The type of dressing you use should take into account the environmental conditions. In dry conditions, something like Hooflex or LifeData (my personal choice) works well to seal in moisture of the natural hoof. In wet soggy conditions, the Keratex products are the order of the day. There are two, a Hoof Hardener and a hoof Gel which is more frequently applied to help keep moisture OUT. I vary what I use in South Florida by the time of year – Keratex in the summers, Lifedata in the dry season (winters). While the Hoof Gel does build up to help the hoof shed water, they are not the high gloss of some of the show products. A google search will give you results on where to get both products I use.