Holistic Hoof Tips

Holistic Hoof Tips

Holistic Hoof Tips

By Ruthann Smith
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No hoof, no horse. And, a stitch in time saves nine. Daily maintenance is the key to healthy hooves. Dirty hoofs are vulnerable to stone bruises, brittleness and thrush. Horses that stand in dampness (water, mud, urine, etc.) are subject to soft feet, tenderness and thrush. Dried- out hooves are susceptible to soreness, cracking and breakage.

Prevention is your best strategy. So, here are come tips for keeping your horse sound:


This is the brush I like to use to clean hooves after picking.

Healthy hooves are usually a matter of daily maintenance. Be mindful. And, may you always enjoy hardy hooves.

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Ruthann Smith has spent a lifetime studying sound horsemanship- both as a groom for top international horses and as a renowned braider. Quietly twisting manes atop a ladder, she watched and learned in some of the best stables in the world.

As her passion for great grooming grew, Ruthann became focused on researching, collecting and sharing the best practices of the world’s keenest horsemen. Ultimately, Ruthann used her vast experience to develop exceptional equine grooming products to help raise the bar of horsemanship.

The knowledge she dispenses and the products Ruthann developed solve age-old grooming issues. Making quality horse care easier, they have received the highest honors in the equine industry*. Her Lucky Braids for Top Turnout coat care and braiding products are the best, most versatile, cost-effective and easiest solutions available on the market today.

Now Ruthann offers her LOVE, LOVE Guarantee. If not totally thrilled with a product she developed, Ruthann will refund you in full, regardless of where you purchased it.

It’s her life’s mission to empower horses by educating, motivating and equipping their people to be true horsemen. You can access Ruthann’s tips at: The Grooming Resource on LuckyBraids.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and her Horsemanship Clinics.

*After testing 350 products, Lucky Braids All-In-One Horse Shampoo was named product of the year by Horse Journal, the “Consumer Reports” of the industry. They also named Lucky Braids Shampoo and Top Pick for greys and whites. Lucky Braids specialized braiding yarn also got stellar reviews.