Hoof Care


Does a red line mean hoof trouble?

The walls of a horse's hooves can provide clues to nutritional changes, concussive injuries and even illness that has occurred in the past year of his life.

Ideally, each horse will have his own set of grooming tools.

What's in our grooming kits

Just in time for for Amazon Prime Day, the EQUUS editors reveal their favorite picks for keeping horses clean and looking sharp.

The role of steroids in the development of laminitis is under scrutiny by researchers.

5 things that can lead repeated hoof abscesses

Repeat abscesses are a sign of predisposing condition that needs to be addressed. Here's what those conditions might be.

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The Fundamentals of Farriery Manners

It’s never too late to teach your horse to be more at ease with having his hooves handled.

A person wearing gloves and picking out a horse's hoof.

What to do about a loose shoe

Schedule a visit with your farrier as soon as you notice a loose shoe. But in the meantime, you’ll want to take steps to either keep it in place or remove it.

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Q&A: A rash of hoof abscesses

A variety of factors can contribute to the formation of hoof abscesses.

Winter Hoof Hazards

Make sure to take care of your horse's hooves this winter

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Is it a hoof abscess?

Before you assume your lame horse has an abscess, run through a few simple tests.

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Manage Your Horse for Stronger Hooves

Each day brings another opportunity to help your horse grow better feet. Here’s a simple hoof building strategy you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.

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What To Do When You Find a Lost Shoe

If you find a shoe in the field, track down the horse it came from and do a quick assessment for any damage.

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Help Your Horse Grow Stronger Hooves

How you manage your horse on a daily basis can influence the strength of his hooves. Try these tips for building better hooves.

Experts Tackle Equine Laminitis at Research Workshop

March 30, 2010 -- Nearly 50 researchers and laminitis experts attended the 2nd AAEP Foundation Equine Laminitis Research Workshop in West Palm Beach, Fla. to prioritize future laminitis research needs.

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The Facts About Chronic Laminitis

How to recognize and treat chronic laminitis, a frustrating and potentially devastating hoof condition.

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EquiSearch's Ask the Vet: Help for a Hoof Abscess

How long should it take a hoof abscess to heal? Dr. Joyce Harman offers advice to a Standardbred gelding's owner in EquiSearch.com's Ask the Vet.

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Polyurethane Horseshoes: Shoes of the Future?

Researchers study the shock-absorbing capabilities of polyurethane horseshoes. By Christine Barakat for EQUUS magazine.


Say Thanks To Your Farrier in July

May 2, 2008 -- The 2008 National Farriers Week, July 6-12, represents a special time to thank the footcare professionals who help keep your horses healthy and functional.

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How to keep your horse from losing his shoes

What keeps horseshoes on, what makes them lose their grip and how to ensure that your horse's footwear stays where it belongs.

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The Basics of Hot Shoeing

In some cases it's best to fit a horse with shoes fresh off a forge. By Laurie Bonner for EQUUS magazine.

EquiSearch's Ask the Vet: Hoof Size

Will letting a horse go barefoot increase the size of his hoof? Dr. Joyce Harman answers in this installment of EquiSearch.com's Ask the Vet.


Horseshoeing Hollywood-Style

Actor Wilford Brimley shares hard-working memories at American Farrier's Association Convention. Written by Fran Jurga for EquiSearch.