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lies the city of Venice, Italy. For centuries it has been a port through which exotic products such as silk, porcelain, spices, gems, wine and Venetian turpentine have been exported. “V enetian


turpentine?” you ask. Yes, the honey


colored, sticky substance you put on your horse’s hooves derives its name from Venice, Italy.


By Eleanor Blazer © 2014 On the Adriatic Sea


imbedded dirt. Follow with a brush to remove for the small particles left behind. Spray a solution of 50% bleach and 50% water on the sole to kill bacteria.


hoof touch the ground, apply the turpentine to the sole with a hoof applicator brush or old toothbrush. Many people will then apply a piece of heavy brown paper that is cut slightly bigger than the hoof directly to the sole. This keeps dirt from


Without letting the


a substantial barrier is built up. Venice turpentine


should not be applied to the frog, the bulbs of the hoof, to the coronet band or above it. The frog (the “v”


flexible and should not be hardened.


a counter-irritant. The bulbs also are


may use a blend of Venice turpentine, iodine, acetone or other ingredients.


products will also work toward hardening the sole.


shaped portion of the bottom of a horse’s hoof) is designed to be dynamic. It flexes as the hoof hits the ground - absorbing shock.


turpentine is made from the sap of the European larch tree (larix decidua), which is native to central Europe, the Alps, the Carpathians and Poland. It has also been successfully cultivated in northern regions of North America. Venice turpentine


is used on horses’ hooves to toughen the sole.


by too much moisture. Horses standing in mud or wet stalls are prone to this condition. Other causes are applying too much hoof conditioner, over soaking hooves (to treat another condition - such as an abscess) and wearing pads.


product the sole must be clean. Start by using a hoof


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Soft soles are caused


a barrier to protect against moisture.


It creates Venice or Venetian


sticking to the product, and will protect your mat or floor from getting too much of the sticky turpentine on it. The paper doesn’t stay on long, but will offer some protection. Continue to treat the


irritants create inflammation on the skin surface in an effort to draw healing properties to underlying muscles or joints. Avoid getting Venice turpentine on and above the sensitive coronet band because this will cause discomfort and needless pain to the horse. When shopping


Venice turpentine is Counter-


turpentine will toughen your horse’s soles - management is the key. Mud and excessive moisture will lead to long-term problems that no exotic import from Italia will cure.


ground upon which your horse is standing must be changed to create a healthier environment. Consult with your


soles daily until the horse is sound. Each application will add to the previous layer until


for pure Venice turpentine beware of imitation or artificial products. Look for products that state they are 100% Venice turpentine.


commercial products that


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