The Ultimate DIY Hoof Oil
Updated: Feb 13
Under perfect conditions, horses' hooves should naturally maintain a balance of moisture. However, sometimes circumstances occur such as; cracking, brittleness, thrush, white line disease, and more. In that case, it's a good idea to consider applying a hoof oil. You can easily make an excellent hoof oil at home with a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry.
2 Cups Canola Oil
½ Cup Olive Oil
½ Cup Coconut Oil
1 Teaspoon Tea Tree or Lavender Essential Oil (Optional)
Makes just over 3 cups of hoof oil.
About These Ingredients:
Canola Oil – Canola oil is highly moisturizing and has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Canola oil is rich in vitamin E and K, which are known to help neutralize free radicals and promote healthy hooves. Canola oil is also rich in Vitamin C, which promotes good hoof texture and helps prevent cracks.
Olive Oil – Olive Oil is one of the most nourishing oils in the world. It is packed full of omega-3s, Vitamin A, and E. Olive oil deeply hydrates, but it also helps balance the moisture levels in the hoof. It is naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial to help prevent bacteria growth.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is fast absorbing and has many anti-microbial benefits, which can help prevent the hoof from harmful microorganisms and bacteria. Coconut Oil is nearly 50% lauric fatty acids. According to PubMed Central and The National Institute of Health, one study tested the antibacterial properties of 30 types of fatty acids against 20 different strains of bacteria. Lauric acid is the most effective at blocking bacteria growth. Note: most fractioned coconut oils do not contain lauric acid.
Optional Tea Tree Essential Oil – According to PubMed Central and The National Institute of Health, Tea Tree oil contains several compounds, in particular, terpinen-4-ol, that kill certain bacteria and fungi. These germ-fighting properties make tea tree oil one of the go-to natural remedies for treating fungal conditions such as thrush and white line disease.
Optional Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender oil has natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Additionally, it helps speed up wound healing. In a 2016 study, researchers found that lavender oil promotes the healing of healthy tissue. The natural properties of lavender make it a perfect remedy to treat sole bruises, abscesses, and pain related to brittle and cracked hooves.
Step 1 - Pour coconut oil into a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler, you can use a small pot inside of a larger pot filled with a few inches of water. Heat coconut oil for 2-3 minutes until melted.
Step 2- Mix canola oil and olive oil in with coconut oil. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined (about 1 minute.)
Step 3 - Remove from heat and let the oil cool to room temperature or slightly warm.
Step 4 - Add optional essential oil. You can add both essential oils, but the total amount should not exceed 1 teaspoon per 3 cups of oil.
Step 5 - Mix hoof oil with a wooden spoon for 2-3 minutes or until essential oils and carrier oils fully bind.
Step 6 - Pour finished hoof oil into a container. Most feed and tack stores carry empty hoof containers, or you can buy them at FarmVet.
Step 7 -
Shake the container of hoof oil before each application.
Clean the hooves thoroughly.
Dip the brush into the oil and pick up your horse's hoof.
Apply oil to the underside of hoof covering heel, frog, and sole.
Dip the brush in oil as needed and swipe across outside of hoof, covering the entire surface up to hairline.
Keep your horse in a clean dry place for a minimum of 15 minutes while oil absorbs into hooves.
Apply hoof oil once a day for a maximum of one week while treating severe hoof conditions. Reduce frequency to only once a week or as needed to prevent cracks, splits, bacterial growth, and to maintain proper moisture levels.
Store the oil in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.
Disclaimer: Please consult your veterinarian before applying any products to your horse. Consider any allergies your horse may have before use. Always do a small test spot before doing a full application on your horse.