Hoof Care Facts and Fiction

Quite a few myths and misconceptions surround the practice of basic horse hoof care. This second installment of our farriery series focuses on some of the most common misconceptions heard from horse owners in the author's farriery practice. During the dry summer, should I provide a wet area for my horse’s feet? Will Lanolin/oil-based dressings help my horse’s hooves? Just to be safe, how long should I wait to ride after you’ve shod my horse? We will address these frequently-asked questions as well as offer tips to avoiding gimmicks. We’ll give horse owners and caretakers the confidence to know what is fact or fiction and to insure your farrier has your horse’s health, welfare and his job in mind when sculpting your horse’s feet and any shoes.