01-11-2013, 10:13 PM
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I feel that proper hoof care in foals is very important.It optimizes proper hoof and leg structure,performance,and long term soundness.It helps improve minor deviations and helps keep the "perfect" foal correct.
I've seen many horses with leg,hoof,and soundness issues where the problem could have been helped or corrected if only their feet would have been properly trimmed and maintained when they were younger.
I keep a close eye on my babies feet and trim whenever they need it;no set schedule as it can vary widely depending on time of year,feed,growth spurts,ect.
First trim depends on the individual's feet,usually I notice it needs doing between 4-6 months,earlier if their toes are very pointed,preventing them from breaking over properly,or if they have a hoof or leg deviation that needs correcting.