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Hoof care

Patient Hoof Picking

Q: Sometimes when I’m picking out my horse’s hooves, he tries to put his foot down. If I hold it tightly, he tries to jerk it away. How can I make picking out feet easier? A: Training your horse...

Treating Thrush

Q: My horse has had thrush for about five weeks. I’ve been keeping him in a dry pasture, but he isn’t getting any better. How should I treat it? A: Thrush is a common hoof problem in horses and stems...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions.   Q: I have a 12-year-old Appaloosa whose feet have been very tender for 5 to 7 days after a trim. This is the first year we kept...
  In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet. Got a question for Dr. Gray? Send it to hc-editor@i5publishing.com and use subject line "Ask the Vet." Q: I have 24-year-old gelding who is...
  Q: My farrier was out the other day, and as he nailed on one of my horse’s new shoes, my horse flinched and pulled back suddenly, which is totally unlike him. Everything seemed OK until a couple days later...
Is the mud to blame for your horse's lost shoe, or are their other factors at play? To many horse owners, it seems that horses lose shoes more frequently when their pastures and paddocks are muddy, or when the weather...
Q: I pull my horse’s shoes when he’s not in hard work and in the winter. However, his feet seem sore even after a few weeks of going barefoot. He mostly lives on pasture turnout unless the weather is...
Whether your horse is blessed with fantastic feet or you are all too familiar with the hoof blues, regular attention to hoof care pays off in spades. A sound and healthy horse starts from the bottom up. Everyday Hoof Care One...
With so many horses going barefoot, hoof boots are becoming more popular than ever. Barefoot horses sometimes need protection on their feet, such as on long distance rides or on rocky terrain, and hoof boots are the best way...
Your horse is lame, but with no obvious signs of injury to the leg, so you call your farrier in to look him over. The farrier asks you on the phone when you make the appointment whether the lameness...
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