Regular grooming is good for your horse's hair coat, and regular hoof care is good for his feet.
Keeping track of hoof health and growth helps prevent problems and also alerts you when the farrier needs to see the horse before the next scheduled visit.
Most horses can get by without wearing shoes. This article discusses five scenarios when a horse will be more comfortable and better performing when wearing shoes.
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.
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.