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Hoof Care

 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 arthritic...
 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...
To many horse owners, it seems that horses lose shoes more frequently when their pastures and paddocks are muddy, or when the weather alternates between very dry to very wet. But is there really one season in which it’s...
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...
It’s mud, mud everywhere this time of year. While horse owners welcome with open arms the warmth of spring after a long winter, the oscillating temperatures and crazy mix of precipitation can make the most stoic of us wish...
If you are considering pulling your horse’s shoes and trying the barefoot approach, it’s important to educate yourself on this method of horse-keeping. Your farrier, and your horse’s daily care and diet, will likely change.The idea of keeping a...

Solve Hoof Health Problems

Some horses are blessed with good, strong feet. While their owners can thank their lucky stars, others have horses with less-than-stellar hooves and know the problems that can bring. What steps can you take to get the best hooves...
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