Equestrians are famous for being resilient and multi-skilled, from handling horses to backing trailers and lifting hundreds of hay bales. We're practical people with a passion that requires physical strength, and a willingness to get our hands dirty! Horse care also involves an ever-expanding sphere of knowledge about our horses feed and nutrition, exercise and rehab, health and welfare.

With lockdowns across New Zealand many horse owners have found that more than ever they need to draw on their own skills and resources to care for their horses as the usual farrier and vet services are restricted to emergency cases. Even when everything is normal, there are still times when you need to be able to do what needs to be done, fast.

Our customers tell us that they want to be prepared with all the right equipment so they can provide hoof care and first aid for their horses if their preferred experts are not available; so we've prepared this list.

Essential horse care equipment 

For the loose shoe or emergency trim

We recommend that all horse owners have the basic Farrier Tools at home, so they can safely remove a loose shoe, and trim any ragged edges to prevent breakage. Being able to safely remove a shoe before a horse is hurt by protruding nails, and to give hooves a basic trim are great skills to practice.

Our hoof care collection includes farrier tools and the most useful of these are:

  • Nail pullers - so you can quickly remove any nails holding a loose shoe on. Nails should be pulled before a shoe is removed as tugging the nails through the hoof wall can cause real damage.
  • Hoof nippers - these allow you to remove the longer parts of the hoof wall. They are especially useful to shorten any hoof that has grown over the removed shoe, as long hoof wall is liable to will break off, damaging the hoof's integrity.
  • Hoof rasp - no-one expects every horse owner to be an expert barefoot trimmer, but having a sharp rasp on hand allows you to lighty round the edges of a hoof off when your favourite farrier can't be there. As well as preventing breakage, this is important for your horse's health and comfort. Overly long hoof walls place undue pressure on your horse's internal hoof structures, and can even affect their posture, putting strain on their legs, and can eventually lead to pain and tension right through their body as their stance is affected.

General First Aid for Horses

Often if a horse is injured, your first job is to clean and cover the wound before your vet can arrive.

We wish you and your horses a safe and stress free lockdown! If you do have any injuries or hoof issues arise and need help, let us know asap as we can have your tools ready for click and collect in Auckland, or send out for urgent delivery as quickly as we can!

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