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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.

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…

2 months 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.

11 months 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…

1 year ago

Treating Laminitis

In Part One of this article, we look at the causes and symptoms of laminitis and founder. Here, we'll look…

1 year ago

Laminitis Emergency

Laminitis is a breakdown in the interior supportive structures of the horse's hoof. One of the most common causes of…

1 year ago

An Intro to Hoof Boots

More and more horse owners are interested in keeping their horses barefoot. But even horses with healthy bare feet need…

1 year ago

Stomp Out Thrush

Everyone’s heard of thrush in a hoof, but not everyone has seen it. More likely, they would smell it first.…

1 year ago

July 2018 SmartTip of the Month presented by SmartPak: Hoof Care

Thumbs up Supporting resilient hooves Every rider has the heard the saying “no hoof, no horse,” but not every rider…

2 years ago

Ask the Vet: Hoof Oil and Hoof Hardener

In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet.   Q: What is the…

3 years ago