Poll: Common Hoof Problems

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What common hoof problems has your horse had? (Check all that apply.)
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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 really bad, and is in good health and weight. The ground hasn’t frozen for the winter yet, so it’s only firm in certain places, although when we have to cross gravel he is even more sensitive. Is this normal and OK? Or should I keep shoes on him year-round even when he’s not being ridden?

A: When a horse has been in shoes for a while, at least part of the year, he is used to having protection for his soles. When you pull his shoes off, it is not unexpected to see some initial tender-footedness. For some horses, this could take even several months to abate. It is important for your farrier to trim for the barefoot horse and not take as much off as he might if the horse were going to be shod.

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Further Reading on Common Hoof Problems

Don’t Obsess Over a Hoof Abscess
Stomp Out Thrush
Ask the Vet: Sore Hooves after a Trim
Treating Laminitis
Ask the Vet: Cushing’s Disease and Cracked Hooves
Video: White Line Disease
Video: Thrush in the Equine Hoof
Video: Under Run Heels