Horse Hoof Care Tips

One of the most essential responsibilities of horse owners is to learn about the fundamentals of horse hoof care. You cannot simply wait around for your horse to ask you to clean and take care of his feet. You have to take the time to understand the best ways to keep your horse’s hooves in excellent condition.

Unfortunately, a surprising number of horses are put back in the paddock or stable without their hooves being checked at all. Several inexperienced horse owners mistakenly believe that cleaning the hooves is the responsibility of the farrier. However, it is just not enough to call the farrier to shoe your horse.

Keeping Your Horse’s Hooves Healthy

Horse Hoof CareThe first step to proper horse hoof care is taking the time to clean your horse’s hooves. Remove any debris, muck, pebbles or any other objects that may have become lodged in the hoof.

It will only take you a few minutes each day to clean your horse’s hooves using a hoof pick. This will ensure your horse’s hoof health and comfort. In addition, cleaning the hooves on a regular basis will give you the opportunity to check for any possible injuries.

When you remove mud and other caked on matter from your horse’s hoof, he is able to walk comfortably. Clean horse hooves are less susceptible to stone bruises, unchecked cuts and thrush infections.

Even the smallest of pebbles can become trapped in the grooves of the frog, causing great discomfort for the horse. If left unchecked, this may lead to painful bruising which will cause the horse to develop a limp.

If at all possible, you need to clean your horse’s hooves at least once or twice each day. Before you take your horse out for a ride, you need to check and clean the hooves. Once you are through with the ride, you need to check and clean the horse’s hooves again before putting him back in the paddock or stable. If you are not able to practice proper horse hoof care every day for some reason, then you need to make sure that the hooves are cleaned and inspected twice a week at the very least to ensure good health.

It is important to make sure that the paddock area is drained well and that the stable floor is kept dry and clean. Standing in wet muck or on damp flooring for an extended amount of time can damage your horse’s feet. A constant damp environment may lead to chips and cracks in the horse’s hooves. Caring for your horses hooves is a part of horse care that you need to be familiar with and implement regularly, we hope these tips help!

Comments

  1. HI,

    Yes I do believe it is very important to get the proper horse hoof and maintain it as it would cause the horse alot of pain if it is not done properly. Which would later lead to infection. Thanks for providing me more information about horses cant wait for your next post!

    Wilson

  2. Thank you for the detailed information for hoof care. It is a regular part of horse grooming that is very imporatnt to the wellbeing of the horse.

  3. Reading your post on horse hoof care brings back happy memories of horse riding as a child. I can almost smell the hoof oil that I use to put on – loved that smell :)

  4. Hi Sharika,
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