As the shock-absorbing foundation for 1,000-pound animals, healthy hooves are critical to a horse’s mobility and health. Though we all strive to keep our horses’ hooves strong and free of defects, a few cracks, chips and dings are inevitable. Hoof blemishes are usually harmless, but some hoof cracks indicate a more serious problem. In this volume of EQUUS Extra, we describe the common types of hoof cracks and the best remedies for them, tips for keeping hooves healthy and how to handle a loose shoe.
Featured in this Issue:
- Tips for keeping hooves healthy
- Common causes of hoof cracks
- How to handle a loose shoe
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