”Winter may be time to rehabilitate horse hoofs from the effects of metal shoes and hoof boots can be a useful, practical and no-nonsense tool.”
”Some horse professionals and owners think of horseshoes as a necessary evil brought on by circumstances that limit the horse's natural exercise and other factors involved in the domestication of horses; others disagree, some vehemently.”
If we use our common sense (horse sense) we will see when horses need to be shod and when they only need to be trimmed. Every horse has different needs.
Hoof abscesses are common, especially in the spring, but once they open and drain, the horse will recover quickly. Be aware of abscess signs and potential foot problems and seek professional advice from your veterinarian and farrier.
Each crack in a horse's hoof is individual and the results or repairing and stabilizing the hoof crack depend upon the type, location and treatment.
No horse is perfect, but some horses have legs that require extra care due to an angular deformity. This article discusses the best practices for the farrier taking care of the crooked legged horse.
Hoof quality may relate more the the hoof's ability to regulate the moisture content than anything else. Our expert farrier, Doug Butler, gives you the facts on maintainig horse hoof quality through moisture management.
Equine health author Miriam Rieck shares some of her hoof-care knowledge developed through experiences with her favorite horse, Nan. Includes great ideas that can help you with your horse.
Dogs love eating horse hoof trimmings. Many horse owners grab fresh hoof trimmings and offer them as treats for their dogs. Is this practice safe? If you do offer hoof trimmings for your dogs enjoyment, you should read this article to learn how to avoid potential illness in your dog.
Club feet result from genetic and environmental conditions. When noticed and treated early, the farrier or veterinarian can greatly improve the prospect of normal hoof development.