Understanding Hoof Health

The hooves really are the window to the rest of the body. If there is any sort of health issue in the horse it will show up in the feet because the hooves are always growing and changing. Hooves can heal and strengthen, if only we understand and address the root causes of the problems.

There's 3 parts to successfully address hoof pathology and healing your horse's feet:

Define The Problem

We need to get clear on what the root cause of the problem is, rather than just focus on symptoms

Your Goal 

We need to know where we're trying to get to, if we want the  best chance of getting there.

A Plan

Now we need to figure out what we need to get us from where we are, to where we want to be.

Below are the most useful articles I've published to help you understand hoof problems and how to solve them.

Fix Your Horse's Hooves

It’s Not Normal For Barefoot Horses To Be Sore

It’s not normal for barefoot horses to be sore It’s not normal for a barefoot horse to be sore.Half of me can’t quite believe I have to say that, and the other half of me feels like I should say it again. It’s not normal for a barefoot horse to be sore. Well – now we know

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Does The Camera Lie?

Does The Camera Lie? We’ve all seen a photo of a friend at some point and hardly recognised them because they really don’t look like that. It can be the same with hooves. Hooves can be baffling to photograph. If the camera angle isn’t right the hoof can look completely different in real life compared

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What Do You Mean ‘My Horse is Footy’?

What Do You Mean’My Horse is Footy’? I often hear people, and see people online saying ‘my horse is footy’ but the other day I was asked a rather insightful question on the facebook page in response to a meme… What do you mean by ‘footy’? ‘Footy’ is a term we use a lot in

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How Important Is Hoof Balance?

How Important Is Hoof Balance? A lot of focus is placed on getting perfectly balanced hooves. We all look at the outside of the hoof capsule and make our judgement as to whether the hoof has been properly balanced by whoever has trimmed or shod it. But have we really considered what balance is, and

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Unsung Hero – The Ultimate Tool for Rehabilitating Hooves

Unsung Hero – The Ultimate Tool for Rehabilitating Hooves When it comes to rehabilitating hooves, there’s a little unsung hero. It doesn’t get the kind of attention nutrition does. Maybe because it’s not as complicated or confusing as nutrition sometimes is. Nutrition needs frequent and repeated discussions. Maybe because once you’ve done it, you sort

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Hoof Balance

Hoof Balance Good hoof balance should focus on more than just the feet. The focus should be on whole horse health. A healthy horse has healthy feet. The hooves are constantly regrowing and regenerating, so if there’s a health problem, it’s going to show up in the hooves. While having correctly balanced hooves is important,

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Strengthening Hooves – What You Need to Know!

Strengthening Hooves:What You Need to Know! Yes! We’ve finally got there! The nitty gritty of how to strengthen the hoof capsule! I feel a little mean though, because it may turn out just a little anti-climactic after the build up we’ve had! If you missed the awesome build up, then I’ve listed the articles below.

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A Sensitive Situation – Sensitive Hooves Demystified

A Sensitive Situation:Sensitive Hooves Demystified So in the last post we were talking about conditioning hooves to strengthen the hoof capsule so it’s able to function correctly and perform to a higher level.  But there’re more reasons for a horse to have sore feet, than lack of hoof structure.  Sensitive hooves are usually due to

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In Good Condition – Hoof Conditioning Guide

In Good Condition – Hoof Conditioning Guide Conditioning is a term used for so many things.  There’s mental conditioning or physical conditioning.  On both occasions it tends to be describing how robust the thing is.  How hard are you holding on to thought patterns that have been instilled in you, or how much physical strain

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Understanding Hoof Problems

White Line Separation

White Line Separation White line separation is a common problem, often causing great worry to horse owners, and leaving them obsessively scrubbing at the white lines digging out stones, and in what little time they have left, tearing their hair out. It doesn’t have to be that way though. It can’t always be completely fixed,

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Long Toe, Low Heels; How Leverage Affects Laminar Attachment

Long Toe, Low Heels;How Leverage Affects Laminar Attachment How much will the leverage caused by a long toe and low heels really weaken the laminar attachment of the hoof capsule? Let’s look at what’s really going on. What causes it and how can you stop it? Archimedes said he could move the earth if you

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Underrun Heels Explained Part 3

Underrun Heels ExplainedPart 3 What’s happening to the internal structures in a horse with underrun heels and how do the forces on the hoof capsule help or hinder the recovery? In part 1 we looked at the hoof capsule, In part 2 we looked at the position of the internal structures, Now let’s look at

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Underrun Heels Explained Part 2

Underrun Heels ExplainedPart 2  It’s what’s on the inside that counts… right? How do the distortions in the hoof capsule affect the internal structures of the foot? So we had a look at what was happening on the outside in Part 1 Hoofgeek.com/underrun-heels-explained There’s a few things that happen to the pedal bone when the heels underrun.

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Underrun Heels Explained

Underrun Heels ExplainedPart 1 Underrun heels are a very common problem (or pathology) with hooves. It’s so common to see underrun heels that many people don’t even realise that it’s not ‘normal’ for a hoof to be that shape. You’ll often hear them called low heels, though I’d argue that you can have low heels

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You Can’t Cure Laminitis!

You Can’t Cure Laminitis! Well that’s a bit of a defeatist attitude isn’t it! Stay with me here, there’s hope I promise… Horses can get over laminitis, I’m just not sure they can be cured of it. You see, laminitis isn’t a disease, really. Firstly, lets define some terms so we’re all on the same

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Flare – How Do You Stop It? When Should You Trim It?

Flare – How Do You Stop It? When Should You Trim It? Here’s a question from Jess, multi-part questions in fact.  I like multi-part questions 🙂 If you consistently trim away flare does it cease to grow back? Or does the mechanical stimulation from the rasp trick the hoof into thinking that it is wearing

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What Are Those Funny Lines On Your Horse’s Hooves?

What Are Those Funny Lines On Your Horse’s Hooves? I need to start with an apology. You may (or may not) have noticed I’ve been a bit MIA for a while. I’m sorry for that. I had a small problem, that was then made significantly worse by a reaction to pain medication. While I’m told

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Cracks Part 3: Why Cracks Get Worse

Cracks Part 3: Why Cracks Get Worse In Cracks Pt 1: The Real Cause of  Hoof Cracks we talked about imbalance in the horse and the hoof. In Cracks Pt 2: Hoof Wall Cracks we covered how the hoof landing affects the structure of the hoof wall and how different kinds of crack can develop. Now lets

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Cracks Part 2: Hoof Wall Cracks

Cracks Part 2: Hoof Wall Cracks  In Cracks Pt 1: The Real Cause of Hoof Cracks we were talking about what forces were acting on the hoof capsule during the stride. These uneven forces can create distortions in the hoof capsule and cracks can develop in sites of weakness. Having these forces going in directions they weren’t

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Cracks Part 1: The Real Cause of Hoof Cracks

Cracks Part 1: The Real Cause of Hoof Cracks Hoof cracks seem to cause a lot of worry and stress for horse owners. Even tiny little ones. I think there’s a number of reasons for this: 1. You can easily see them as they’re visible without having to pick the foot up 2. They look

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