Field Paste is an anti-thrush paste for horses which are mainly field kept. It has a clay like consistency in order to offer greater ‘staying power’ as it remains in contact with the affected areas longer than other thrush treatments.
This is designed to stay in the collateral grooves, central sulcus and sole for longer periods of time and continue having an effect against microbes. At the same time it helps prevent mud, faeces and other contaminants coming in contact with the hoof.
This was originally made for brood stock that very rarely had their feet picked out. It has a slightly lower concentration of antimicrobial substances in it than Sole Paint but has a longer residual effect.
Too thick to be painted on, Field Paste should be applied with a gloved hand.
Field Paste contains:
- Green french clay– an antibacterial clay which gives the paste the perfect consistency.
- Bio-active honey– for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities and ability to make the putty sticky.
- Zinc oxide– a powerful, yet harmless antibacterial powder.
- Eucalyptus oil –as well as being an effective anti-fungal and antibacterial, this essential oil assists in the toughening of weakened structures.
- Zinc Sulphate– a powerful anti-fungal which is also used in feed supplements.
All the ingredients in Field Paste are there to either have an antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic effect or to improve the consistency and hence the longevity of its effect.
Generally Field Paste is used for field kept horses whereas for stabled horses Sole Paint often performs better.
Field Paste has a longer lasting effect than Sole Paint but can cause bedding to become stuck to the foot. Sole Paint is easier to apply (with a brush) than Field Paste but is removed by mud etc. more easily.
- White line health (where white line is actually degraded look at Artimud or Hoof Stuff instead
- Hoof hardening
- General sole and frog health.
Using Field Paste is very simple:
Smear onto a clean (ideally dry and wire-brushed) sole and frog after picking out, paying special attention to colateral grooves and other cracks. Ideally prior to exposure to muddy fields.
For use in stabled horses smear on thinly to prevent clogging the feet with bedding. Or use Sole Paint instead!
Replace once the smell of the essential oils subsides or there is no sign of the paste still on the feet. Once problems subside apply weekly as a preventative in muddy conditions or longer in dry conditions.
Should I be using Field Paste, Sole Paint or Sole Cleanse to keep my horses soles and frogs in optimum condition?
For mild issues regular use of Sole Cleanse is advised, once problems are cleared up this is easy to apply and inexpensive to use as a preventative. For more severe cases or where regular use is not possible use Field Paste in turned out horses and Sole Paintin stabled horses or in drier weather outside.
Sole Cleanse, Sole Paint or Field Paste?
Have a look at the table below to establish which is the best of the 3 products for your situation.
|Sole Cleanse||Sole Paint||Field Paste|
|Ease of application||Spray on||Paint on||Hands|
|Cost / application||Lowest||Low||Medium|
|Frog growth effect||Low||Medium||High|
|Using on stabled horses||Good||Ideal||Not ideal|
|Using on field kept horses||Good||Not ideal||Ideal|
|Use for flushing cavities||Yes||No||No|
|Cost per 500ml||£9.00||£16.00||£16.00|