What to do about a sprung horse shoe!
For the most part, a sprung, tweaked, or yanked off horse shoe needs to be managed on a case by case basis. For some tweaked shoes, leaving it on is the best case. Other times, like if it’s hanging on by a thread, it’s time for you to remove it before the farrier comes to tack it back on.
But how do you decide if the shoe can stay, or if you need to pull it? If the shoe is basically on and only missing a nail or two, you may be OK. If the shoe is bent, your horse will have a hard time standing on it and it will likely need to come off. Any twisting should be taken on a case by case basis. The beauty of technology is that you can take a photo and send it to your farrier for advice!
Let’s assume you have removed the offending shoe, or your horse has removed it for you. Now you are left with a naked foot. It’s important that you do a few things here:
Now it's time to go find the shoe...
What you should NOT do is trim the hoof or use a rasp before the farrier can get to you. That should be done right before the shoe gets replaced. You should also NOT pull the other shoe to “even” him out, the Hoof Wrap support and pad will do that for you.
The horse’s hoof is an amazing structure, with layers and layers of tissue and function. The hoof wall is the barrier between the bones inside, as well as the soft tissue structures that hold your horse up!
The hoof wall is a changing structure, as is grows about 6 to 9mm a month. In a year’s time, most horses will have totally regrown their hoof wall. The majority of tissue in the hoof wall is keratin, and it’s about 25% water. If your horse is shod, the horse shoe nails go through the hoof wall.
In some parts of the county, the frozen ground is a welcome occurrence! Bugs are gone, snow might be coming, and the earth gets a time to rest. BUT - you horse’s hooves might not appreciate it so much.
Frozen ground is wickedly hard - harder than any concrete or asphalt road. It also likes to freeze rocks into place, creating little spikes in the ground. Your horse won’t be able to kick them out of the way, so tripping is a risk, as are nasty bruises from landing on one of those - even at the walk.
It’s almost inevitable that at some point, your horse will need his hooves soaked or iced. Common reasons for soaking a horse’s hoof include an abscess, white line treatment, or even icing for hoof bruises or laminitis. The best way to get this done is also the easiest way - with a Soaker Sack.