Hoof Care

Why Hoof Care Is Important

Hooves that are in good shape are an important aspect of a horse’s overall health. Damage or disease to these important weight-bearing tissues can cause not only discomfort, lameness, and secondary infection, but it can also make a horse more susceptible to trips and falls, which can result in serious traumatic injuries. To promote optimum well-being, owners should have their horses’ hooves evaluated and routine maintenance conducted at regular intervals, in addition to having any visible indicators of foot disease or lameness diagnosed and addressed. Your horse’s health and quality of life can be greatly improved by consulting with an experienced equine veterinarian.

Common Issues That Can Develop From Improper Hoof Care:

  • Laminitis
  • Thrush (bacterial infection)
  • Soreness
  • Abscesses
  • Bruises

Dr. Chastain can offer advice on how to help prevent similar injuries in the future, as well as best practices for weight management, food and nutrition, and hoof cleaning and hygiene – all of which are important aspects in maintaining healthy hooves.