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        06-18-2014, 12:32 PM
    Hoove Care Questions

    I have a 17 year old ASB and he is being used just as a fun, pleasure riding horse at the moment. He is completely barefoot and is only pasture kept. Around how often should I be having the farrier trim his hooves? He is my first horse and I am a beginner so I don't really know how often I need to get them trimmed or how to tell when they are getting too long. Also, how can I keep his hooves in better shape? The pasture he is living in tends to be a little rough and his hooves seem to crack or look a little beat up. I have a hoof ointment/moisturizer I use sometimes but I don't know if that's really helping or how often I should put it on him. Is there anything I can do to keep his hooves healthy and around how often should the farrier trim his hooves? Thanks so much!
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        06-18-2014, 12:52 PM
    Start with every 6 weeks and adjust from there. If the farrier/trimmer is taking off a lot of material, then you should probably have them done more often. If it seems like he's barely filing anything off then you may be able to go longer (but not necessarily, as some horses may not grow a lot of hoof but may become imbalanced in that time)

    As for chips and cracks, topical treatments will not help with that. Dry is good for hooves, and too much moisture can make them weak. Ask the farrier to put a good bevel or "mustang roll" on the hooves and don't let them get too long. This is the best way to keep them from chipping and cracking.

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