HAPPY FEET HOOFCARE
Maintaining proper care of your horse’s feet can have a critical effect on their overall health. Through proper care, many of the costs of horsekeeping may be avoided. Your farrier and veterinarian can advise you and help establish a hoofcare program that will provide optimum benefit to the health of your horse.
The trimming schedule depends on several factors:
The time interval between trims may vary depending on multiple factors, but on average, healthy hooves may be maintained on a six week schedule.
As with trimming, time intervals for having your horse shod will depend on several factors. For most horses, the elapsed time between a shoeing or a trim are relatively the same. Hoof wall tends to grow faster in warm, moist environments. (A horse living in the tropics may need a trim a whole month before his Oregonian counterpart.) Colder, drier climates retard growth and may thus lengthen the time between treatments. In circumstances where an equid exhibits certain hoof problems, more frequent attention to hoof growth and condition is recommended. Your veterinarian and farrier should be good resources for understanding these conditions.