Posted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:58 pm
I wondered if I should have posted this on my other thread about barefoot horses but it also applies to shod horses too. I know of a horse who has a nasty hoof abscess due to not having been trimmed regularly. The problem is now being treated by a vet but this could have been so easily avoided by regular footcare. Rather too often the unshod hoof is left too long and I thought perhaps I should post about this as it would have avoided a lot of pain and distress and it is a great pity for the horse who has to suffer. The hoof is the first place you should look for when lameness strikes but I see so many horses going without essential care and regular appointments with the farrier. I even knew of one lady who wouldnt get a farrier out until the horse's shoes had started to fall off! I'm not a farrier by the way but I do feel like venting because it annoys me to see so many problems which could have been easily avoided in the first place and I'm sure no-one here would negelct their horse's hooves at all so I'm preaching to the converted but I just see it all so often that it's becoming my obsession in life! I'll stop ranting now lol!