Do you desire to learn hoof care tips and techniques?

Horses are what you call ungulates. Ungulates are groups of mammals which utilize the tip of the toes to support their mass when moving. Most ungulates are hoofed animals — like equines, mules, zebras, camels, deer, and giraffes.

By definition, a hoof is the tip of a toe of an ungulate. It is strengthened by keratin as a thick, durable covering. The sole of the hoof is kind of hard yet rubbery, but softer than the outside. There is also a hard wall formed by the dense nail wrapped around the tip of the toe. The whole mass of the equine is carried by the soles of the hooves and also, the edges of its walls.

Horse’s hooves grow however they are constantly worn down thru moving continuously. The mean weight of horses is often more than 1000 lbs and it is only supported by its four hooves. A horse is treasured due to its power and ability to carry humans and objects for pleasure and work purposes. They are valued for their mobile function. As expected, a horse with feet problems can be rendered useless.

Three kinds of hoof care a horse trainer should consider:

Trimming

As earlier mentioned, hooves are constantly growing. Therefore, they require trimming to keep them in good shape and to keep the horse in good form. Trimming must be done about one to two months, depending on the activity of the equine and the conditions it’s kept in. Trimming can be tough to do and it requires considerable skill. Trained farriers should be the only ones to do this process to prevent wrong trimming.

Mistakenly trimming the walls too short is often the mistake. Paring of too much sole is just like cutting your nails too short and can make lameness in the animal in addition to pain. Hoof care must be conducted by a professional as it is not a good idea to save a few pennies in exchanged for an injured equine. Have a capable, skilled farrier do the job. The money spent is absolutely worth it.

Shoeing

Can you imagine doing hard manual labor without any footwear?

We use footwear such as shoes because we need protection for our feet. Horses are no different. Although horses are in nature strong and have tough feet, they still require to be shod if they are doing a lot of activity.

Some equines may have fairly flat or weak hoofwalls, or simply not fit for hard labor. Such horses require shoes even they are not for functional work purposes. It is best to ask a vet or a farrier about this, as whoever is doing the corrective shoeing must really know their stuff.

Cleaning

In most things we do, hygiene is priority. It is extremely important to clean the hooves of your equine mainly before and after riding. Every equine owner should have an important tool, the hoof pick. That tool will be your best bud in grooming your horse particularly with the animal’s hooves.

It should be noted that even animals that are not at all ridden should still be subjected to hoof pick grooming to prevent thrush. It must be done daily. An equine with wet hooves is very hard to keep.

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