Today’s Horse Facts: Horse Hoof Care

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Are you fortunate to have your own horse? Do you take proper care of your horse’s feet? One of the best things to do for your horse is to “pick” his/her feet. What does it mean to pick a horse’s feet? Let’s find out.

“Picking” a horse’s feet means to clean out all the dirt and manure packed in the bottom of the hoof, especially around the frog. Here are some more tips to proper hoof care of your horse:

  1. Before each ride, remove any stones or small objects lodged in his/her feet before you add your weight to the situation, and check on the condition of his/her shoes (if you have shoes on your horse).
  2. After you untack your horse, recheck to make sure nothing has gotten stuck in his/her feet during the ride.
  3. Each time you clean your horse’s hooves, take an extra couple of minutes after you’ve pried out any packed debris to gently clear the crevice of the frog (a part of a horse’s hoof, located on the underside, which should touch the ground if the horse is standing on soft footing), and scrape any remaining bits of matter off the sole with the tip of the pick. You want to be able to see the sole’s entire surface, so finish the job with a stiff brush. Some hoof picks come with a brush attached, or you can buy a brush separately and inexpensively.horse shoe
  4. When picking your horse’s feet, check for signs of Thrush. The first clue to this bacterial condition (usually caused by standing in manure, mud, or other wet, filthy conditions for a long time) is a foul smell and dark ooze from the cleft of the frog. Later, the frog becomes cheesy in texture. Although thrush can eventually cause lameness and significant hoof damage, its early stage is simple to treat. Use an over-the-counter remedy recommended by your farrier or veterinarian, follow directions carefully, and make sure your horse’s stall is clean and dry. Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent inexpensive fix to Thrush.

 

So there you have some key points to help you keep your horse’s feet healthy and happy. Don’t neglect that part of your horse’s health. A clean stall and clean hooves will guarantee a happy horse, who will thank you with a nice ride smooth ride through the woods.

 

For more information on how to take proper care of your horse’s feet, check out these sites!

http://www.equisearch.com/horses_care/health/hoof_care/eqhooftips837/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frog_(horse)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

Have you read this book yet?

Book 7. Keystone Stables

 

Whispering Hope

 ‘A wild horse and an angry young woman. Is there a secret to taming them both? Wanda Stallord is a wild, nasty handful when she first comes to Keystone Stables, and Skye is put off by the teenager’s grungy clothes and thirst for trouble. The former gang member is a lot like Keystone’s other recent arrival, a beautiful but uncontrollable Mustang called Rebel. Skye wants to help Wanda, but she seems interested only in shooting pool and handing out insults. But as she practices the gentle art of horse whispering with Rebel, Skye discovers a key that just might open up for Wanda’s fearful, lonely heart to the healing power of God’s love.’

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