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6 Winter Horse Hoof Problems Prevention Tips

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Healthy hooves are vital to ensuring your horse is active and sound. Although horses adapt well to cold, snow and ice prove to be hazardous obstacles when it comes to horse hoof care. Prevent injuries to your horse's hooves this winter by following these simple tips!

Horse Hoof Problems

  1. Think Ahead: Meet with your farrier to discuss winter shoeing and trimming schedules and plans. Formulate plan B arrangements if snow becomes a transportation inhibitor. 
  2. Remove Hazards: Prepare your barn and turnouts for winter to ensure your horse cannot escape or be prone to injury. Remove any hazards and fence off low areas where water collects.
  3. Re-Consider shoeing your horse in the winter: A bare foot keeps your horse's hoof directly on the ground. If your horse's hoof is healthy, he is likely surefooted. When shoeing your horse in snowy or cold weather, he may have an increased risk of slipping and snow packing. If you must shoe your horse, consider adding a snow rim pad to help prevent snow collecting and help increase stability on ice. Click here to learn more about "winterizing" your horse's feet!
  4. Stock-up on traction aids: Keep a good supply of shavings, sand, and kitty litter on hand to spread on icy areas. Avoid using sand in turn out areas, if he ingest sand or salt he could be prone to colic.
  5. Check blankets: Be sure that your horse's blanket fits properly. Remove any excess strap length to avoid your horse from catching a shoe heal. Click here to watch a video of how to properly fit your horse for a blanket.
  6. Beware of frozen ground: Frozen ground may leave your horse's sole prone to bruising. When riding, be selective about footing and go a bit slower than usual.

To prevent horse hoof problems in your horse this winter, use Corona Hoof Dressing! Corona’s lanolin-based formula helps prevent drying and cracking while helping support natural hoof growth.

Want to give Corona Hoof Dressing a try? Click here to locate a Manna Pro dealer near you.



Gabby Gufler

Gabby Gufler

Gabby Gufler graduated from Truman State University in 2013 with a BS in Animal Science & Nutrition and a minor in Equine Science. Gabby currently works on Manna Pro’s marketing team, and enjoys competing regularly with her six horses.

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