Horse Feet Posted on December 20, 2018 by admin Uncategorized Part of your horse care routine concentrates a lot on their hooves. While the wild horses usually move through different terrains so they are able to naturally take care of their hooves and toenails, domestic horses want you to get the services of a great farrier to always check on their hoof requirements, whether shod or not.There are so many problems your horse’s hooves may experience, some really cause lameness. Some include:Thrush – It is caused by wetness around the barn and might cause a blackish residue around the frogs. Keep the barn area dry and clean to avoid this.Hotnail – It occurs when the shoe nail gets to the sensitive part of the horse’s hoof. Proper care should be taken as it can lead to a serious infection. The hoof should be soaked in Epsom salt then bandaged until it gets better.There are of course so many others that we’ll not focus on but luckily, a good farrier, good hygiene and nutrition will be able to keep these worries at bay.Appropriate horse nutrition is mandatory in ensuring that your equine friend has healthy hooves. Feeding the horse with quality hay and the right quantity of vitamin supplements ensures that the horse remains active, has strong bones and is not susceptible to hoof issues.The choice is largely determined by the horse’s unique requirements and the surrounding environment. As an example, a horse that does not work regularly can be stored unshod for the period of time it is resting. Pasture potatoes may also do without shoeing unless recommended. A healthy horse will have strong bones and hooves so that they may not have to be shod in any respect. This is why we really insist on proper nourishment for the horse.Horse shoes are somewhat more expensive than maintaining the horse unshod. Aside from that, the shoes may get caught on something and cause injury. Another problem is how the shoe prevents the hoof from getting picked clean the majority of the time. Let’s not forget that getting kicked by a shod hoof could cause much more damage than a bare hoof!Hoof trimming is quite important to help with proper balance for your horse. Imagine walking around in shoes that have jagged heels! Not only is it uncomfortable and unstable, it might destroy your back and leg muscles. Domestic horses will need to have their hooves cared for regularly because as mentioned earlier, they do not move around enough for their hooves to trim naturally.Shoeing is good for the working horse particularly if done by a professional farrier and in a regular interval of 4-6 weeks. However, even horses that work frequently can do without being shod. Proper hoof care keeps the hooves powerful as nature intended them to be. When you combine great care and nutrition for the equine animals, they’ll live quite well without horse shoes, which saves you the extra costs.Hands on practice helps you get better at it faster too, so you do not have to employ the services of a farrier every time your horse requires trimming.Be careful however… The decision to go barefoot needs to have the input of your farrier. You might think that you’re doing the horse some great but you might end up getting an injured horse that would cost you way more!