Horse Hoof Definition – A horse hoof is a structure surrounding the distal phalanx of the 3rd digit (digit III of the basic pentadactyl limb of vertebrates, evolved into a single weight-bearing digit in equids) of each of the four limbs of Equus species, which is covered by complex soft tissue and keratinised (cornified) structures. Since a single digit must bear the full proportion of the animal’s weight that is borne by that limb, the hoof is of vital importance to the horse. The phrase “no hoof, no horse” underlines how much the health and the strength of the hoof is crucial for horse soundness. (wikipedia)
Since moving Amber to Banbury she has developed sensitive hooves. She seems to be uneven in the front – not sure if its the left or the right. It could even be both 🙁
I thought it was from jumping her too much but it seemed to be getting worse with time and rest.. not better…
Even my friend and riding buddy Tamaryn has not been able to ride her on occasion on account of her being too sore 🙁
She mentioned she might need shoes.. The stable owner has also said the same thing. I don’t really want to go that route if I don’t have to…
Tam said I should try meths (same as hoof hardener but cheaper) on her soles for a while and I have also ordered hoof assist supplements so I can see of that helps.
I have been riding her on the weekends anyway and some days she seems better than others. We had a gallop the other day and she didn’t seem phased..
So for now I am cleaning her hooves out every time I ride and painting her front soles with meths to try make them harder and will reassess the situation in a couple of weeks.