Farrier visits PHAASE
Dan the farrier came to PHAASE today Saturday 15th November to carry out some nail trimming to five of our horses. Dan who comes from Bradford on Avon had to endure four and a half years of training to become a farrier. He has been in the business for over 10 years and is a regular visitor to PHAASE.
As you can see the horses are at ease with Dan, the picture to the right shows Dan trimming Gypsy's hoof, she was so willing she even lifted her leg up without even being asked, so she knows there is not going to be any pain, otherwise she would of been off.
Even horses need their nails clipping much the same as humans, this is carried out about every five to six weeks or as required. But like any treatment is does not come cheap, and with five horses to do this does eat into the coffers. This is only one of the services Dan carries out, he also shoes the horses as well, but that is not as often. It was an early start at PHAASE this morning with Dee, Gina and Tracy all on hand to help keep the horses calm while Dan does his magic.
The two things which can directly affect the health of the hoof are diet and exercise. Observers of wild horse populations note that the equine hoof stays in notably better condition when horses are in a herd situation and are free to move around 24 hours a day, as wild horses do, permitting good circulation inside the hoof. It is recommended that horses be allowed to walk at least 5 miles per day for optimum hoof health. The terrain should be varied, including gravel or hard surfaces and a water feature where the hooves can be wet occasionally. Diet is very important too, as changes in feed can directly affect hoof health, most notably seen in cases of laminitis. Even some lots of hay may be high enough in sugar to cause laminitis. A healthy diet for horses currently with or prone to laminitis is based on free access to hay that has been tested for carbohydrate content and found to be less than 10% WSC + starch, some mineral supplementation, with no grain. Feeds and forage with high levels of sugar (carbohydrates) correlate with higher risk of clinical or sub clinical laminitis and with other hoof ailments.Natural hoof supplements can be used as a boost to the immune systems of horses when concerned with laminitis or other hoof ailments. d-Biotin supplements, often including the sulfur-containing amino acid dl-Methionine, are commonly known natural supplements that are effective for managing hoof health.
If you are in the Warminster vicinity and feel you would like to be more involved, and perhaps join our team.
Please call Dee on 01373 832484.