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Clay-based antibacterial hoof putty

Artimud fills shallow gaps in hooves and provides long-lasting protection against damaging microbial invasion. It contains naturally active healing agents that eliminate bacteria and fungi and promote the formation of healthy tissue.

Its thick, putty consistency makes it easy to apply and helps it stay firmly in place so the protective agents can work for longer.

Artimud is ideal for packing shallow white line crevices, frog clefts and external cracks. It is often used under stick-on shoes and pads to keep soles and frogs in healthy condition. For deeper, tighter cracks, try Hoof-Stuff .

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All of the ingredients in Artimud are natural and have been chosen either for their antimicrobial properties or to enhance the consistency of the putty.

green clay

Green French Clay

An antibacterial clay that gives the putty its unique consistency.


Bio-active honey

Raw honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties and makes the putty sticky and pliable.

zinc oxide

Zinc oxide

A powerful but gentle antibacterial agent that fights bacteria and fungi and promotes tissue regeneration.

eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil

A highly effective antifungal and antibacterial essential oil that helps to toughen weakened structures.

We have removed tea tree oil from the formula because it can cause allergic reactions in some horses. Tea tree oil can also reduce the activity of the beneficial bacteria on the hoof.



‘Tinker’ a welsh pony with PPID was suffering from recurring hoof abscesses. Poulticing, penicillin, peroxide, iodine and salt water had all been tried to improve the issue.

The holes were stuffed with Hoof-Stuff and Artimud and within days there was noticeable improvement and a considerable increase in his comfort levels. Artimud use was continued on his thin soles to help protect them against further infection. This enabled him to have more comfortable, trouble free hooves for the last few months of his life.

“I would strongly recommend your products to anyone. I wish I had discovered them sooner.”


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‘Spice’ a 21 year old, cushings, insulin resistant cob, had a large portion of her hoof crumble away due to seedy toe – despite being shod.

Artimud was applied deep into the large cavity at the front of her toe after the area had been thoroughly cleaned.

Infection was prevented from returning and the Artimud kept the cavity clean. The hoof wall gradually grew down and remained mechanically strong.

Within 6 months the gap had nearly completely disappeared with no sign of infection returning. “my farrier is really pleased with the results!”

HBR Rancher

This horse had a severe white line separation causing a wall crack extending up the hoof.

The farrier advised the use of Artimud, within a few months the cavity had grown out and the wall crack disappeared.

“I use your products on my problem horses religiously!! I have clients now that are ordering Artimud & Hoof Stuff straight from you. Everyone has been totally satisfied. “

With thanks to: Mary Moreau
HBR Hoof Care
PHCP Student Practitioner


Should I use Hoof-Stuff or Artimud?

Hoof Stuff is generally used where the crevice is deeper and able to retain a fabric based pack. As a general rule deep & narrow = Hoof Stuff, shallow & wide = Artimud.

As a test see if damp cotton wool will pack into the crack, if it will Hoof Stuff will probably work best, if not opt for Artimud.

Should I flush the crevice before packing it?

Ideally the first time at least. Allow it to dry well before Artimud application as this will help the product stick better.

What should I flush it out with?

We recommend flushing with Sole Cleanse but anything ‘gentle’ will suffice e.g. salt water, dilute vinegar etc. Avoid flushing with iodine, peroxide, bleaches etc. as these may damage otherwise healthy tissues.

Do you have to remove Artimud and clean crevices daily or does product stay in for certain time?

The length of time the Artimud stays in for varies dependent on specific conditions. Generally if the Artimud is staying well in the crevice then replacement is not necessary. People usually find they have to replace it every few days.

Should I flush the crevice every time I replace the packing?

Once the crevice has been flushed it will not be necessary to clean it out again if it does not get dirt in it (i.e. if the Artimud is staying in place). Artimud will stick better in a dry crevice.

Can I use Artimud in an abscess cavity?

Ensure the abscess has finished draining before packing and initially remove the Artimud twice a day to ensure no fluid is building up behind it.

Can I use Artimud under shoes or pads?

Yes, this is a common usage of it to ensure that feet stay in good condition when covered.

Do I need to protect my hands when using Artimud?

Unless you are allergic to eucalyptus oil or want to keep your hands clean then no.

Remove any debris from the area to be packed and dry thoroughly. Artimud can be smoothed, rolled, squashed, spread and moulded. Push the putty into the crack and smooth off. Talc or tissue can be applied to prevent sticking. Artimud is also ideal for packing on the foot and either side of the frog prior to application of impression material, pads and stick-on shoes.


“I love your products because they actually work! I use your Hoof Stuff and Artimud…
Artimud is just excellent at helping protect white lines and frogs. It’s definitely resulted in less white line degredation and abscesses in my horses and its so easy to apply. Thank you!!”
Clare MacLeod MSc Rnutr, Independent Equine Nutritionist

“I only sell your products to my clients! It has never failed me and it usually works quickly so the client gets encouraged and continues to use it! I love your products!!!”
Susan Walker APF-1, Equine Podiatrist, USA

“I also use Artimud under pads …it creates a healthy environment and the feet look fantastic at the end of the shoeing cycle”
Matt Staples DWCF LSHMC CNBBT CNBF CFGP CLS CE Director and certified member of the equine lameness prevention organisation, UK Farrier

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your fantastic products! My horse had trouble with hoof wall separation on his toes, which created cracks and pockets where bacteria could get in. My barefoot trimmer had to remove a pie shaped piece of the hoof at the toe, bilaterally, to open up the cracks and try to keep them clean. My horse looked like a moose for a while! I tried
soaking his hooves but it was time consuming and the cleaner was pretty strong. A friend recommended Artimud. It was the perfect product as the “mud” would fill the space and stay put in the deepest spot even after a few days. It would protect the crack and prevent bacteria from getting in. His hooves have now grown back, the cracks are completely gone and the hoof wall
looks nice and tight! During wet spring weather I also packed some Artimud in the space along the white line which helped prevent them getting smelly and black! My barefoot trimmer was so impressed with the product, she bought some too! Thanks again!!”
Linda Long, Maine USA

“Bought the Artimud when my horse had an abscess. Best thing ever, was able to still turn him out in a muddy field . Dressing and bandage perished but Artimud stayed in the hole and kept it clean!!”
Nicky Cole

“Incredible products. I used Hoof-Stuff and Artimud to help chronic infection in my horse’s frogs and central sulcus. After a year of trying every product on the market they closed it up after a few weeks.”
Trudie Evans

“Artimud is a fantastic tool for plugging any holes in the white line,  toe, and other cavities. I seem to use it on everything!”
Tim Mockford DAEP MIAEP AEP Licensed Instructor, Equine Podiatrist

“My horse is prone to hoof odour and white line degradation. For peace of mind I ensure I have Arti Mud and Hoof-Stuff to keep these problems under control.”
Jan W.

“Have used this product successfully for the last 4 years on all five of my horses as required. It is and excellent product that helps heal cracks that are too small to plug, especially effective on surface cracks, preventing them spreading between farrier visits.”
Christine Hopkins

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