Four Common Hoof Problems For Horses

Four Common Hoof Problems For Horses

Hoof health is crucial to the overall well-being of your horse. Being familiar with some of the more common issues horses encounter with their hooves can help you more quickly assess and treat them.


  • Abscess Bacterial infections are often to blame when it comes to an abscess. The disease typically occurs after a previous injury becomes infected. It can be identified by excess blood, pus and swelling in the sole. Although the first sign will likely be a horse appearing lame and altering its gait.
  • Laminitis Once the laminae is irritated laminitis typically follows. The signs are lameness and discharge from the coronary band. An important note here is that an unskilled trimmer can cause this issue. This is why it is key to be careful and prepare prior to trimming. Some other causes are tied to diet, use of steroids, and injuries. In its most severe state it requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • White line disease (WLD) The white line of the hoof can sometimes be infected by bacteria or fungi. This results in a sometimes serious medical situation requiring a visit from your vet. There are a variety of over the counter medications, but you may also need antiseptic, to dress the affected area, and use a hoof boot while healing.
  • Thrush Have you noticed dark discoloration along the bottom of your horse’s hooves? Do you see pus from the frog? This may be thrush. It often occurs as a result of damp conditions or other factors. The frog must be cleaned and treated with one of a variety of treatments available through stores like ours. Again, assistance from the vet may also result in the use of antibiotics.

  • Seeing your horse in pain is never easy. If you want to know our suggestions of the best solutions to the ailments above feel free to reach out to us HERE.


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