Use Your Smartphone to Document Horse Hoof Condition
Over time, it can be hard to remember exactly how your horse’s feet looked. A photo record provides an easy way to gauge progress when your farrier is working to correct a problem. Photos also come in handy when evaluating how well a hoof care product is working. You can scroll back to “before” photos to see how your horse’s feet have changed over the weeks and months. Put your smartphone to use and take close up photos of your horse’s hooves before and after trimming or shoeing. The horse should be standing still on a flat, even surface. If you want to photograph the sole, have your farrier (or a horse friend) hold the hoof still so you can snap the photo.
No matter what breed your horse is, no matter how young or old he may be, no matter what style of riding you enjoy, it all comes down to soundness. You won’t get far without it. It might be that poor feet or lameness concerns are limiting your horse’s potential, or even interrupting your riding schedule. Or perhaps your horse isn’t having trouble now, but you have serious riding goals and don’t want anything to interfere. Any of these situations are reason enough to stop and ask yourself: “Am I doing everything possible to ensure the health and soundness of my horse? Can I do anything more to help strengthen his foundation?”...