Richard A. Mansmann, VMD, PhD, hon. DACVIM-LA
Equine Podiatry & Rehabilitation Mobile Practice
8809 Farrington Mill Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27517
10 Common Problems Related to Horses Feet.
10.Any kind of moisture. The horse is a high desert animal; their feet have not been
genetically preconditioned to handle a lot of wet.
9.Ignoring thrush in the clefts of the frog. Thrush needs to be treated early and not
allowed to develop into significant problems.
8.Having a shoeing or trimming interval greater then 6 weeks. Even a normal foot will
begin to lose normal conformation after 6 weeks without hoof care.
7.Having a horse with a body condition score greater than 6. The more weight on the feet
and lower limb joints the more chances of earlier development of chronic health
6.Having horses with too much dietary sugar. This could include grain or lush pasture. 5.Ignoring abnormal foot conformations such as long toe/ low heel, dishes and flares that
can get worse and create lameness.
4.Not having a good working relationship with an open minded farrier and open minded
veterinarian who also have a good working relationship together.
3.Not realizing that foot conformation can be the root of unsoundness in acute and chronic
lameness in the horse.
2.Using traditional trimming and shoeing principles without knowledgeable use of
radiography on abnormal feet problems.
1.Too much exposure to water, dew, hosing, and any other way that gets a horse’s foot
too wet especially with abnormal foot problems.