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Hoof Care

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...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet.Q: What are the pros and cons of packing your horse’s feet and what do you recommend packing them with?This question was answered by SmartPak’s...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet. Q: How can you tell if your farrier is doing a good job?A: This question was answered by SmartPak’s Hoof Health Consultant Danvers Child, CJF...
 In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet.Q: With this time of year comes lots of mud and generally wet weather. What is the best way to prevent thrush, scratches and other...

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...
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