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Exploring the Importance of Routinely Cleaning Your Horse’s Hooves

As a horse owner, cleaning your horse’s hooves is an essential part of its routine care. This is largely due to the fact that the shape of a horse hoof along with the combination of the two clefts beside the frog that the hoof contains all make it easy for debris to be picked up and cause injury to the hoof. Things that commonly become stuck in horse hooves include:

  • Glass
  • Nails
  • Pine Cones
  • Rocks
  • Twigs
  • Wire Bits

Clearly, all of these items can be sharp and may pierce the sole or cause bruising to the hoof. Therefore, if your horse suddenly appears to be lame for no apparent reason, it is quite likely that something is caught in the hoof and needs to be removed. 

In addition to the threat of debris getting caught in the hoof and causing damage, you should also clean your horse’s hooves in order to remove any manure or soil that may be trapped in the hoof. Manure and soil can create a damp, dirty environment, which is the ideal combination for thrush. Keeping the hoof clean can help to prevent thrush, while cleaning is also an essential part of keeping thrush from getting worse once it does set in.

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Caring for Your Horse’s Hooves and Teeth

The Last Ride AZ Provides Info on Horse Hooves and Teeth Care

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Phoenix Horse Removal Service

Caring for a horse requires more than just providing it with shelter and food. Rather, there are a number of things that you need to do on a regular basis to ensure your horse is comfortable, healthy and able to live a long and enjoyable life. Two of these requirements include providing your horse with regular hoof care and teeth maintenance.

Hoof Care

Proper hoof care for a horse involves trimming the hooves every six to eight weeks. It should also be noted that most horses do not need to have their hooves shoed. In fact, some hoof problems are actually related to shoeing. If your horse currently has shoes and you want to stop shoeing, talk to your veterinarian or farrier to determine the proper process to follow. Read More