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 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.