No Hoof, No Horse

What do you think are the top problems relating to the health of a horse's foot?

White Line Disease

Total votes cast: 1492

Comments & Write-in Answers

Most common, usually an easy fix!

8/20/2007 9:24:24 PM

Poor shoeing. Incorrect angles with no heels and too tight fit shoes

8/20/2007 7:59:20 PM

My horse is pigeon toed and his poor conformation really effects the strength of his hooves.

8/20/2007 6:44:49 PM

Does a horse's stress level/anxiety have to do with the health of his hooves?

8/20/2007 5:00:51 PM

A wet environment full of manure weakens the hoof & makes it susceptible to infection

8/20/2007 1:44:06 PM


8/20/2007 11:31:10 AM

thrush and laminitis

8/19/2007 11:03:59 PM

Too many horses in boarding stable are visited by their owners infrequently.

8/19/2007 8:44:47 PM

no where near enough progress. a hideous disease!!!

8/19/2007 4:55:08 PM

hoove disease

8/19/2007 4:19:08 PM

Shoes! Horses need to be barefoot.

8/19/2007 4:09:16 PM

Nutrition - without good nutrition you won'thave a good hoof

8/19/2007 2:23:16 PM

cracks/chips in dry weather

8/19/2007 4:04:38 AM


8/19/2007 1:12:28 AM

navicular and white line also

8/18/2007 7:21:05 PM

Confinement, poor farrier practices, and diet are the leading causes of hoof problems

8/18/2007 6:47:19 PM

More education needed; especially for 1st time owners

8/18/2007 6:33:30 PM

every horse has this at some time in their life

8/18/2007 6:21:28 PM

Poor farrier work leading to bone/hoof damage; too many "farriers" not well trained but think they a

8/18/2007 1:37:17 PM

lack of upkeep by owner

8/18/2007 12:42:27 PM

Laminitis is still the leading hoof problem - Fortunately we discovered the Nolan Hoofplate.

8/18/2007 5:56:03 AM

I've been fighting WLD for years now and no matter what I do it always seems to come back.

8/18/2007 3:30:33 AM

for each 10 laminitis I observe less than 5 of the others.

8/18/2007 1:06:38 AM

hoof cracks can be debilitating

8/17/2007 10:28:20 PM

Had founder in the past and severe abcess this past spring

8/17/2007 10:09:36 PM

Farriers visits regular. Let the farrier get to know the horse before judging him/her.

8/17/2007 10:04:29 PM

Lack of regular foot care

8/17/2007 9:50:29 PM

genetics the day man man intervened the true horse died

8/17/2007 9:28:06 PM

incorrect farrier work absolutely

8/17/2007 6:35:48 PM

A disease that likely goes undiagnosed

8/17/2007 5:04:02 PM

people are lazy and stupid

8/17/2007 4:32:02 PM


8/17/2007 4:16:23 PM

Finding a good Farrier

8/17/2007 3:54:20 PM

This is a disease that will sneak up on you.

8/17/2007 3:22:59 PM

Navicular syndrome needs more funding for better solutions to deal with this. It is a devestating.

8/17/2007 1:47:07 PM

In Chicago area, there are too many unqualified farriers. Took 5 yrs to find a qualified one.

8/17/2007 9:43:39 AM

most problems result from being shod

8/17/2007 7:30:24 AM

Not allowing the horse to naturally wear his feet the way he should, therefore causing problems.

8/17/2007 6:28:25 AM

Not allowing the horse to naturally wear his feet the way he should, therefore causing problems.

8/17/2007 6:26:04 AM

thin sole is the biggest problem. I think

8/17/2007 2:14:43 AM

This worry accompanies my war with obesity.

8/17/2007 2:07:54 AM


8/17/2007 1:56:02 AM

I think all of these can become top problems

8/16/2007 10:52:18 PM

many horses are overfed

8/16/2007 10:34:44 PM

Horse Show Shoe Tips

8/16/2007 9:37:54 PM

No foot No horse!

8/16/2007 9:01:07 PM

bad diet,bad shoeing

8/16/2007 8:55:07 PM

Poor trimming causes most foot problems.

8/16/2007 8:29:04 PM


8/16/2007 5:44:46 PM

Excellent farrier care on a REGULAR basis and footing that is proper and safe to begin with.

8/16/2007 5:39:19 PM

I have more trouble with abscesses than anything else, then thrush.

8/16/2007 4:59:08 PM

Many of these can be directly related to improper/inadequate maintenance programs.

8/16/2007 4:52:30 PM

Regular trimming (with or without shoeing) sould include a farrier's opinion of foot health.

8/16/2007 4:11:39 PM

bad shoeing

8/16/2007 3:57:20 PM

Bad Farriers

8/16/2007 3:48:03 PM

too many people over feed their horses

8/16/2007 3:25:53 PM


8/16/2007 3:16:45 PM

Not taking hoof health/quality into consideration when breeding

8/16/2007 2:49:56 PM

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8/16/2007 2:04:26 PM

more so due to obesity

8/16/2007 1:50:32 PM

Improper trimming and shoeing by folks who aren't trained farriers.

8/16/2007 1:07:47 PM

When the thrush was gone & hoof trimming corrected, the lameness was gone!

8/16/2007 1:06:48 PM

teaching people proper hoof care ,how to evaluate your farrier

8/16/2007 12:28:31 PM

Lack of Proper Care by a farrier.

8/16/2007 12:24:57 PM

Laminitis can be prevented in many cases by good owner care (grass founder, obesity, etc.)

8/16/2007 11:29:44 AM

unnatural trims, shoes, poor nutrition

8/16/2007 11:03:57 AM

Poor circulation from wearing shoes plus long toes and contracted heels.

8/16/2007 10:44:55 AM

Laminitis, Soring.

8/16/2007 9:53:38 AM

too many people are still not aware of the right way a horse should be trimmed or shod.

8/16/2007 9:32:11 AM

Shoes - these often contribute to all of the above...

8/16/2007 8:37:08 AM

Iron shoes

8/16/2007 6:58:10 AM

Shoes cause more hoof problems than anything else.

8/16/2007 6:56:12 AM

It can strike any age, any time of year any type of horse.

8/16/2007 4:16:07 AM

letting the hoof grow too long between shoeing is the most detrimental issue for hoof health

8/16/2007 2:46:55 AM

Although laminitis is important, I have been battling white line disease for over a month now.

8/16/2007 1:18:04 AM

finding a quality farrier

8/15/2007 11:32:01 PM

Some times metabolic, sometimes from toxicity, no one knows for sure, and sometimes from some medica

8/15/2007 11:02:16 PM

Keeping horses in shoes all the time

8/15/2007 10:55:27 PM

Incorrect trimming and/or shoeing!!

8/15/2007 10:50:51 PM

Bad Farriers

8/15/2007 10:40:34 PM

poor shoeing

8/15/2007 9:04:37 PM

shoes are the main problem of all the ailments to horses feet. They cause all the problems listed.

8/15/2007 8:29:45 PM

Shoes, pads etc.

8/15/2007 8:16:54 PM

Obtaining proper preventative health and farrier care. Proper shoeing for the horse's job.

8/15/2007 8:07:06 PM

alot of problems stem from horses being bred with too small of feet

8/15/2007 7:13:13 PM

improper trimming/shoing methods, which cause problems would be at the top of my list.

8/15/2007 6:59:29 PM

managing the appropriate amount of moisture

8/15/2007 6:52:40 PM

An unbalanced hoof

8/15/2007 6:48:29 PM

shoes are the major problem for most horses hooves and keeping them sound

8/15/2007 6:42:22 PM


8/15/2007 6:28:45 PM

shoeing or trimming let go too long create stretching of the white line in many horses

8/15/2007 6:06:48 PM

more orses need to be allowed to go barefoot

8/15/2007 6:03:23 PM


8/15/2007 5:31:58 PM


8/15/2007 5:27:34 PM


8/15/2007 5:06:32 PM

poor trimming/too long trimming interval

8/15/2007 4:32:25 PM

many of the problems listed can be traced back to poor trimming, shoeing and overall neglect.

8/15/2007 4:14:52 PM

i think prothesis applications should be studied

8/15/2007 4:10:59 PM


8/15/2007 4:09:43 PM

A basic lack of true knowledge of how form affects function by vets and mainstream farriers!

8/15/2007 4:05:50 PM


8/15/2007 4:03:05 PM

Finding a decent, reliable farrier that has a clue!

8/15/2007 4:01:35 PM

SHOES! Wild horses don't get most of the hoof diseases shod domestics do.

8/15/2007 3:51:50 PM

wrong food, bad ground conditions & poor care

8/15/2007 3:35:37 PM

iron shoes that cause most of the above listed issues

8/15/2007 3:27:40 PM

Shoes, solitary confinement, poor quality processed nutrition. Those are the root of hoof problems

8/15/2007 3:27:07 PM


8/15/2007 3:16:50 PM

SHOES! SHOES! SHOES! SHOES! SHOES!!! Barefoot is soooooo much better for the horse.

8/15/2007 3:14:44 PM

Shoes are the problem. Go barefoot!

8/15/2007 3:06:29 PM

finding good farrier

8/15/2007 2:46:13 PM

incompetent farriers

8/15/2007 1:33:52 PM

also lack of expert farriers.

8/15/2007 1:17:38 PM

founder, laminitis, navicular and abcesesses + poor hoof care by uninfomred farriers

8/15/2007 1:12:25 PM

Poor and/or incorrect shoeing

8/15/2007 1:05:42 PM

improper trimming & shoeing

8/15/2007 12:48:05 PM

very easy to get infected &could lead to all other foot problem etc.lami,.andso on.

8/15/2007 12:36:26 PM

Improper shoeing. I see many horses with way too much toe and no heel.

8/15/2007 12:29:34 PM

Mainly a management issue, but still the top hoof health problem.

8/15/2007 11:37:31 AM

correct shoeing!!!

8/15/2007 11:18:32 AM

improper trimming

8/15/2007 11:02:45 AM

a lot of problems in my area stem from the farriers.They should be made to be licensed !!!

8/15/2007 10:56:59 AM

Over feeding seems to be a main cause. We just love our horses to death!

8/15/2007 10:51:23 AM

Tho laminitis is the most deadly, thrush indicates neglect/poor foot health masking other problems.

8/15/2007 10:48:56 AM

Also, long toe, low heel. Flat soles.

8/15/2007 10:42:55 AM

health of the frog is more important than previously realized

8/15/2007 10:39:33 AM

A Poor Farrier!

8/15/2007 10:27:56 AM

Lack of a good farrier!

8/15/2007 10:10:18 AM

Disasterious disease for horses and heartbreaking for owners who loose the fight.

8/15/2007 9:56:29 AM

White line is often a symptom of Laminitis to come. as abscesses are often a result of laminitis.

8/15/2007 9:41:37 AM

incorrect trimming and shoeing

8/15/2007 9:40:41 AM

Navicular, a cure must be found

8/15/2007 9:06:39 AM

Poor farrier work or too long between farrier work.

8/15/2007 9:03:48 AM

When a coffin bone moves inside of the hoof wall, its serious, and needs work.

8/15/2007 8:44:07 AM

Our personal experience is that the worst thing is a shortage of decent, well-qualified farriers.

8/15/2007 8:40:18 AM

people who insist on breeding horses with bad feet cause they can't do anything else with them

8/15/2007 8:22:06 AM

Vets need more farrier training. I have more problems with that.

8/15/2007 8:00:37 AM

Knowledge of owner and farrier not sufficient!

8/15/2007 7:59:28 AM

bad farriery

8/15/2007 7:56:58 AM

Putting metal shoes on horses' hooves is the most detrimental thing you can do.

8/15/2007 7:23:58 AM

horse shoes

8/15/2007 7:15:46 AM

coffin joint inflammation

8/15/2007 6:45:17 AM

thin hoof wall

8/15/2007 5:55:03 AM

bad farriers

8/15/2007 5:16:34 AM

poor trimming

8/15/2007 2:57:40 AM

poor hoof health and conditions

8/15/2007 2:49:09 AM

Lack of proper shoeing techniques and truly qualified farriers.

8/15/2007 2:24:20 AM

Poor trimming and shoeing!

8/15/2007 12:51:08 AM

finding a good farrier!

8/15/2007 12:42:28 AM

Chronic laminitis requires education yourself on prevention

8/15/2007 12:38:57 AM

Cheap uneducated "farriers" the biggest cause of navicular!

8/14/2007 11:54:04 PM

More research into causes is needed

8/14/2007 11:40:58 PM

more education needed for owners to evaluate farriers' work.

8/14/2007 11:39:44 PM

poor shoeing

8/14/2007 11:16:56 PM

In my opinion shoeing is unhealthy for the hoof wall and is an unneccesary tradition.

8/14/2007 11:12:50 PM


8/14/2007 11:11:29 PM


8/14/2007 10:58:01 PM

Nav Dz - poorly understood. When diag. is correct, poor outcomes with few effective treatments.

8/14/2007 10:40:53 PM

In alot of cases i think Laminitis is preventible with the use of some common sense in horse feeding

8/14/2007 10:26:16 PM


8/14/2007 10:24:41 PM

Laminitis is brought on by so many different happenings that it is hard to prevent and take care of

8/14/2007 10:24:00 PM

Once white line disease gets established, it's very, very difficult to get rid of.

8/14/2007 10:20:40 PM

incorrect diet,confinement/lack of movement,and incorrect-un-natural hoof care

8/14/2007 10:19:40 PM

shoes and bad trimming are the main problems

8/14/2007 10:16:48 PM

Shoes are used too long and too often when not needed

8/14/2007 10:02:57 PM

improper trimming and showing

8/14/2007 9:42:18 PM

I believe that metabolic syndrome induced lamintis is on the rise and is a serious problem.

8/14/2007 9:40:19 PM


8/14/2007 9:23:28 PM

stop over breeding small hoofed horses & owners need to not be afraid to ask the farriers questions.

8/14/2007 9:17:56 PM

Improper shoeing causing contracted feet and incorrect alignment

8/14/2007 9:15:45 PM

finding proper shoeing for your horse and the work he is in!

8/14/2007 8:53:54 PM

I suspect there are numerous mild, undiagnosed cases of laminitis

8/14/2007 8:53:20 PM

lack of knowledge re correct hoof form & function

8/14/2007 8:51:29 PM

The misunderstanding of the need for barefooting

8/14/2007 8:50:02 PM

Hear about this way too much.

8/14/2007 8:28:53 PM

We have had major recovery problems from hoof abscesses.

8/14/2007 8:26:29 PM

Laminitis can destroy a horse (Barabaro).

8/14/2007 8:14:33 PM

Briahna has had an abcess for almost 2 years!

8/14/2007 8:12:38 PM

I think Barbaro proved how much of a problem laminitis is...

8/14/2007 8:07:54 PM

Too many people have shod horses that may not need to be and could benefit greatly going barefoot .

8/14/2007 8:05:14 PM

Approximate "natural lvi ng conditions for horse hoof health

8/14/2007 7:54:39 PM

abscesses and thrush, but you can only select 1

8/14/2007 7:51:31 PM

Grass foundered

8/14/2007 7:44:32 PM


8/14/2007 7:42:50 PM

finding a good farrier!

8/14/2007 7:29:21 PM

Going barefoot at least part of the time, with proper trimming, is very helpful in my experience

8/14/2007 7:24:23 PM

The lack of common sense amongst among practioners, SOMETIMES you should think logically before you

8/14/2007 7:23:35 PM

hoof conformation and size relative to the horse

8/14/2007 7:02:31 PM

farrier interest in new research is sadly lacking - they are stuck in the last century.

8/14/2007 7:01:30 PM

Unbalanced trimming or lack of trimming causes or exacerbates many of the major hoof problems.

8/14/2007 6:59:34 PM

Do owners ever clean the feet out! Plus overfeeding & foundering horses. From a farrier

8/14/2007 6:47:16 PM

Poor shoeing

8/14/2007 6:28:27 PM

poor shoeing

8/14/2007 6:28:06 PM

so many people do not pick out their horses feet often anough

8/14/2007 6:20:33 PM

putting shoes (steel casts) on them, thereby eliminating natural hoof mechanics

8/14/2007 6:13:55 PM

Biggest problem is farrier incompetance. They need licensure and mandatory CE

8/14/2007 6:12:36 PM

horse shoes cause more problems than they help

8/14/2007 6:12:15 PM

Improper trimming leading to all of the above symptoms

8/14/2007 6:11:11 PM

Farrier not knowing what they are doing. I have had 6 farriers like this.

8/14/2007 6:09:25 PM

poor farriers

8/14/2007 6:07:49 PM

improper shoeing – more people should consider having their horses go barefoot!

8/14/2007 6:05:05 PM

NAiling metal shoes onto the foot of a living being. Think about it.

8/14/2007 6:04:18 PM

I believe thrush is the most common but navicular the more serious

8/14/2007 6:01:38 PM

Poor trimming/shoeing

8/14/2007 5:48:21 PM

owner's who do not clean the hooves regularly are one of my pet peeves

8/14/2007 5:45:59 PM

I use plastic shoes to protect from rocky trails, barefoot got them sore

8/14/2007 5:40:28 PM

More frequent/proper trims & no sweet feed would eliminate most problems

8/14/2007 5:13:07 PM

Insufficiently trained farriers

8/14/2007 5:12:17 PM

Lack of knowledge with hoof form & function, and irregular maintenance/neglected hooves

8/14/2007 5:05:17 PM

Laminitis, abcesses, thrush and white line disease often go together.

8/14/2007 4:53:42 PM

ignorant people such as owners, farriers.

8/14/2007 4:42:01 PM

Be knowledgeable about the correct hoof care and work with your farrier

8/14/2007 4:39:20 PM

Too much starch, people not paying attention to what theyre feeding their horses for activity level

8/14/2007 4:38:30 PM

All the above. And add to that, proper (or improper) shoeing.

8/14/2007 4:22:55 PM

such a common secondary problem, we treat a lot of this and thrush too

8/14/2007 4:18:10 PM

Lack of routine, proper care!

8/14/2007 4:17:11 PM

To me Laminitis, is the top problem in a horse's health foot.

8/14/2007 4:11:38 PM

also shoes particularly puting shoes on young horses under 3, Feet are not fully developed

8/14/2007 4:09:47 PM

Finding a knowledeable, dependable,competent farrier is the top problem!!!!

8/14/2007 4:07:10 PM

Look what Barbaro went through and there was a lot of $ spent on him and still he lost his battle

8/14/2007 4:02:31 PM

shoes, which cause most all of these problems. and unknowledgeable trimming methods by ferrier's.

8/14/2007 4:02:23 PM

The average owner does not know how to spot a hoof problem.

8/14/2007 4:02:09 PM

Improper trimming and hoof balance issues, low heel, long toe

8/14/2007 4:00:17 PM

Big bodies horses, little tiny feet not a good combo.

8/14/2007 3:54:31 PM

horse shoes

8/14/2007 3:54:16 PM

While not the most serious, this is certainly the most common.

8/14/2007 3:53:15 PM


8/14/2007 3:47:34 PM

Poor farrier work

8/14/2007 3:46:34 PM

Horse Shoes !

8/14/2007 3:46:03 PM

too many horses with shoes on - I believe most horses can perform best barefoot

8/14/2007 3:42:37 PM

Breeding for a show ring leg and foot instead of untilitarian - people are the problem

8/14/2007 3:42:23 PM

bad drought for 3 years...white line is showing up a lot around here

8/14/2007 3:41:11 PM

Hooves that are too small for the horse and low (or almost no) heels.

8/14/2007 3:36:22 PM

Most if not all foot problems are man made, it's time to recognize that

8/14/2007 3:29:55 PM

improper shoeing and trimming contribute to most of the hoof problems can't find an excellent shoer

8/14/2007 3:27:18 PM

Improper trim

8/14/2007 3:09:38 PM

the antiquated practice of shoeing

8/14/2007 3:07:58 PM

Unnatural living conditions, high carb diet, improperly trimmed/shod hooves,lack of exercise.

8/14/2007 3:04:28 PM

alot of horses are being diagnosed due to inprovement in exam technolgody

8/14/2007 2:59:27 PM

crooked trimming and shoeing too small

8/14/2007 2:59:08 PM

Let's find a cure!!!!!!!!!

8/14/2007 2:55:58 PM

horse shoes, and bad farriers

8/14/2007 2:53:23 PM

Thrush is common but easily treated

8/14/2007 2:46:42 PM


8/14/2007 2:43:25 PM

Still a mystery to many and potentially deadly

8/14/2007 2:37:32 PM

Properly balanced feeding program to prevent most of above.

8/14/2007 2:37:12 PM

nutrition. vitamins and minerals, corn kills

8/14/2007 2:36:35 PM

incorrect and/or unnecessary shoeing effecting the natural growth & movement of the hoof

8/14/2007 2:35:04 PM

Improper trims, poorly trained farriers

8/14/2007 2:34:55 PM

It's awful.

8/14/2007 2:32:20 PM

we're breeding the hoof out from under our horses , a 1100 pound horse on a double 0 shoe is stupid

8/14/2007 2:31:52 PM

club foot

8/14/2007 2:29:35 PM

Poor Farriery

8/14/2007 2:25:24 PM

Improper trimming or shoeing

8/14/2007 2:24:28 PM


8/14/2007 2:23:05 PM

Poor hoof walls and hoof condition

8/14/2007 2:19:49 PM

when it comes to navicular there aren't a lot of treatment options

8/14/2007 2:18:53 PM

feed, turnout, proper trimming, these cause/prevent all of the listed problems

8/14/2007 2:16:47 PM

too small of feet!

8/14/2007 2:14:38 PM

I think abscess are overlooked. Can be chronic if hoof too small for the horse & is a warning

8/14/2007 2:09:22 PM

Due to the abundance of high sugar grasses and obesity in horses, this seems to be a huge problem.

8/14/2007 1:57:37 PM

Improperly trimmed/shod feet. Long toe, long heel still too popular!

8/14/2007 1:54:12 PM

Hoof cracks, especially with how dry much of the country is. And the stomping at flies doesn't help.

8/14/2007 1:52:29 PM

Laminitis can happen so quickly; constant management required!

8/14/2007 1:50:56 PM

poor shoeing, unnecessary shoeing

8/14/2007 1:49:27 PM

long toe, low heels--shoes that don't return phone calls

8/14/2007 1:49:10 PM


8/14/2007 1:48:12 PM

All of the above. Often related to poor nutrition, housing, preventative hoof care.

8/14/2007 1:48:10 PM

Depends on individual horse and enviroment.

8/14/2007 1:39:11 PM

finding farriers that are qualified. Many say they are and they are not! they are the top problem

8/14/2007 1:37:00 PM

You simply need the absolute very best experienced and reliable farrier. Easier said than found.

8/14/2007 1:32:49 PM

General Hoof balance resulting in all the above.

8/14/2007 1:31:32 PM

good hoof care, proper trimming and shoeing a farrier or owner who knows when there's a problem

8/14/2007 1:29:11 PM

bad farriers, too much stall time and/or unhealthy environment.

8/14/2007 1:26:59 PM

All of the above

8/14/2007 1:26:28 PM

Bad trimming and shoeing

8/14/2007 1:23:51 PM

poor breeding practises

8/14/2007 1:23:10 PM

What have we done in our management practices that causes so much laminitis?

8/14/2007 1:23:08 PM

iron shoes!

8/14/2007 1:22:51 PM

Horseshoeing in general

8/14/2007 1:20:31 PM

For me white line disease is an ongoing problem probably due to our wet climate

8/14/2007 1:19:28 PM

People who don't give their horses regular year round care from the best (not cheapest) farrier

8/14/2007 1:15:09 PM

shoes, stalling and diet

8/14/2007 1:14:17 PM

Poor farrier trims, poor hoof care, poor nutrition, bad genetics

8/14/2007 1:10:46 PM

Poor quality shoeing

8/14/2007 12:55:02 PM

Horses are over fed and not enough excercise.

8/14/2007 11:47:12 AM