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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 the equine feet.

Happy Feet: Helping Your Horse Have Healthy Hooves

We’ve all experienced the disappointment of preparing for a ride or a show only to find out that your horse…

4 weeks ago

Funky Feet: 5 Serious Hoof Conditions

The hooves of horses are a remarkable thing. Strong and tough, yet also delicate, their health affects your entire horse’s…

2 months ago

Building Your Horse Care Dream Team

Building your horse care dream team is a huge step. You’ve welcomed a new horse into your family, or decided…

6 months ago

Spring Conditioning: Get Your Horse Fit

There are many reasons for a horse to have some time off, such as resting up after a strenuous competition…

7 months ago

Don’t Obsess Over a Hoof Abscess

Many horse owners have had the following experience: you put your perfectly healthy horse up for the night and the…

1 year ago

How to Pick Hooves

The foot is the foundation of a healthy horse, so it’s important to know how to safely pick out a…

1 year ago

Fall Wellness Countdown for Your Horse’s Care

Each season change brings its own set of challenges and opportunities. Here are the most important checkpoints to carefully consider…

1 year ago

Emergency Response: Dealing with Trail Riding Emergencies

Trail riding is a fun opportunity to form a lasting bond with your horse while taking in the beauty of…

2 years ago

September SmartPak SmartTip of the Month: Keep Your Horse’s Hooves Healthy

Keeping your horse's hooves health and strong during all times of year is key to ensuring preparedness for any challenge.

2 years ago

Evolution of the Hoof

The earliest horses were tiny woodland creatures, the size of a housecat or small dog. They had a springy back…

2 years ago