This is the time of year when dry skin sets up shop and refuses to budge, thanks to hot heater air and dry arctic air. It is also the time of year you need to keep your horses hooves moisturized. The cold dry air and heated barn air (if your barn is heated) combined with spending more time in their dry bedded stalls due to inclement weather, can cause your horse's hooves to dry out. Dry hooves, hard frozen ground and daily work can lead to cracked hooves that can spell big trouble for your horse. Banish your dry skin woes and your horse's dry hooves with some of my favorite products!
Let's start with banishing your dry skin! The secret to soft skin lies in a two step process, exfoliation (which removes dry dead skin cells and reveals softer skin but also allows your skin to better absorb moisturizers) and moisturizing (replacing lost moisture and creating a barrier to keep skin hydrated). I have become obsessed with Soap & Glory's Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub and Smoothie Star Body Buttercream. They both smell heavenly and make my skin incredibly soft and moisturized.
Soap & Glory's Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub features a super skin-smoothing blend of cupuacu bio scrubs, shea butter, bananas, almond, and honey extracts to gently polish, smooth, and moisturize the skin. This scrub has won many awards and also has all 5 star reviews on Sephora's website. It also does not contain any bad-for-you parabens, sulfates or phthalates.
Soap & Glory's Smoothie Star Body Buttercream is a luxurious, lightly whipped, super nourishing 5-OIL™ body buttercream, which features pistachio, almond and coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter. It goes on silky smooth without any greasy residue and immediately soaks in leaving behind deliciously scented, baby soft skin. It has permanently banished my rough elbows and knees and has kept away the dull, flaky skin I usually get in the winter.
Now that we have cured your winter dry skin woes, we can move on to making sure your horse's hooves are healthy. A few months ago I tried Healthy HairCare's Hoof Moisture on a whim, when I noticed that it came in a spray bottle. I liked the idea of using a spray bottle instead of the usual thick gloop and brush routine of most hoof moisturizers. The spray idea is pure genius and so easy to use but I was more concerned with how well it moisturized my horses' hooves. It wins on both fronts, ease of use and delivers healthy hooves. All three of my horses are currently barefoot and you have to keep chips away with good moisture. I have used it on my two at home since summer and just recently started using it on my new horse who is in training. My horses' hooves that are at home look amazing; shiny, hard hooves that have not chipped once this winter when faced with dry frozen surfaces. I immediately saw results with this spray that I have never seen with any other hoof moisturizer. My horses are also on Farrier's Formula because true hoof health comes from the inside but when combined with the Healthy Haircare Hoof Spray it has created strong, healthy feet.