When to Pick Your Horse’s Hooves
Taking care of your horse’s health means providing adequate attention to its hooves. While many horse owners think this is a job that should be left to the farrier, the reality is that there are many times and situations during which you should pick your horse’s hooves. Not only will this make your horse more comfortable, but it will also help to prevent many common hoof problems.
To keep your horse healthy, you should get into the habit of picking its hooves in all of the following scenarios:
- Prior to riding, as it allows you to inspect the condition of the horse’s hooves and shoes while also giving you the chance to remove any stones or small objects that might be lodged in the horse’s feet before you add your weight to the horse.
- After untacking the horse, in case something got stuck in the horse’s feet during the ride.
- When bringing the horse in for the night to inspect for objects stuck in its feet and other possible turnout injuries.
- Prior to morning turnout, which also gives you the opportunity to check its pulse, remove manure and check for signs of thrush.
By taking these simple precautions and picking your horse’s hooves whenever necessary, you will help to keep your horse happy and healthy for years to come.