Tender Cushion Open Cell Equine Hoof Pads are used in many different equine applications including medical care, transportation safety, general quality of life comfort, and emergency first aid.
The pads are designed to be simple to attach and use in a variety of situations. When it comes to caring for your horse, simple and reliable is important. Below are a variety of different attachment methods and uses for a Tender Cushion, each having different pros and cons.
The correct way to use a Tender Cushion varies depending on the injury or pain you are treating, supplies you have available on hand, how long the horse will be wearing the pad, and the urgency of the situation.
Clean the entire hoof to the best of your ability in the current situation.
Use a hoof knife to remove debris from the bottom of the hoof.
The top of the hoof is where the adhesive sticks, so the cleaner it is the better the tape will stick.
Remove any large debris from the hair above the hoof, although you want to
avoid taping above the coronet band or hairline of the hoof as much as possible.
Medication can be applied after cleaning if required.
Quick and easy method of attachment for short term wear. Great for first aid and transport.
Veterinarian preferred attachment method. Snug, secure, durable, and long lasting.
Using duct tape by itself is a common attachment method due to availability. Avoid crossing the coronet band or hairline of the hoof due to the high strength of the duct tape.
Tender Cushion Open Cell Rubber Equine Boot Inserts are the perfect addition to any available equine boot. They significantly increase the level of support and comfort for the horse. The open cell rubber expands back to its original shape quickly each step. This results in a shock absorbing bounce as long as the pad is worn.
All brands of equine boots are closed cell rubber which compresses like "memory foam". When closed cell rubber is compressed, especially under the weight of a horse, it stays in the compressed shape for a longer time. This compressed state significantly reduces the support and comfort.
Only Tender Cushion Open Cell Rubber Equine Boot Inserts expand back after each step.
Purchase the general size of pad needed, small, medium, or large. The 3/8" thick pad can easily be cut to fit any brand of boot. Occasionally remove the pad from the boot and wash it with soap.
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