Tips on horse hoof care

ANGELA .W. WANDERA By ANGELA .W. WANDERA, 26th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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You should make it a habit to pick your Horse's hooves after every ride if possible, but you can still clean it at least once a week if cleaning the hooves everyday is difficult for you. The Horse's hooves should be kept dry at all times to prevent Thrush which thrives in moist conditions.

Tips on horse hoof care

Horse Hoof care is very important for all Horse owners to consider if they want their Horse's to be in perfect shape. The hooves of a Horse step on anything and everything that is along the path they walk and if not taken care of a Horse' hooves can get infected or inflamed with time.

That is why it is important for all Horse owners to take good care of the Horse's hooves. The following tips will show you how to look after your Horse's hooves.

The Horse's hooves should be cleaned by removing mud, stones, manure and any other debris lodged in the soles of the hooves. When the hooves are not cleaned then the Horse is bound to experience ailments such as Thrush among other infections.

Those small stones that get lodged in the hooves if not removed can cause bruising. The picking of mud or snow will help the Horse walk properly without feeling uncomfortable. Cleaning the Horse's hooves will also help you to see any other injuries such as a puncture wound which can be caused by sharp objects such as nails.

You should make it a habit to pick your Horse's hooves after every ride if possible, but you can still clean it at least once a week if cleaning the hooves everyday is difficult for you. The Horse's hooves should be kept dry at all times to prevent Thrush which thrives in moist conditions.

The stable should be dry and have a proper drainage system. The paddock should also have a good drainage system to minimize the time your Horse spends standing in water and mud. When your Horse's hooves are constantly wet then they will start to dry rapidly and as a result cause chipping and cracking which will promote an introduction of infections.

When you apply a hoof dressing you wil improve the moisture content and help with prevention of cracking. You should massage the hoof dressing on all parts of the hooves which includes the hoof wall, the frog, the heel and coronet which will also stimulate new growth of the hooves.

Trimming your Horse's hooves every 6-48 weeks should be done regularly by a professional Farrier. The Farrier should be experienced and reliable too,You should ask other Horse owners in your area for a recommendation of a Farrier. You should always book a Farrier in advance so that your Horse is regularly worked upon.

Sometimes you Horse may need Horse shoes or boots to protect their hooves especially if they are subjected to lots of riding or they work on hard terrain. When the hooves are not protected from such conditions, the protective wear covering their hooves will start to thin and the hooves will become more sensitive which can cause lameness.

You should ask your Farrier if your Horse needs a shod( protective hoof wear). Whether the Horse uses a shod or not trimming and shaping of the hooves should be done regularly.

When the hooves of the Horse are not trimmed the will grow too long and cause hoof splitting, cracking, chipping and lameness. When the hooves of a Horse are long they will put the Horse's legs to be out of balance which means the Horse will experience difficulty in walking.

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Care, Cracking, Hoof, Hooves, Horse, Infections, Inflammation, Splitting, Thrush

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