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Why Does My Horse Keep Getting Abscesses?

Our neighbor’s horse developed an abscess before his futurity trial and was scratched from the race. This was the third time the horse missed running because of foot infections. Naturally, he wanted to know why his horse keeps developing abscesses. Horses get abscesses because of sole bruising, hoof cracks, or puncture wounds. Recurring abscesses are …

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How, Why and When Horseshoes Need to Be Changed

Recently our grandson assisted the farrier, he held the horses and watched the hoofs trimmed, and horseshoes replaced. This experience put his curious mind in overdrive, and he wants to know all about shoeing horses, so I did some research to provide accurate information. Horseshoes attach to a horse’s foot with nails driven through the …

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Do Thoroughbreds Have Bad Feet? 5 Traits of Poor Horse Hoofs

Our friends’ racehorse was scratched from its debut race for the second time. The horse has a hoof ailment, prompting my wife to ask if Thoroughbreds have bad feet? Thoroughbreds typically have bad feet. Their feet are weaker and less durable than most horse breeds. Thoroughbreds’ feet are typically flat-soled, long-toed, with thin, shelly walls, …

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Cleaning Hoofs, Leads to a Healthier Horse

It’s critical to clean a horse’s hoofs routinely; we recently went to the race track to watch our friend’s horse run its debut race, however just before the race started, his horse was scratched because of an abscessed foot. This made me wonder if they are regularly cleaning their hoofs. The anatomical structure of the …

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