Winter Hoofcare for Horses
During the winter months, it is common to observe an increase in foot abscesses and thrush cases due to the challenging wet and muddy conditions.
Foot abscesses, also known as pus in the foot, can present with severe lameness, often causing the horse to be non-weight bearing. It is essential to note that this level of lameness can also be a result of other injuries like fractures, so it is crucial to seek prompt veterinary advice.
How can I prevent foot abscesses?
1. Practice good foot care, including regular farriery and picking out the feet twice daily.
2. Ensure your horse has access to clean and dry areas, whether stabled or in pasture.
3. Keep your first aid kit well-stocked with essentials such as poultice, vetwrap, Epsom salts, and gaffa tape, which are useful during this time of year.
Thrush is often accompanied by a foul odor and is characterized by black discharge from the frogs of the hooves. It can occur due to poor foot hygiene, particularly in wet and dirty conditions, as well as lack of exercise and improper foot confirmation. If the latter is the case, continued collaboration with your veterinarian and farrier is necessary.
How can I prevent thrush?
1. Regularly pick out the feet twice daily.
2. Allow the hooves time to be clean and dry every day.
3. Schedule regular farriery appointments.
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