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post #1 of 4 Old 05-21-2015, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Wet climate hoof care tips

Hi there, Im in the process of getting my first horse, im mainly just getting all the facts and info to try and make my horse as happy and healthy as possible before I even purchase. I live in an extremely wet climate and i know a few people have had issues with hoof rot. How can i prevent this? and what are some of my housing options that would reduce this risk?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-21-2015, 07:32 PM
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If you can, install some hoof grid in areas where the horse will be hanging out (by gates, around feed, water and shelter). Get the shelter and most of the congested areas on as high of ground as you can.
Also, good nutrition is paramount to healthy hooves.
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Along with what Karliejaye mentioned, you can also look into a hoof sealant that would lock out excess moisture.

But yes, the best options would be hoof grids, usually with gravel or sand over them for comfort and a dry spot and proper nutrition.

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Yeah ditto, to dry areas, so they can spend as much time on dry footing daily as possible. I don't like locking horses up, but if their environment is eternally wet, then stabling or keeping them in a dry yard for part of each day may be a 'necessary evil'. Also scrubbing with or having them stand on salt or chalk can help dry them out a bit by osmosis.

In addition to these measures, keeping feet otherwise healthy & well functioning will help them be less susceptible to infections, and diet & nutrition also has a big part to play. There have also been some promising recent studies into feeding MSM(organic form of sulphur) in reducing susceptibility to thrush & seedy toe.
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