05: Preventative Care for Hoof Health

Action Point:  Arrange a regular schedule with a trusted farrier and take time to become familiar with the shape and condition of the hooves of each horse to be able to actively monitor for changes or signs of trouble.

Rationale: As the saying goes “no hoof, no horse”! Discussing any and all background knowledge and previous hoof maladies a horse has experienced with your farrier, along with any current concerns, is key to the development of a sound and effective preventative care plan for the horse. Knowledge of hoof anatomy and signs of hoof stress are invaluable tools in the early detection of problems, facilitating prompt and effective treatment.