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Hoof-scratches are a must in your horse care set. To remove sludge, stones, dirt and other dirt from your horse's hoofs, a hoof-scratcher is a care product you do not want to do without! Choose one or two hoof-scratches, with or without a hairbrush, and keep some of these practical care implements close by so that you can choose your horse's hoof every single working day for healthy hoof wellbeing.
Choosing a hoof
Hoof cleansing is an important part of the art of horsework. Before and after horseback ride, you should select a horse's hoofs to prevent bruises from stones or rubble. In addition, regular hoof cleansing and inspection can also help you detect anomalies such as odours, bruises, cracks or loosened boots; if you experience a fault, contact your vet or blacksmith to find the right measures to correct the fault.
First of all, however, here are the necessary precautions to choose a horse's hoof correctly and safely: Make sure that your horse is strapped or that an assistent is grabbing it. Stand next to your horse's shoulders (for his forefeet) or hips (for his hindquarters), face towards your horse's cock.
Hold your legs together and turn away from your horse to make sure your ankles are not kicked unintentionally when he puts his in. Decrease the strain on your back by leaning against your knee while leaning forward to receive his base. Put your hands over your horse's legs to indicate that you want him to raise his heel.
Dependent on your horse and how co-operative it is to raise his legs, you may need to use your shoulders to support some force against him to heal him. Don't sit too much! To ask him to raise his ankle, use a word like "hoof up" or "pick up".
When he raises his ankle, keep his limb by the ankle or coronal ligament (just above the foot) or keep it under the hoof itself to provide rest. Begin with a hoof pick to remove stones, mud or other residues from the environment of the wolf (the meaty "triangle" on the underside of its foot).
When your horse is walking on footwear, track the inside of the footwear to search for and take away sebbles. In the case of a bare-footed horse, the hoof soles (underside of the hoof) must be cleaned with the hoof walls (outer hoof capsule). As soon as your horse's feet are cleaned, place your horse's hoof softly on the floor.
Put his feet on the ground instead. Be especially careful when you lower older, arthropodic hoofs, as falling a pediatric leg can cause discomfort or upset its natural state. Do this again with the other three hoofs. Many thanks to Lauren and her Frisian horse Pyter, who showed how to choose the right hoof!