20% of horses have poorly structure hooves, often unseen from the outside, which can adversely affect soundness, good mobility, everyday movement and shoe retention.
Remember to pay close attention to your horse’s hooves throughout the winter months. Cold and rainy weather means wet and muddy conditions for our equine companions.
These sodden environments can bring challenges to winter hoof care, causing problems such as mud clods and ice balls to form. Prolonged wet conditions can cause soft feet to become susceptible to more serious problems, including hoof wall separation, thrush, and sole abscesses.
The majority of hoof problems are deeper than is visible on the surface, so to affect real change, address the problem from within. The influence of a healthy diet and correct nutrition on a horse’s hoof horn quality has been well-recognised by equine professional. Daily use of a supplement should provide vast improvement to hoof resilience and structure as well as shoe retention.
Author info: Mark Brown is a fully-qualified and registered farrier working in the Sussex and Kent area.