Hoof Health Dos and Don’ts
/ September 19th, 2013 / There are currently 0 comments
- DO find a good farrier. A good farrier will help with anything from keeping hooves trimmed to tailoring shoes for the environment and work your horse is doing.
- DON’T leave hoof care solely to your farrier. There is more to a healthy hoof than shoes.
- DO pick your horse’s hooves out every day. Gently remove any debris, especially around the frog.
- DO establish what is normal for your horse. Learn the texture, colour and even temperature of your horse’s hooves so you can easily identify any changes.
- DO learn how to remove a shoe. Ask your farrier to teach you how to do this. Removing a sprung or shifted shoe can save unnecessary discomfort and hoof damage.
- DON’T turn out into deep, muddy footing. This can encourage thrush, plus mud is hard on shoes.
- DO clean out the stable daily. A clean, dry stable is vital for good hoof health.
- DON’T forget to support hoof health from the inside. Find a supplement with zinc or biotin to boost hoof health.