If someone were to say to me “What is one product you could not live without in your grooming kit?” I would not even hesitate before replying, “Corona Ointment!” If you aren’t familiar with this product, I’m going to introduce it to you, because it is one of those products that can be used safely for a wide variety of ailments in your horse.
Corona Ointment is a multi-purpose ointment which is effective in healing minor cuts and scratches, locking in moisture, easing sunburn and chapping, etc.
It is a lanolin-based product. Lanolin is great for hair, skin and hooves and is gentle on wounds, which makes it an effective, pain-free option for cuts and scrapes. Although Corona does actually make a hoof ointment which is very high in lanolin-content to lock moisture in hooves, the regular multi-purpose ointment is also a great product to massage into dry or brittle hooves.
GQ, my horse, has typical Thoroughbred feet. If you aren’t familiar with TB feet, here is the short explanation: They are HORRID. TB’s tend to have thin hoof walls which makes holding shoes an adventure and predisposes them to a variety of foot issues. GQ has to go barefoot in the summer because with the flies he will stomp his shoes off within a day. When he has bare feet, however, they get very dry and short. At least once a week, 2 or 3 times if possible, I clean his feet off with a stiff brush and moderately damp towel then I massage Corona into the hoof wall, onto the heels and around the coronet band to lock in moisture and keep his feet from drying and cracking. I am convinced that the Corona Ointment is the only reason I have not had some major lameness issues from cracks that could have occurred due to his hooves drying out.
My other personal accolade for Corona Ointment comes from last summer. GQ is quite low on the totem pole in any herd situation. He was bullied by some other horses and ended up need some stitches over his eye and some TLC for a number of scrapes and cuts. I used corona on the assortment of cuts he had and he healed very quickly and doesn’t have one single scar from the ordeal.
Now, the only con to Corona is that, being an ointment, it will run a little in hot weather and it will attract dirt and debris to it so it needs to be reapplied more often than some other products. That being said, it is worth the extra effort for the outcome you will see!
So go out and stock up on Corona and you will be prepared for wide variety of issues your horse may face!