Trouble’s Afoot: Signs Your Horse Has a Hoof Problem Brewing

Find out what hoof problems you can safely manage yourself and when to call in your farrier and/or veterinarian.
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Signs Your Horse Has a Hoof Problem Brewing
Sometimes a pro—your farrier and/or your veterinarian—must provide advice and treatment to restore not only your horse’s soundness but also your peace of mind. | Photo: Kevin Thompson/The Horse

6 signs that a hoof problem is brewing

Part of the enjoyment of owning horses is the sensory experience of being at the barn: the sight of content, well-cared-for horses; the low, throaty nickers welcoming your visit; the sounds of happy munching; the sweet, fragrant aroma of hay. But the sights and smells of a hoof problem can tarnish that idyllic experience in a hurry.

You might be able to manage some hoof issues without calling in professional help. However, sometimes a pro—your farrier and/or your veterinarian—must provide advice and treatment to restore not only your horse’s soundness but also your peace of mind.

“When the owner notices a hoof problem, usually the first line of defense—other than their own knowledge—will be their farrier,” says Raul Bras, DVM, CJF, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. “But when acute lameness is involved, owners will want to call in their veterinarian to determine if there’s some type of pathology (disease or structural damage) involved

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Diane Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin, then married her education with her lifelong passion for horses by working in editorial positions at Appaloosa Journal for 12 years. She has also served on the American Horse Publications’ board of directors. She now freelances in writing, editing, and proofreading. She lives in Middleton, Idaho, and spends her spare time gardening, reading, serving in her church, and spending time with her daughters, their families, and a myriad of her own and other people’s pets.

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