Treat Your Horse’s Sore Hooves With Magic Cushion

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It’s not uncommon for a horse to weigh more than 1,000 pounds and all of that weight sits on their hooves. Couple that with the weight of a rider on rocky, uneven terrain and it’s understandable that horses can sometimes develop sore hooves. Additionally, hoof concussion caused by activities such as jumping or repeated impact on hard surfaces can cause soreness and bruising in the hoof. Horses can also be hoof-sore just after shoes are removed. One of the best ways to treat sore hooves and bruising is to use a hoof packing on the sole of the hoof. At Absorbine®, we recommend Hooflex® Magic Cushion® hoof packing, a great solution for overworked hooves.

Magic Cushion contains rosin, turpentine, natural leather fiber and iodine to reduce the temperature in a horse’s overheated hoof.* The sticky material is packed into the sole of a horse’s shod or bare hoof. As this product video explains, the application of Magic Cushion to the sole and frog of the hoof helps relieve symptoms associated with hoof concussion and trauma.* It calms inflammation and soreness throughout the sole and frog.

Magic Cushion thermography images

From thermo-imaging study conducted September 2012

Magic Cushion significantly reduces the temperature of a horse’s hoof. Cooling begins as quickly as an hour after application and continues to cool for up to 24 hours after it is applied. This proven efficacy earns Magic Cushion the trust of top farriers.

Application of Magic Cushion is fast and easy if you’re prepared: you’ll need rubber gloves, wrapping material, Magic Cushion, and a hoof pick with a brush. Then follow these easy steps, or watch a quick how-to video:

  • Clean your horse’s hoof dry with the pick and stiff brush.
  • Wearing rubber gloves, roll a handful of Magic Cushion into a ball and pack it into the frog and sole of the hoof to a depth of ½ inch. If the horse is shod, put the horse’s foot down in shavings and your job is done!
  • If your horse is barefoot, you’ll need to wrap the packing material to hold it in place. You also may want to wrap the outside of the bandage with a layer of duct tape to hold it more securely.

You’ll want to avoid the sensitive skin of the pastern when you apply the packing material. A shod hoof will maintain the packing material for up to 48 hours until it wears away; for longer lasting relief, wrap the hoof thoroughly, even with shoes. If desired, your farrier can pack Magic Cushion under shoe pads and leave it in place for an entire shoeing cycle. If you accidentally get sticky Magic Cushion somewhere you don’t want it, mineral oil is a helpful aid in removing it.

Hooflex® Magic Cushion® and Magic Cushion® Xtreme, which uses a higher concentration of ingredients, are both available at your local tack dealer or farm store.

*Thermo-imaging study conducted in September 2012

8 comments on “Treat Your Horse’s Sore Hooves With Magic Cushion”

  1. Kellsey says:

    I have a horse that has leather pads on the front feet how would I go with packing them with the product?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hi Kellsey, farriers love to use Magic Cushion under leather pads. It can be left for the entire shoeing cycle. We’d recommend finding just the right amount which depends on the horse’s hoof. Start with a golf ball-sized amount. Using too much will result in the product squirting out from under the pad. Apply the product in an even layer directly to a clean dry hoof sole. Then add the shoeing package, leather pad etc. over it.

  2. Jodi says:

    Even though it has been sealed, my Magic Cushion is dries up and unusable. Is there a way to remedy this?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hey Jodi, It depends on how dry it is. It should not be dry when using it as the liquids are important. Please contact us directly so we can help – 800-628-9653 or https://absorbine.com/contact-us/

  3. Rachael Handy says:

    The product doesn’t stay in The horses hoof without wrapping up like a poultice

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hi Rachael, wrapping the hoof is the most effective way to use it in cases where you want to extend the effect. Make sure whatever touches the product in the wrap is no absorbent – you don’t want the liquid soaking into the bandage). If you want to use it without wrapping and it is not sticking to the hoof, usually the issue we see is that the horse is either not shod (the horseshoe helps hold it in) or the sole of the hoof was not completely dry before applying the product. One other possibility is that too much was used causing it to “squirt out” but if the hoof was dry, not all of it would come off.

  4. Jenn says:

    Is there a product for removing dried magic cushion from bulbs and pastern?
    I’ve applied mineral oil and hoping that will soften it up enough to scrape off.

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hi Jenn, there is no specific product to remove it perfectly. You are doing the right thing with the mineral oil. Use mineral oil to soften and remove as much of the large chunks as you can. If you have Absorbine Veterinary Liniment, that can work to remove the rest. Thank you, Team Absorbine

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