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7 Essential Reasons Horses Have Hooves Instead of Toes

As I was picking my horses’ hooves, my grandson asked me why they don’t have toes. He had been reading articles about animals and wondered if horses didn’t have them because they don’t move around the same way as other creatures do? Coincidentally I’ve often wondered the same. Horses don’t have toes because they had …

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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 to Care for and Clean Horses Hooves: 6 Essential Steps

When my grandson visits, he helps groom our horses. He recently asked me to teach him how to care for his horse’s hooves, so I did, and I also decided to put some information together for other new horse owners. We groom our horses every day, including caring for their hooves. A thorough daily grooming …

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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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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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