Learn tips on how to care for horse hooves in this free equestrian-care video.

Expert: Sharon Booth
Bio: Sharon Booth is the founding breeder for Goldenrod Performance Horses. She has been breeding , training, riding and showing horses for 35 years.
Filmmaker: Jay Windland


25 Responses to How to Care for Horses : How to Care for Horse Hooves

  1. Anonymous says:

    The horse world is full of know-it-alls who in reality, don’t know anything.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I tried to pick the hoof and i push firmly, but gently, and i could not get any of the dirt out….

  3. Anonymous says:

    @0061845Caroline Yes you can, because sometimes stones get in the v shape and it is painful sometimes if it is a big stone. I check my horses hooves everyday, well try to he is a 3 yr old gelding and he gets anlittle hot tempered and plus with his old owners they didn’t mess with him much. And he has overgrown hooves that we are trying to get taken care of.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Can you pick a horses hoof even if it doesnt have shoes on?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I believe some horses do need shoes. I prefer if they don’t but sometimes you cant help it. A lot of horses I know have shoes just so they can ride on different surfaces and balance out their hoofs. Also, I don’t pick horses back feet up like that. I stretch it out further so its leg isn’t bunched up. Also don’t say you don’t want your horse to have shoes because they don’t do it in the wild. In the wild, you wouldn’t be riding them would you?

  6. Anonymous says:

    You know in my opinion i would much rather have a horse be barefoot, but sometimes it’s good for them to have shoes for health reasons.. :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    wow lot of know alls on here…

  8. Anonymous says:

    (cont) showing that shoes restrict blood flow, they tested this on many horses and the results were all almost the same. Regardless of age or breed.

    Another problem I have with shoes is that when one horse kicks another, it will be so much worse for the horse being kicked. Horse’s can withstand a blow from a bare foot horse but from one who is shod, it is so much worse. I think it’s just cruel. I know people who won’t allow horses with back shoes to be turned out with their horse.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe this video. They show a person wrestling with their horse to lift the back hoof. This horse either has not been trained in lifting his feet, he has not been trained to give to pressure or the horse does not respect the person trying to lift his foot.
    As for shoes, I think they restrict the natural action of the horse when he walks. I’ve seen a study also where they use heat detection cameras on two horses, one shod, one barefoot, the shod horse’s feet were colder… (cont)

  10. Anonymous says:

    she just lets the horses hoof fall down!!!!! always set it down gently!!! they dont know what they are talking about….

  11. Anonymous says:

    Ok, Ok, Ok. I know I’m being stereotypical, But i am VERY against shoeing horses. All the horses I ride are barefoot besides little Pepsi, who needs shoes in the front for medical reasons.

  12. Anonymous says:

    You´ve never heard of one? I´ve seen some! For real! The rate of wear as well as the growth of the hoof depends on many things! First of all, the quality of the hoof, the size and weight of the horse, how often and where you ride, the stable and many other things! I´ve seen hoofes word down to the sole, with a bloodred whiteline! Bad hoof quality, wrong stable! – And never compare a wild horses hoof with hoofes of our domesticated horses! They´re completely different! Serious!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Yeah….. and always clean your horses face with warm water…. and remember: if you freeze, your horse freezes too and HAS to wear a blanket! Or better: two of them! And if your horse doesn´t want his hoofes to be trimmed, tell the farrier to go home! And if your horse kicks the farrier, it tells you, you´ve got the wrong farrier… and… and… and… if you want to know about hoof care??? Ask a woman! Only women know about….. scratch scratch scratch – healthy hoof!!! LOL

  14. Anonymous says:

    you are quite correct, I don´t know his medical history, which is why I politely asked what the stifle problem was. As a professional equine podologist I am always interested in every case I come across and want to constantly learn more.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Honestly, I know that those shoes helped him and made him comfortable and happy. It doesnt matter to me what you or anyone else thinks about it. The way he improved is enough to know that it worked for him. If you dont like shoes or dont think he needed them then whatever. Think what you want, you dont know him or his medical history or anything about him. What may work for one horse may not work for another, shoes happened to work for him. I dont know what else to tell you lol

  16. Anonymous says:

    I´m very interested to know what exactly is his stifle problem! I have a mare who came to me with a contracted extensor muscle and removing her shoes, balancing her hooves, changing her diet and correct therapeutic massage therapy resolved it.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Omg lol, my horse needed shoes for his stifles, not his actual hooves. So yes, he did need them. Thankyou

  18. Anonymous says:

    Poor Hoofrise – intentions are good, but maybe over zealous with answers. No horse needs shoes. Take a look at some of my vids which back up what I´m saying.  Take a look at my web site. Sadly ´expert village´ don´t vet their vids before they post them

  19. Anonymous says:

    Check out all 36 of the Houston Mounted Police BAREFOOT. Check out the majority of Endurance horses BAREFOOT. Informed owners of grand prix jumpers, dressage riders & steeple chasers BAREFOOT. There are barefoot polo ponies, barrel racers, the list is endless. That´s because their owners have educated themselves about true hoof function. A shod hoof doesn´t function, causes long term damage 2 the liver, kidneys & heaven knows what hidden damage to shoulders, knees, hips etc

  20. Anonymous says:

    Showing a hoof with toes about 1″ to long, contracted frogs and saying that´s a strong, cared for hoof is another misleading guide from expert village. talking about slapping products on the hoof for strength – again complete rubbish. A healthy hoof comes from inside, a good diet, but all the while it is shod it will NEVER be healthy.

  21. Anonymous says:

    yea, also domesticated horses stay in the same place. you stay in the same place all the time and you poop where you please, your bound to step in it. in the wild, horses travel more and cover more area, therefore sheer probability/area they step in manure is greatly reduced. and naked hoofs may not get worn down to the quik in the wild, but if youve ever seen police horses, if they dont wear steel shoes, the asphalt and cement would wear down their hooves fast.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hoofrise, You need to be quiet. If you think you could do so much better, you go out and make a video of your horse and you cleaning it’s hooves. If you can’t say anything nice, Don’t say anything at all. Keep your comments to yourself. Thanks.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hoofrise, You need to be quiet. If you think you could do so much better, you go out and make a video of your horse and you cleaning it’s hooves. If you can’t say anything nice, Don’t say anything at all. Keep your comments to yourself. Thanks.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Thank for this advice! I really needed it! This was a great way to show us Horse people how to take care of hoofs!

  25. Anonymous says:

    jesus, she’s cleaning out the hoof so fast, it’s a wonder she didn’t hurt the poor thing.