The horse’s lower leg and hoof is quite an amazing structure. There are now muscles in the lower legs, and the hooves carry the weight of the horse. So how does the all important blood supply reach the hoof, and then get back to the heart?
It’s the frog! The frog is technically part of the horse’s circulatory system. And one of it’s jobs is to help the horse’s leg pump the blood from the hoof UP the leg. No muscles there to do that! The frog is sometimes called the second heart for this reason.
Top 10 hoof care tips!
No hoof, no horse! Keep your horse’s hooves happy, healthy, and comfortable by using these 10 hoof care tips. Learn easy and fast ways to help your horse's hooves be at top form and peak health.
How do horse hooves grow?
Slowly! And they are influenced by a number of factors - ranging from genetics, to nutrition, to how much exercise your horse gets. Add to that where your horse lives, and how often your Farrier visits!
Hoof cracks can be totally benign - or they can cause major problems for your horse. Learn to spot hoof cracks early, and involve your Farrier and Veterinarian to help your horse have the best possible outcome.
What is thrush? Thrush is a bacterial infection of the hoof, most commonly seen in the sulci (or grooves) and frog area. The bacteria is anaerobic, so it lives without oxygen, which makes your horse’s hoof the perfect spot for thrush.
Soaking hooves is often part of the treatment for a variety of hoof ailments, namely abscesses. A nice soak in a custom concoction sounds like a great idea (on paper) but in reality may horses despise standing in a feed tub. Feed tubs are for FOOD, and your horse knows it!