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Hoof care

Keeping your horse's hooves health and strong during all times of year is key to ensuring preparedness for any challenge.
The earliest horses were tiny woodland creatures, the size of a housecat or small dog. They had a springy back and (usually) four toes in the front and three toes in the back. Over millions of years, as the...
Horse in a wash rack waiting for the vet

Treating Laminitis

If your horse is showing signs of developing laminitis, your vet and farrier can help you come up with a management plan to reduce the risk of founder. Sudden-onset laminitis is a serious emergency that needs to be...
Pony with a cresty neck

Laminitis Emergency

Laminitis is a breakdown in the interior supportive structures of the horse's hoof. One of the most common causes of laminitis is over-consumption of high-sugar feeds or spring grass, but there are many potential causes. Founder is a...
This article was originally posted on November 3, 2015. More and more horse owners are interested in keeping their horses barefoot. But even horses with healthy bare feet need protection under certain circumstances. That’s where hoof boots come in. "Many horses...
Picking out a horse's hoof

Stomp Out Thrush

Everyone’s heard of thrush in a hoof, but not everyone has seen it. More likely, they would smell it first. The unpleasant smell of a thrush-infected hoof can send you reeling in the middle of a grooming session. Opening an...
Thumbs up Supporting resilient hooves Every rider has the heard the saying “no hoof, no horse,” but not every rider knows the four key factors that can impact their horse’s hoof health. Visit SmartPak.com/HoofHealth to find out what they are and...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet.   Q: What is the difference between hoof hardener and hoof oil? Depending on what climate you live in and what season it is (dry or...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet. Q: What are the pros and cons of packing your horse’s feet and what do you recommend packing them with? This question was answered by SmartPak’s...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet.   Q: How can you tell if your farrier is doing a good job? A: This question was answered by SmartPak’s Hoof Health Consultant Danvers Child, CJF...
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