Winter Hoof Care For Horses

What can you do to prepare your horses’ feet for winter? Here are a few tips.

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It’s here. Maybe it’s where you are, too. Snow, ice, wind…and worry. How do you know what to do to protect your horses when bad weather sets in? What can you do to prepare yourself, and your horses? Here are a few tips.

Scenario #1. You’re at work, and you suddenly see sleet starting to fall. “I left the horses out,” you moan to a co-worker. “It was so warm this morning!”

She just shrugs and quips, “Don’t they just turn their tails to the wind or something?”

“It’s not their tails I’m worried about,” you mutter. “It’s their shoes on that darn concrete pad by the barn. It turns into a skating rink every time there’s a freeze.” You start thinking of an excuse to go home early

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Fran Jurga is the publisher of Hoofcare & Lameness, The Journal of Equine Foot Science, based in Gloucester, Mass., and Hoofcare Online, an electronic newsletter accessible at Her work also includes promoting lameness-related research and information for practical use by farriers, veterinarians, and horse owners. Jurga authored Understanding The Equine Foot, published by Eclipse Press and available at or by calling 800/582-5604.

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