Horse Hoof Care for Horses in Brisbane, Ipswich and Lockyer Valley
As the expression goes: “No hoof, no horse”.
Abscesses, disease, cracks, bruises, corns and poor hoof condition all, ultimately, affect your horse’s soundness and performance.
Any hoof condition that cannot be rectified by your farrier or trimmer alone, should be examined by a veterinarian as quickly as possible. Treatment will vary depending on the cause, and they will outline correct care and hoof hygiene.
There are many hoof conditions that result in sensitive, cracked and brittle hooves, leading to pain and discomfort for your horse.
The most common causes are:
- Working on hard surfaces
- Bacterial infections
- Fungal infections
- Housing in wet or soiled conditions
- Poor nutrition
Signs & Symptoms
Most often, your horse will show some degree of lameness as the hoof condition affects their ability to bear weight on the afflicted hoof.
However, there are many common signs that may indicate a hoof problem, including:
- An abscess
- Localised heat
- Sensitivity when palpated
- Foul smell or discharge
- Shifting weight to the back hooves
While your farrier or trimmer can provide support, some hoof conditions require diagnosis by a veterinarian to determine the best course of treatment. From there, your farrier and veterinarian will work together to help your horse return to health.
Treatment usually involves:
- Administering medications
- Corrective hoof care
- Diet management
Your Next Steps
If your horse has a hoof condition that isn’t responding to topical treatment, call us on (07) 5411 4554 to speak with a qualified veterinarian. For after hours emergency assistance, call 0488 98 98 36.