Hoof Armor Articles
Imagine walking across the kind of sharp stones commonly found in driveways with thick soled boots. Now, imagine walking (or actually try it) with only your socks on. I guess what you would do in the latter case is try not to put your weight on your tender feet. If you did come down hard it might hurt and it may damage the sole of your foot. I don’t know if these are your memories, but they are mine and also plenty of country kids’. When school let out in Spring they first thing we did (well, maybe the second) was to take our shoes off. However, the first time we hit the street and walked over stones, we appeared contorted trying not to put our bare feet in contact with the sharpness. Our heads bobbed up and down in a subconscious attempt to not hurt. Interesting how lifting your head seemed to help avoid putting your weight down? Didn’t work though. It took a long time then to carefully go a short distance to avoid hurting the soles of our feet. As summer progressed the soles of our feet became calloused and tougher…maybe somewhat thicker. Very soon we were able to run (we seldom walked) over the sharpest stones with little discomfort. Why was that? Because our feet soles became more like shoe soles…tougher, thicker and calloused. So, were we lame in early spring when we first took our shoes off and walked across a surface we weren’t accustomed to? Did we think we couldn’t ever go without shoes or boots? Did we think we had to stay on the grass or sand to avoid our feet being damaged? No, we “toughed it out” and kept at it until the soles of our feet adapted to be tough enough to travel over the surfaces we wanted to go over. We kept our feet dry as possible because we learned that a wet foot is a soft foot. But, still we chose the easier surfaces if possible when barefoot. We walked on the edges of driveways rather than on the sharp stones. We avoided walking on broken glass, etc. We protected the soles of our feet from damage by not walking over sharp surfaces if we didn’t have to. Why should we expect our horses be different? The role of HoofArmor is to protect the sole of the hoof until it can become thicker and tougher and allow the horse to travel across reasonable surfaces…as we do.