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