Sore Hooves in Horses
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Sore Hooves in Horses

August 18, 2019

Hi, I’m Danvers. I’m the Hoof Health Consultant
for SmartPak, and one of the things we find is that we get a lot of general questions
about sore feet. It’s a difficult subject because there are so many things that can
create this issue. One of the most important things is to make
certain that it is, in fact, in the foot. As you can see from this model, there are
a lot of complicated, inter-connected parts here. The foot is part of it — the hoof and
the foot — but a lameness issue or a soreness issue that involves tendons, ligaments, joints,
can all evidence as if it were a foot issue. So, there are a myriad of concerns ranging
from bruises, abscesses, white line disease, thrush — any number of concerns that can
happen within the foot — laminitic episodes. But you have to make certain that you are
dealing with a hoof issue or a foot issue. It’s always best to involve a professional,
get true diagnostics, make certain that you know what you’re dealing with. Foot soreness is more often an issue in the
front limb than the hind limb. This is because the horse is on the forehand. He’s bearing
60-65% of his weight on the front feet. Therefore, and that’s where you see the difference in
the shape and the size. The front foot will be rounder, flatter, less concavity in the
sole and is designed for support. Because it’s designed for support, because that horse
is carrying 60-65% of its weight on it, there’s more opportunity for him to have insults to
the solar surface — bruising, abscesses, what have you. As a rear-wheel drive vehicle,
only bearing 30-40% of his weight on his hind end, we see more issues, more lameness issues,
that actually evidence in the limb than in the foot. In some cases, you’ll have intermittent
lameness, such as a sub-solar abscess. It’ll move in and out of sensitive tissue. A horse
will be lame for three days, he’ll be sound for three days. And you’ll go through that
maddening thing of, “why are his feet sore?” Get your professional’s involved, get a true
diagnosis. I hope this has been helpful. If you have
any concerns about sore hooves, check through our library here at SmartPak and definitely
work with your hoof care professionals.

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