Hoof Care Professional

Gino Reitsema

Hoof Health

The following aspects will affect the condition of the hooves:

The manner and frequency of the Hoof Care:
It is important that proper Hoof Care is performed on a regular basis. How often can differ a lot and is dependent on several factors. For example the circumstances under which a horse lives.

General lifestyle and environment:
The way a horse is kept will of course affect the health of the horse and therefore also the Hoof Health. When a horse feels good this will positively affect the overall health of the horse and therefore also the Hoof Health. Hooves will reflect the well-being of the horse.

Horse feed needs to be low in sugar and protein. It is rich in Fiber and contains sufficient vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and omega fatty acids. Forage is best for horses. It is better to limit sugary and protein-rich foods as much as possible. This generally applies to all horse breeds, but the cold-blooded breeds in particular are very sensitive to this and can therefore develop all kinds of (hoof) problems.

The amount of movement:
Wild horses travel great distances on hard and dry surfaces. Lots of movement stimulates Hoof Health through the constant process of wear and growth. A horse has to be able to move every minute of the day.

Regular scratching out and cleaning of the hooves promotes Hoof Health. The frog of the hoof in particular suffers a lot from the effects of ammonia in horse droppings.