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Horse 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 horse hoof care.

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...
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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