Horse Hoof & Foot Care - hdr

Do You Know Enough About Your Horses Feet?

Your horses feet perform several very important functions

These include supporting your horses weight, absorbing shock, resisting wear, providing traction, pumping blood and conducting moisture.

They are the main source of lameness in your horse and should always be checked first whenever your horse pulls up lame.

For instance, do you know that your horses’ hoof quality is directly related to its moisture content, which can vary in different parts of the hoof.

And that your horses’ hoof wall is approximately 25% water, the sole 33% water and the frog 50%.

That extremely dry hoof walls (less than 20% moisture) or extremely wet hoof walls (greater than 30% moisture) are weaker and more susceptible to failure.

If you own a horse and you don’t understand how really important your horses’ feet are, you really need to read through our horse hoof section :

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  • Your Horse’s Hoof
    Covering environmental effects on your horses hoof, as well as nutrition, trimming, shoeing and how to spot lameness
  • What is Lameness
    A lame horse hurts somewhere and it’s up to you, the owner, to find out what’s causing that pain and to see that your horse receives the proper treatment to cure the problem.
  • 30 Hoof Facts
    Make sure you know all you can about them and how to take care of them.
  • What is Navicular
    If you’ve been around horses for any length of time, you probably know of a horse who has been diagnosed with navicular disease. Here are the causes, diagnosis and treatment
  • Equine Podiatry
    More about Navicular from an article by KC La Pierre, RJF, PhD the Co-Founder of the Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry
  • Your Farrier
    A little about local farriers and blacksmiths and your Horses feet
  • Farrier Training
    One of the most important aspects of horse care is looking after your horses feet, training your horse to stand for the farrier will ensure your horse gets the best treatment.