Horseshoe manufacturer Kerckhaert recently announced the development of the Liberty Cu horseshoe nails, which have a unique coating: antimicrobial copper, which promises to be a completely new type of product designed at preventing infections. Copper stops bacteria from entering the hoof wall through the nail holes as the nails are driven into the hoof wall, said the Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Factory, reports Horse Talk.
“This way infections just cannot develop and hooves remain strong, sound and healthy. The antimicrobial action is ongoing, reducing the amount of bacteria entering the horse's hooves for the entire shoeing cycle,” the Dutch based company said.
The copper surface is designed to rapidly kill bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and molds as soon as they come in contact with it, Kerckhaert said.
“Every time a farrier drives a nail into the horse's hoof, this creates a potential pathway for bacteria to enter deep into the hoof wall. This can lead to the breakdown of horn material.”
The new nail is based on the company's Liberty nails, a standard European design that has a longer and thinner shank.
“The advantage of these nails is that you can drive the nails higher in the hoof wall without causing the hoof wall to crack, especially on thin-walled horses.”
Read more at Horse Talk.
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