Equine Diseases -Shoeing problems
Description of Shoeing problems
Equine Shoeing Problems
If your horse wears shoes and you wish to avoid equine shoeing problems, you must work with a specialist in hoof care – namely, a farrier. The farrier is a highly skilled craftsman with extensive knowledge of equine physiology as well as practical knowledge of the metal used for equine shoes. A good farrier will take care of all aspects of equine shoeing from the preparation of feet, assessment of potential lameness problems, and fitting appropriate shoes, including specialist remedial shoes where required.
Only healthy hooves should be considered for equine shoeing which protects hooves from breaking, cracking or bruising. The type of work carried out by your horse will determine whether or not he/she should be shod. For example, riding conditions which would damage the hooves such as rocky terrain, pavements/roads would require equine shoes as well as competitive jumping or equine sports such as speed games, driving competitions etc.
Symptoms of Equine Shoeing Problems
• A troubling change in gait
• Shoes become loose in a short time
• The horse hits his fetlocks or pasterns causing bleeding
Causes of Equine Shoeing Problems
• poor fitting
• incorrect shoes
• close nails
• excessive hammering on a sensitive horse
• improper clinching
• trimming too short
Diagnosis and Treatment of Equine Shoeing Problems
Get your vet to check out your horse’s hooves for treatment of problems caused by shoeing. These could range from navicular disease, laminitis, puncture wounds, thrush, bruising, ringbone or poor balance.
Then ensure that your shoeing strategy involves
• engaging a farrier who is prepared to take time to gain the horse’s trust
• who prepares the shoe to fit the finished hoof, not the hoof to fit the equine shoe
• who does not nail on a shoe and then just rasp off excess hoof around it
• ensure your horse is not in pain when the farrier is doing his work
• ensure shoeing is renewed on time and not allowed to go overdue
Anticipate and avoid potential problems by picking out each hoof every day, removing rocks, dirt and other foreign matter.