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December 20, 2017

Question to Auz:

“My horse is out in the pasture year round, but he has a run-in for shelter. When I picked his feet today, his frog was soft and the part towards the heel was white. How do I treat this and how can I keep his feet dry? ” –  A. Palmer from Kentucky 

Dear A. Palmer,

Thank you for the inquiry regarding your horses’ wet feet. Moisture on the surface of the hoof is not so harmful as long as the foot has a chance to dry during the day. For instance, a rainy day or a night with heavy dew can actually help a horses’ hoo...

November 18, 2017

We have discussed the structure of the hoof but we need to talk a bit about what can infect the hoof or foot and ask what can we do about it.

Some of the most common infections of the hoof are what veterinarians call iatrogenic problems. What does that mean?          

Iatrogenic in simple terms means we did it ourselves.

Some things that are commonly iatrogenic are infections or abscesses from nails placed too deep by the farrier. Although this does not happen often, probably once per thousand nails, it...

June 8, 2017

Who doesn’t like a back rub? Horses love to be groomed. I have seen many horses that cannot stand to handled sit still relaxed with their eyes almost closed while being groomed.  In most cases, just like everything else, horses have to be taught that grooming doesn’t hurt and that is ok to touch them in very ticklish places for grooming. 

Why groom your horse you say?

The old time cowboys simply got on their horses and rode off to herd the cows. Who had time for grooming working from sunrise into the night, sometimes all night? But the f...

June 8, 2017

It is surprising how many people have horses and pay little attention to their hooves. (The horses hooves I mean).

A horses hooves need to be trimmed on a regular basis. Some times 4 weeks sometimes 6 weeks. Rarely longer than that between trimming.  If the conditions are right, that is you are riding on relatively soft ground not hard roadways or rocks, you might be able to forego having shoes on the hooves . At least during light exercise.  However, if you are riding a great deal or jumping, barrel racing, calf roping etc. it is definitely...

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