This horse loost the shoes frequently and was very lame without shoes. The hoof walls were thin
This is the same foot as above.
The whole is from a hoof abscess that had been opened by the vet. You can see lots of infection and hoof thrush.
The hoof capsule is instable and allows too much movement.
This is the same foot nearly a year later (July 2011).
The horse was treated with the HPT method and was wrapped with Hoof
Wear. He was rideable on soft ground for the whole time. He grew a thick
infection is under control and the horse is on the way to healthy
Factors That Impact On Horse Hoof Health
Environment: The environment has a big impact on the foot of the horse.
If the horse is only standing in a soft, mucky field it is unlikely that
he will grow a foot that is able to cope with a lot of strain. Indeed
will have more than likely problems with hoof infections and flare.
A horse shoe also creates a particular environment for the hoof. It
restricts the three dimensional distortion of the hoof capsule which is
for the health of the foot.
Nutrition: Bad or imbalanced nutrition will impact on the quality of the hoof horn.
For example too much or too little selenium in the diet will have a
big impact on horn quality. Too much selenium is very toxic, but too
little will also
cause significant problems.
General Health: Only a healthy immune system can deal effectively with infections.
Problems with thrush or white line disease can have their cause in a
weak immune system or a back problem might cause the horse to drag his
Metabolic issues can lead to laminitis, sore feet or chronic founder.