A Guide To Horse Hoof Care
By Jonathon Inglis
“No hoof, no horse” isn’t just an old proverb; it is estimated that as much as 70% of lameness is caused by hoof-related problems1. However many people neglect the importance of proper horse hoof care, allowing problems such as thrush, canker, abscesses, cracks and laminitis to develop and worsen. A report from the US Department of Agriculture found that 5.5% of farms did not trim their horses’ hooves at all, and 26.3% said that none of their horses were shod.2 The problems caused by this neglect could result in thousands of pounds in farrier bills, lameness and even death. Understanding the hoof, the problems that can occur and proper care for hooves will considerably reduce the risk of lameness, and help to avoid the conditions which might cause your horse serious pain and distress.