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Horse Hoof Care

Hoof care includes farriery, picking out the hooves, and dealing with problems with a farrier and veterinarian. Articles include topics such as evolution of the equine foot, dealing with issues (such as laminitis, thrush, abscesses, etc.), using boots for protection, using products such as oil and hardener, dealing with mud, tips from farriers and veterinarians on foot care, dealing with sore feet, helping your horse deal with the farrier, behavior involving the feet, barefoot vs. shod, natural hoof care, vocabulary of farriers, shoeing solutions, care during winter, spring, summer, and fall, and more. If you want to keep your equine partner's feet in good health, then check out the archives of Horse Illustrated for answers to all of your pressing questions involving horse hoof care.

Many horse owners have had the following experience: you put your perfectly healthy horse up for the night and the next morning, he walks out of the stall three-legged lame. A nightmare scenario, right? Whoa, there. It may not...
Post-workout leg care can be as hot-button a topic as blanketing among horse owners. Some riders cold hose, wrap, and/or poultice their horse’s legs, while others simply leave their horses alone. But is there a “right” way to care...
Plenty has been written about the prevention, causes, and treatment of founder, but less information is available on whether or not afflicted horses will “successfully” recover. The answer, despite the availability of clinical exams to guide prognosis, is not...
Information about laminitis in horses advances all the time, but the reality of this crippling and life-threatening disease remains the same: Living in pain with deformed hooves cripples the laminitic horse while stress, worry and bills cripple the owners.Don’t...
Some horses can go barefoot even while being ridden regularly, while others depend on shoes to stay sound under a heavy workload or in challenging terrain. There are also horses who are barefoot much of the time, and only...
As many owners will testify, horses can find the strangest ways to get hurt. Sometimes those injuries involve a foreign object that creates a puncture wound. Whether it’s running into a fence or structure, being struck by flying debris...
It’s summer. Just listen: tractors, songbirds, bullfrogs, and a chorus of earth-shaking hoof stomps are the sounds of summer around a farm. If there’s one sound we all recognize, it is that repetitive thud … thud … thud of...
There’s no denying some horses have lucked out in the genetic lottery with indestructible feet. But if your horse isn’t one of these and struggles to grow a good hoof in spite of regular trims, a good exercise program...
We all love to see our horse enjoying a graze on delicious spring grass. But that pasture your horse eats with such gusto is not as benign as you might think—particularly for horses with metabolic disorders or genetic predispositions,...
Early on in her training, the mare was labeled as a hot off-track Thoroughbred, but was that really her M.O.? Underneath the young mare’s frightening antics was a kind, gentle soul. Through exams, lameness evaluations and radiographs, vets at...
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