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Not unlike a bicycle with a flat tire, a horse with poor hooves has restricted usefulness. People often discuss and even debate the best hoof practices for horses. Often times though, misinformation is fully accepted as truth. Here are a few misconceptions concerning hoof care in horses.

It is a myth that white hooves are softer and therefore more apt to develop problems than horses with black hooves. The color a horse’s hooves are determined by the color of the skin above it. That is, a horse with white markings just above the hoof will likely carry that pigmentation into the hoof itself. This is what determines the color of the hoof. There is no difference in softness as far as color is concerned. Just like many other traits in horses, soft hooves are a product of genetics more than anything.

Another myth is that all horses need hoof supplements added to their existing diets. Whether or not your horse needs a hoof supplement depends solely on what you are feeding him. If the horse's diet is nutritionally balanced, then there quite simply is no need for additional supplements. There are complete feeds available that contain all the necessary nutrients for a hoof healthy horse.

Many people believe a horse can contract thrush by merely standing on wet ground. Bacteria and fungi need to be present in order to contract thrush, wet conditions alone are not a threat. This infection is more likely caused by poor stall conditions. Proper cleaning and trimming of your horse’s hooves and the regular cleaning of stalls will decrease the chances of contracting this condition.

It is important to regularly trim your horse’s hooves. At Trim Tec, we carry the proper hoof trimming tools you need to maintain healthy hooves.