Best hoof oils and conditioners: Horse & Hound’s tester ranks his favourites

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  • When you’re choosing for the best hoof oil or conditioner for your horse, it’s important to consider your motivations for doing so. If you are trying to improve the condition of soft or brittle hooves, it’s wise to consult your farrier as some applications may be more of a hindrance than help, and certainly no replacement for good feeding and management. However, when the hooves’ natural wet/dry cycle is interrupted by typical British weather, a hoof oil or conditioner can be of great help. You should also consider the method of application that is required — if your horse tends to fidget, it’ll be worth investing in a product that is quick- and easy-to-apply to avoid hassle and waste. If your main reason for dressing his hooves is to look good when going to a show, choose one that looks smart and is the right colour.

    Horse & Hound has been working with a number of professional riders, trainers and yards to put a range of products to the test in a busy yard environment. And here are the results…

    Horse & Hound’s pick of the best hoof oils and conditioners


    Leovet Hoof Lab Elastic Cream

    RRP £10.95 for 200ml

    Leovet Hoof Lab elastic cream review

    “The brush worked really well and the dressing came out in a good foam that got to all the areas of the hoof. As a conditioner, it really moistened the hooves and worked really well after work to keep the hooves soft and protected.”


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    Equine America hoof balm

    RRP £9.99 for 500ml

    Equine America hoof balm review

    “I found that the balm coated the hooves well, was easy to use with a normal hoof brush and left the hooves looking nourished.”


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    Topline Naturals hoof dressing

    RRP £12.95 for 300ml

    Topline Naturals hoof dressing review

    “This applied to the hoof well and did a good job, but to me it seemed like a high-end, specialist product rather than a standard everyday hoof oil.”


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    Mastacare solid hoof oil

    RRP £6.50 for 250g

    Mastacare solid hoof oil review

    “This worked well and looked smart enough to go to a show in. It lasted well, but you did have to make sure that you had a good coating on the brush before applying.”


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    NAF ProFeet hoof moist

    RRP £30.99 for 1l

    NAF ProFeet hoof moist review

    “I found this good to apply and a good all-round standard product. I like that it comes in a good sized tub, but I hoped that it would be more impressive than it was.”


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    Equi Life Solution4 Feet

    RRP £17.01 for 500ml

    Equi Life Solution4 Feet review

    “It easier to apply than some others tested as it was more oily, although I found I wasted a bit. It looked really nice on the feet and was good for everyday use.”


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    Meet the product tester

    Rob Waine is a professional dressage rider and trainer based in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, where he runs a successful livery and training yard. He has won three regional titles, a national title, been placed at the winter championships and has represented Great Britain at small tour level.

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