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Hoof Care

Good hoof care is extremely important because everything we ask our horses to do requires them to move around on their feet easily and without pain.

Find out what you need to know to maintain healthy hooves including: 

  • Hoof cleaning
  • Maintaining hoof moisture
  • Hoof trimming
  • Tips for healthy hooves
  • Hoof abscesses
  • Sand cracks
  • Seedy toe
  • Thrush
  • Laminitis
  • Arthritis
  • Recognising lameness
  • Using a lameness checklist


Hoof abscesses, sand cracks, seedy toe and thrush information has been adapted from Common Hoof Problems from the website and is reproduced courtesy of the author, Dr John Kohnke BVSc RDA. 

Other references:

Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse: Ross MW, Dyson SJ, editors; Saunders/Elsevier, St Louis, Missouri; 2003.

Equine Internal Medicine: Reed SM, Bayly WM, Sellon DC, editors; Saunders/Elsevier, St Louis, Missouri; 2010.

Equine Geriatric Medicine and Surgery: Berone J, editor; Saunders/Elsevier, St Louis, Missouri; 2006.

Lameness in Horses: Adams OR; Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia, Pa; 1977.

The Merck Veterinary Manual:  Kahn CM, Line S, editors; Merck & Co, Inc., Whitehouse Station, NJ; 2005.