6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Horse’s Hooves Healthy

6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Horse’s Hooves Healthy

If you have a horse, you know how crucial it is to keep Silver’s hooves healthy. Even small hoof injuries can snowball into serious issues, rendering your horse lame. Here, a Teller County, CO veterinarian discusses keeping your horse’s hooves in good condition.

Picking

First things first: you’ll need to clean Silver’s hooves daily. This should be done before and after each ride, before you put your four-legged buddy into his stall for the night, and before and after turnout.

Inspections

As you are picking out Silver’s hooves every day, watch for minor changes. Otherwise, you could miss a problem that is developing right before your eyes. Every horse is a bit different. Get to know your horse’s feet, and look for anything that is out of the ordinary. This could be a change in color or temperature, texture, or firmness; scaling; tenderness; or foul odor. If your horses is shod, make sure the nails aren’t sticking out from the hoof, and that the shoe hasn’t moved or shifted.

Farrier Care

A good farrier can be worth their weight in gold. Have your horse’s feet trimmed regularly. The average is every 6 to 8 weeks, though some horses may need more frequent pedicures. It’s also a good idea to learn how to remove a shoe. This can come in very handy in an emergency!

Monitor Ground Conditions

We can’t state enough how important it is for horses to stay on clean, dry ground. Standing in wet or dirty conditions can lead to a variety of hoof problems. Damp and/or dirty conditions provide a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria to thrive! Clean Silver’s stall or shelter daily. Also, try to avoid turning him out in deep mud.

Diet

A good diet will play a huge role in your horse’s overall hoof health. If you notice cracking, flaking, peeling, or other issues, consult your vet. You may be advised to add biotin supplements to Silver’s diet.

Exercise

Although you don’t want to turn your horse out in a muddy paddock, it isn’t good for him to stand in his stall all the time, either. Make sure your equine buddy is getting the right amount of both turnout and exercise.

Please contact us, your Teller County, CO vet clinic, for all your horse’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!

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