The equine hoof is a great example of Mother Nature’s engineering capabilities. Consider the size and weight of a horse relative to the size of a hoof, and how fast horses can run or how high they can jump; it’s amazing how so much is supported by so little. A horse’s hooves play a key role in its ability to survive and function. Without solid, sound feet, you have no horse, so understanding hoof anatomy is extremely important.
Each industry and profession tends to have its own jargon, and horse farriers are no different. As a horse owner, you should be able to understand what your farrier is telling you about your horse; otherwise, you may miss out on important information. It’s also worthy to note that you should ask your farrier questions if you don’t understand. Farriers want their clients to feel good about what they’re doing and how they’re addressing any concerns you may have. Whether you’re a seasoned horseman or new to horse ownership, a refresher on farrier work and terminology is always helpful.
A horse’s natural environment is outside in lush green pastures with room to explore, hanging out and interacting with other members of their herd. Due to geographic location, barn set-up, injury or severe weather, any sort of lengthy pasture time may not be an option. When horses are restricted in box stalls or smaller turnouts, they can become bored, grumpy and sometimes even destructive!