Horseshoes and Hoof Care Tips
and Hoof Care Tips
are used to protect the horse’s feet-it’s a simple notion that requires
a serious approach. Steel and aluminum are generally used for horseshoes,
and most shoes have an underneath groove to provide a better grip
and make them lighter in weight.
you know that the front shoes are circular and the back shoes
are a diamond shape?
most important factors for horseshoes are trimming the foot and
fitting the shoe.
can personally evaluate four important aspects of shoeing: balance,
shape, support, and expansion. This evaluation should be done
within a week or two after the shoeing job-all you need is a pencil
and level ground for your horse to stand on.
might choose to remove your horse’s shoes during the winter if you
don’t ride as frequently as in other seasons. What is winter like
in your area? If your horse needs to remain shod because of snow
and ice and being ridden all winter, adding pads under the shoes
helps prevent sole bruises. Also, a shoe with added traction provides
additional safety. If your region has mild winters, pulling the
shoes benefits the overall health of the feet-the hoof has increased
circulation, movement, and expansion.
is the most valuable asset to your horse when it comes to horseshoes?
A farrier: One who shoes horses. The name is derived from the Latin
word “ferum,” meaning iron. Necessary qualities of a good farrier
clean, mannerly, and punctual.
genuine and caring attention to your horse.
willingness to educate you, the horse owner.
a visit every 6-8 weeks.
a complete shoeing service.
in conjunction with your veterinarian.
Check out the credentials of your farrier. What is his or her level
of certification? The level of expertise enables the farrier to
perform corrective shoeing as well as other specialized requirements.
Select your farrier carefully-choose him on his knowledge of the
profession AND on how you relate to each other.
out hooves daily. Remove all foreign substances from the sole
the bottom of the hooves to make sure the hoof has not grown over
your fingers over the outer hoof wall. If you feel rough or sharp
nail ends, the shoe is probably loose and you need to call your
administering preventive maintenance and keeping your horse on a
regular foot care program, you’ll save money in vet bills and hoof
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