new millennium also in the "Hoof-it"
We all know that the secret to a winning horse is training and perfect physical fitness. The hooves with their care and their draw can however make the difference.
In the new millennium one could not think of remaining still tied to the "iron" and traditions that go back to the past. The evolution of composite materials and especially of resins has entered the life of the horse.
What are acrylic resins and what difference do they have from those related to resin glass?
Acrylic resins can be defined as a-toxic, and are used both in human surgery (hip prosthesis, etc.) and simply by the dentist. They are two components and summarizing it can be said that they are well tolerated by our bodies and animals. The other types of resins, epoxies and others, are to be considered in their majority harmful or even toxic in some of their phases and therefore should not be used for applications on live animals.
Why is acrylic resin applied and what is the resin used on a horse's hooves?
The resin is applied to the hoof for an innumerable series of reasons, so much so that we have a video that illustrates it and that you can ask for. Important premise: we speak of acrylic resins, non-toxic and that do not heat more than 43° in the solidification reaction; we start from the simple application to the brood mare that is left without grazes to graze, where the desired result is to avoid that the feet without any containment in the presence of a considerable humidity, see morning dew, get up: with simple brushes of resin that then harden within a few minutes creates a containment of a few millimeters on the wall that remains glued and can be re-added when consumed. There are a great number of applications for solidification of the foot, in the case of feet that easily lose the irons, or feet with little consistency always with brushes of resin on the wall: this because one of the important characteristics of Acrylic resins is that which allow a certain transpiration and above all they remain very elastic and do not vitrify. All the strangest corrections to the horse's gait are possible, both in filling empty spaces and in creating support and strengths where the former did not exist. Always with the acrylic resins they make excellent insoles that adhere perfectly to the sole and protect it from crushed stone etc .; if used between the iron and the nail, it makes the iron adhere better to the horse's foot. Many vets use it in mixing with antibiotics powder, to create a continuous dressing effect both for the treatment of bristles and for the serious subtraction of sensitive parts of the foot. But it is in everyday use that our resins are unbeatable: everyone can apply them from the coach to the stable man, just mix the two components, clean and apply on the dry wall with a spatula, moisten the hands, and shape the resin, wait a few moments to dry and the application is finished. Our packs contain resins, glasses, spatulas and all the instructions to operate. Personally some "miracle" we have also seen, horses on the ground that did not move up, horses that marked for blood-bristled that after the application of the resin ran and won.
For the trot and for the gallop special applications are the use of the resin in order to run without the needles, where the resin has the task of working to hold the foot together and to avoid that it explodes and consumes too much under the enormous pressure of the race.