Often used as a softening agent, mildly antiseptic and will draw infection (not as effective as Ichthammol as a drawing agent). This characteristic means that pine tar is used in a number of different pharmaceutical and veterinary products for treating skin complaints. Pine Tar is often used with oakum as hoof packing. Many people use Pine Tar as one of the ingredients when making a home made hoof dressing. When using Pine Tar on the hoof the objective is typically to soften the hoof.