Cleaning hooves, overdoing it?
I am less than one year to horse ownership. I keep two horses on my place. I have a small pond where my horses love to graze. Daily, their hooves and ankles are caked in mud. So, daily, I pick out the mud from the sole and wash the outer hoof and sole with the water hose under medium pressure. I then feed and stall them for about an hour, so their feet dry out. About once a week, I use soap and water and brush to clean the hooves.
I am having no problems with their hooves. My farrier regularly trims them.
Am I going overboard by washing them everyday? Could I cause long term problems or will the cleanliness promote long term health?