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What To Do When Your Horse Springs a Shoe!

April 24, 2017

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:


  • Prevent damage to your horse's naked hoof.  A naked hoof that normally has a shoe on it needs a little attention.  Bruises, cracks, and general soreness can result. And your horse won’t be totally even.


  • Treat anything else that could possibly be affected. Keep watch on his tendons, and if there are chunks of hoof wall missing you may want to chat with the Vet also about what you can do.  Often times there are cuts, scrapes, and swelling that is associated with a sprung shoe.  


Now it's time to go find the shoe...



  • In order to prevent damage and give the naked hoof some TLC,  “wrap” a shoeless hoof until the farrier can arrive. Even if it’s only for a few hours, it’s a good idea.  The Hoof Wrap comes with a pad so that your horse’s naked hoof can have support and protection while the farrier is on his way.


  • Find the shoe if it was “removed” by your horse in his stall or paddock. No need for him to step on it later and hurt himself.  Also, it gives your farrier something to work with that “matches” his remaining shoes.  Even bent shoes have a chance at being banged back into the correct shape.


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.

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