This year has seen an awful lot of rain and snow across Britain and as a consequence our paddocks are suffering and affecting our horses’ hooves. Winter management of our horses can sometimes increase the chances of horses developing hoof problems. Bethan-May Williams from Kevin Bacon’s Horse Care has this helpful advice

Horses are often turned away for winter out in fields and there is less attention looking at the condition of their hooves. Horses turned away during these months will have often undergone a big change in environment, if they have been stabled prior to being turned away. The hooves will then have to adapt from being in a dry environment to a very wet one during these months. Horses standing out in damp, wet fields all day for prolonged periods will have an effect on hooves, similar to that if your nails were wet for a prolonged period, they would become very soft and weak.

Read more about coping with adverse weather conditions in our April issue.

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