On the Right Hoof

How often do you pick out your horse's hooves?

Daily to keep the sole clear of manure and debris
Before and after I ride
Before I ride only
When my horse feels or looks unsound and I suspect a rock in his hoof

Total votes cast: 835

Comments & Write-in Answers

No hoof, no horse. It's the base foundation that holds up the horse!

2/13/2012 10:17:17 PM

I clean muddy feet and put my horse in clean dry bedding overnight to help prevent thrush.

2/13/2012 8:57:44 PM

My horse has pads...so never.

2/13/2012 7:35:52 PM

apple cider vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to minimize fungal infection

2/13/2012 5:39:58 PM

Be sure to take a hoof pick with you on your trailride.

2/13/2012 5:09:47 PM

A minimum of 3 times a week!

2/13/2012 4:09:59 PM

One of my stallions developed abcesses on his front hooves & I am diligent now to clean hooves often

2/13/2012 3:42:15 PM

A couple times a week. They are on sand, so do not accumulate much.

2/13/2012 3:05:29 PM

use a crosspane hammer (gunsmith tool) to chip out snow/ice balls in hoof

2/13/2012 1:24:15 PM

Natural hoof care addict

2/13/2012 11:37:50 AM

weekly soaks in apple cider vinegar will take care of any white line !

2/13/2012 6:03:32 AM

Our horses run barefoot, & sleep out, so we check their hooves each time we ride-almost every day

2/13/2012 4:55:52 AM

Bare hooves keep clean, i look at them everyday to be sure.

2/12/2012 9:04:33 PM

Iodine wound spray works great for treating thrush.

2/12/2012 6:05:03 PM

I clean my horse's hooves about once a week.

2/12/2012 6:03:27 PM

only takes a minute each horse - do it the thorobred way, all from 1 side

2/12/2012 5:45:06 PM

Never know what the horse will pick up before or during a ride.

2/12/2012 4:42:12 PM

I pick her hooves daily and apply a hoof conditioner to the outside hoof wall 2 X weekly.

2/12/2012 3:13:18 PM

Good nutrition, lots of lax to thicken the walls

2/12/2012 8:59:20 AM

We have a lot of horses, so we don't always clean them EVERY day, but at LEAST before/after we ride.

2/11/2012 6:42:39 PM

whenever I work with them.

2/11/2012 5:48:38 PM

Depends on the season & activities

2/11/2012 10:56:34 AM

Daily + before and after ride

2/11/2012 9:05:41 AM

leave them alone, they do best that way (besides farrier care of course!)

2/10/2012 11:42:29 PM

I use Bagbalm to keep the soles soft and prevent scratches. Works well with essential oils.

2/10/2012 9:36:25 PM

Biotin daily as prevention and Thrush buster weekly to keep hooves nice

2/10/2012 5:59:34 PM

bare feet don't collect too much debris

2/10/2012 12:44:08 PM

consistant farrier work, by well trained person

2/10/2012 12:24:32 AM

Oil the coronet band as a priority.

2/9/2012 9:50:43 PM

I always make sure that my horses hooves are clean for riding. Other wise he acts up :)

2/9/2012 7:54:25 PM

for thrush i use a tip from my grandmother. its 1/2 water,2 cps. hydrogen peroxide and 2 cps alcohal

2/9/2012 7:14:17 PM

daily when weather is yucky, but alwasy before & after a ride!

2/9/2012 6:13:52 PM

We do a daily hoof picking & before and after riding. So most days 3 x per day.

2/9/2012 6:11:45 PM

Since we ride in sandy soil, they are clean when inspected at the end of our rides.

2/9/2012 5:12:30 PM

A little oil helps keep snow from packing in the hooves on winter trail rides

2/9/2012 4:42:48 PM

but it is in reality more of a daily inspection

2/9/2012 4:10:56 PM

Pick out feet, trim regularly, , keep stall clean, keep pasture clean & mud-free.

2/9/2012 3:49:26 PM

and in the morning while they are being fed and the same in the evening!!!

2/9/2012 11:08:23 AM

paint hooves with Kopertox twice a week to prevent Thrush

2/9/2012 10:06:19 AM

the hooves should be inspected as a part pf your routine.

2/9/2012 3:49:13 AM

Pads prevent access to front feet.

2/8/2012 10:23:15 PM

They are ridden and worked in sand often. This cleans the sole/frog and polishes the hoof wall

2/8/2012 3:22:33 PM

pull the shoes for winter, regular balance trim, dressing in extreme dry weather

2/8/2012 3:00:48 PM

Always before I ride, but not necessarily every day

2/8/2012 2:00:37 PM

I ride almost daily so checking before is often enough for me.

2/8/2012 1:00:53 PM

NoThrush powder... LOVE IT

2/8/2012 11:49:57 AM

Frequency really depends on individual horse and conditions. Never had any issues using that system.

2/8/2012 9:21:43 AM

If you keep your horse barefoot, pick up the rasp when you pick up the hoofpick.

2/8/2012 8:45:01 AM

It's the best way to catch something before it becomes a problem.

2/8/2012 7:20:19 AM

Pick out morning and evening & reduce the risk of missing a problem

2/8/2012 4:34:58 AM

Before I ride as well as anytime something looks off

2/8/2012 1:38:20 AM

I try to pick their hooves out daily.

2/8/2012 12:51:55 AM

My horse drinks, urinates a lot in summer, makes lake in his pen, prone to white line, clean daily

2/7/2012 10:30:30 PM

will check during a ride if a rock is suspected in one of the hooves

2/7/2012 10:15:37 PM

I'd do it daily, but can't be at the barn every day!

2/7/2012 9:59:10 PM

I use a bucket scrubber to really clean the soles.

2/7/2012 8:47:29 PM

Clean and inspect when they are trimed usually 2 or 3 times a year,unless they show some problem.

2/7/2012 8:12:04 PM

3-4 times a week

2/7/2012 7:58:28 PM

Out of 4 equines/1 daily/1 before rides/2 less often

2/7/2012 7:36:14 PM

The frequency varies depending on conditions

2/7/2012 7:35:59 PM

Several times each day!

2/7/2012 6:55:16 PM

Our guys go barefoot always now, so I check them now & then. But very rarely find anything but dried

2/7/2012 5:46:32 PM

and, of course, before and after riding.

2/7/2012 5:16:17 PM

Before & after a ride/ground work, and at least three times a week

2/7/2012 5:04:50 PM

3-4 times a week

2/7/2012 4:57:56 PM

at least 4-5 times a week

2/7/2012 4:37:49 PM

Check whenever they have been in rocky area including driveway.

2/7/2012 4:30:08 PM

After I ride. My horses are barefoot, and the "dirt" keeps them from picking up rocks on our rides.

2/7/2012 4:25:08 PM

Keep a balanced barefoot trim in the winter/shoes during riding season

2/7/2012 4:23:10 PM

WET and rocky here; daily clean & treatment necessary to prevent thrush and WLD

2/7/2012 4:07:04 PM

once a month. Too much picking can create areas for bacteria to grow...

2/7/2012 4:02:08 PM

Daily to keep sole clear, etc. When horse puts hoof down, it's all back!

2/7/2012 3:51:12 PM

4 months at home-daily; 8 months boarded then 4x per week

2/7/2012 3:50:33 PM

A minimum of twice daily. No hoof ... no horse.

2/7/2012 2:50:52 PM

As often as possible - definitely before and after each ride and for the pasture pet at least weekly

2/7/2012 2:43:24 PM

Ialso pick the ice out of their feet during the winter and also when its muddy. We remove shoes also

2/7/2012 2:15:36 PM

Paint bottom 2" of hoof wall with sealant when turning out in mud.

2/7/2012 2:03:00 PM

As a child I was taught this is the most important element of grooming--so every day!

2/7/2012 12:59:37 PM