Do I have to clean out foals hooves?
I was wondering if you have to clean a foals hooves?
It's a good idea. You don't want them getting thrush.
Thrush is a Fungal infection that grows in the hoof of a horse that have dirty feet or horses that are always in a damp environment. It grows in and around the frog. It can become serious if not cleared up. I clean my fillies feet regularly. It also gets them ready for the farrier or vet.
Thrush is a a fungal infection that can eat away at the horses hoof tissues. It's caused by and anerobic (cannot survive in air) bacteria. Signs are a black pus like liquid and soreness on the feet. So as long as you keep the hooves clean you shouldn't have a problem.
EDIT: I didn't see that Deej had already posted. :)
Cleaning them out will help the foal get used to you or possibly later someone else working with their hooves, so yes, you should do it. Even if there isnt anything in them...
Thush : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrush_(horse)
Ok, My stall is dry dirt, and cleaned daily. so i shouldn't have a problem?
also do i need to put anything on the ground to soak up his pee? lol
A daily hoof picking is a good idea no matter what conditions the horse is standing in. Even babies can pick up stones or stand in poo in the pasture, and hoof picking is a great time for you to inspect the foal's feet and legs for scrapes or heat, and treat accordingly.
There ought to be some kind of bedding in the stalls, regardless of what the bare flooring is. What kind is up to your personal preference and regional availability. I've heard everything from straw to shredded newspaper and peatmoss. I personally use sawdust or bagged pine shavings if none of the local sawmills are selling to individual buyers.
Not only does the bedding soak up waste, but it provides a comfy place for your horse to bed down in a box stall. They don't lay down much in a day, but when they do the definitely appreciate a little something to cushion the floor.
You want to use either sawdust or straw. I've heard straw is bad for foals...not sure if an eight month old foal is in that category. You want to pick up his feet as much as possible and pick them out and hold them up for a few minutes. That way he gets used to having them up for when a farrier has to come trim them. Do you have a farrier lined up for his first visit? Sometimes, if the foal can't handle it you'll have to have a vet there to sedate the foal...... So be prepared. : )
How much sawdust or shavings should i put down? Do i replace it everyday? I guess so huh. Thanks alot guys
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