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Category: Footcare/Lameness


Foot problems are one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. However, care of the horse’s feet is often overlooked by owners. Neglected feet can develop many conditions which, if left untreated, can result in severe lameness with loss of use of your horse. Maintaining your horse’s feet in good condition is of primary importance. It is also necessary that you are aware of the conditions that can affect your horse’s feet and how to recognise them.

Lameness can be a result of pain in areas, such as the feet, back or joints. Common causes include laminitis, foot abscess, degenerative/developmental joint disease or external trauma, such as a kick injury. The extent of a horse’s lameness can vary from being hopping lame, where the horse cannot put any weight on the limb at all, to showing just a slight reluctance to move freely on hard or uneven surfaces. You will know your horse’s “normal” way of going, so any variance from this could be a sign of an underlying problem.

If you think your horse is lame it shouldn’t be ridden or exercised, unless specifically directed by your vet. In most cases it is best to consult your vet if your horse is lame, they will be able to undertake various examinations to assess your horse for lameness, determine the cause of lameness, and recommend treatment.

Dental care

Equine dental care is often neglected. As humans we are always off to the dentist for our 6 month check-ups. Horses are just like us, they can get tooth ache, cavities and gum disease. So... why shouldn't your horse get regular

Thrush and canker

Maintaining your horse's feet in good condition is of primary importance. Neglected feet can develop many conditions which, if left untreated, can result in severe lameness with loss of use of your horse. Thrush and canker are two conditions of

Tendon injuries

Tendon injuries are a common occurrence in the athletic horse. Although injury can occur in any tendon in any type of horse and age, the superficial digital flexor tendon of the lower limb is most frequently affected, particularly in the

Taking your horse barefoot

Are you thinking of taking your horse barefoot?  If so, here is some useful information before you go ahead. But to start off with, some words of warning!!! Can my horse go barefoot? Going barefoot successfully is a lot more

Subsolar abscess – pus in the foot

A subsolar abscess, or pus in the foot, is an infection beneath the sole of the foot. Subsolar abscesses cause severe pain to your horse due to the buildup of pressure under the hoof capsule that cannot expand. The pain

Stem cell therapy

Tendon, ligament and joint injuries are common occurrences in horses, and up until recently an injury involving one of these may well have meant the end of a horse's competitive career. But now, with advancing technology, stem cell therapy could give your

Sidebone

Sidebone is the name given to the ossification (bony formations) of the flexible collateral cartilages of the distal phalanx (coffin bone) in the foot. These are found either side of the coffin bone in some horses protruding very little and

Shoeing problems – how to deal with them

Problems with shoeing are most commonly due to horses not being willing to pick up their feet or having them handled, rather than being due to the shoeing itself. These horses are also unlikely to pick up their feet for

Seedy toe

Good hoof care is essential in avoiding conditions such as quittor. Regular trimming and/or shoeing to ensure all the feet are balanced and are free from cracks is essential. If your horse is shod, they should fit properly, therefore avoiding

Quittor

As every horse owner knows, the horse's foot is a very complicated structure. It may not look it from the outside, but within the hoof wall are many elements and sensitive structures that form the foot. Quittor is a condition