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Gallop On 11-01-2011 10:08 PM

How often do you pick your horses hoofs?
So, I am asking this as its the second time today that I have heard that you should pick your horses hooves out everyday. To me, picking them out everyday isn't mandatory, if I think about it, I do it.

Yes, I assume it also is based on your personal horses hoofs, and how the ground is where they stay.

I just recently started picking out my horses hooves every single little time I ride... but before that, it was a about 10 times a month. (His feet are very healthy, and strong, although he does occasionally get a rock in their)

But how about you, how much do you pick out your horses hooves?

jumpingrules92 11-01-2011 10:10 PM

Everytime i groom, its essential for the health of his feet and his overall health as well. I dont really take it lightly..
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haleylvsshammy 11-01-2011 10:24 PM

Every time I ride I pick my horse's hooves. He doesn't have the best feet, and I am checking to make sure that his shoes are not loose, to see if it looks like his feet are needing a trim, to check for anything ookie going on with his feet and to make sure there are no rocks that may cause discomfort.

I would hate to be riding my horse and have him seem off only to discover that he had a rock in his foot. I would feel like it was entirely my fault because it is my responsibility to make sure that "all systems go" before I get on.

Paintlover1965 11-01-2011 10:25 PM

I pick their hooves daily because if I am going to spend the time to groom my horse then I need to be sure that their feet are well taken care of too. I am afraid I might miss a bruise or an abcess in it's early stages. I also pick their feet after a ride. I have found some large stones on several occasions and was glad I took the time to check instead of just turning him out blindly. Your horses feet are vital to their overall well being. I also file their feet on a regular basis between farrier visits. We all know the saying- no feet no horse.

cfralic 11-02-2011 12:33 AM

I lease and take lessons only (I previously owned, and did the same thing), but I ALWAYS pick the hooves before and after a ride. Even if there's nothing in the hooves I think it's good to check. Might sound like a little much but I don't think you can ever do it TOO much.

Wallaby 11-02-2011 01:17 AM

I pick my mares hooves every time she's ridden and every time I groom her (which works out to be maybe 5 days a week).
A major benefit of doing it that often, to my perspective, is that when I show her the hoof pick and touch the top of the leg I want, she picks it all the way up for me so I don't end up doing anything more than just grabbing her already lifted leg and picking out her hoof. I didn't train her to do that intentionally, she just started doing it once she figured out the hoof picking game. It certainly makes my life easier! :)

DraftyAiresMum 11-02-2011 01:33 AM

I pick out Aires' hooves whenever I groom him or we go for a ride. I pick them out before we go out and after we get back when we ride. It's a habit I got into with my old gelding and when I worked my friend's horses for her. I can't groom or saddle a horse without picking out its feet first. It just feels I forgot something.

bethrosyrose 11-02-2011 04:31 AM

I pick out my horses feet everyday and before and after I ride because she has pretty flat bad feet, but all my previous ponies had great feet so I only did theirs before I rode:)

christabelle 11-02-2011 05:42 AM

I pick my horses feet when I take a rasp to touch up. So about twice a month. In muddy and snowy conditions I do it every day to check for thrush, and they seem to like it when i get the packed snow and ice out of their feet.. Also if my horses seems off, that is the first thing I do. Maybe I should do it more, but I've never had a problem.
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Saskia 11-02-2011 06:04 AM

I check before I ride. Most of the time they are fine but its good to check. I also check every time I would groom, which would be everyday, but if I miss a few days, like when I go on holidays, it doesn't really bother me.

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