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 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.