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Hoof Care

Each season change brings its own set of challenges and opportunities. Here are the most important checkpoints to carefully consider this fall for care of your horse before the snow and ice arrive to make life harder. Hoof Care Fall is...
Trail riding is a fun opportunity to form a lasting bond with your horse while taking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The last thing you want to think about is what could go wrong, but even the...
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...
In Part One of this article, we look at the causes and symptoms of laminitis and founder. Here, we'll look at preventing and treating laminitis, and what to do in case of a laminitis emergency.If your horse is...
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...
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 are perfectly sound barefoot in their turnout environment,...
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...
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...
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