Why is it important to shoe your horse regularly every five to seven weeks?
- Regular shoeing done to a high standard is the best way of maintaining your horses feet and legs in optimum condition. Prevention is always better than cure.
- A shod foot will rapidly grow at the toe and less at the heel causing the pastern angle to change. This places disproportionate pressures on the heel of the hoof.
- If the shoes are left on too long, the hoof will eventually out grow the shoe at the quarters and heel. This is a prime cause of corns, quarter cracks and weak heels.
- Irregular shoeing will also contribute to:
Hook cracks - Thrush - Seedy Toe - poor horse performance - gait problems
- Regular shoeing for most horses will result in:
Stronger feet - healthier feet - less cracks and seedy toe - a more athletic horse.
Courtesty of the NZFA Canterbury Branch