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post #11 of 17 Old 01-26-2009, 05:45 PM
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Yes you do! I've got a friend with a horse without shoes and every day mud and stuff gets caked in there!
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-26-2009, 05:57 PM
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We too have barefoot horses and we clean out the frog area before and after each ride.
Its good to at least check for anything stuck in the sole of the hoof and to clear away around the frog to check for thrush and any other nasty's.

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post #13 of 17 Old 01-26-2009, 07:23 PM
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It is very important to pick out a horses hooves! Otherwise they can get thrush or pick up sticks and stones.

If your horses don't enjoy holding their back feet for you, try holding their foot a few seconds and then put it down before they try to. Then slowly increase the length of time until they will hold it as long as you want. Praise them when they hold their foot but insist they hold it if they try to pull it away.
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-26-2009, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by kershkova View Post
Thats a big no no to not pick out feet with or without feet.
Lol, no shoes you mean? I think it might be difficult to pick out the feet of a footless horse
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post #15 of 17 Old 01-26-2009, 09:21 PM
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Yes, you definitely need to pick out your horse's hooves, whether he/she has shoes or not. My horse is barefoot and I pick them out every day, really well too -- make sure you really dig into the "V"-shaped area alongside the frog where the dirt and other stuff gets stuck. If you don't do a thorough job, your horse can get thrush which is a fungal infection and is just nasty and has to be treated or it can result in lameness in some cases!

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post #16 of 17 Old 01-26-2009, 09:25 PM
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While picking out hooves, a friend was advised to stretch their legs front ones forward and back ones back, and move their legs in circles to allow your horse to stretch. They eventually will love this and it makes them a little more flexible and comfortable for the farrier.
Heres to happy hooves:)
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post #17 of 17 Old 01-29-2009, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by kathryn View Post
So I know it is very very important to pick out feet with shoes. But almost all the horses at my barn don't have back shoes. Do you still need to pick those out? Because a lot of the horses are very anti-picking up their back feet, so usually i just get it a few inches off the ground, and reach under with the hoof brush and try to get as many swipes in there as possible before I lose my grip and they slam their hoof down. Do I need to do a better job on their back feet? I usually get most of it out doing it the way I do it now, but do I need to make positive I get it all?
ABSOLUTELY. Shoes or not there is no corolation as to the decision you should be making on the picking and cleaning out of hooves. The purpose of cleaning hooves is to remove any debris that might cause injury, check of cracks, bruises and other injuries etc.

Would you not ever brush a horse just because you didnt ride it?

Picking of hooves is a regular part of horse care. You should make a habit of cleaning out hooves regardless of the horse or what you are about to do with the animal.


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