Richard A. Mansmann, VMD, PhD, hon. DACVIM-LA
Equine Podiatry & Rehabilitation Mobile Practice
8809 Farrington Mill Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27517
919/619-0620e
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 
    problems.

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. 


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