Briefings: March 2020

Pictured Above: Pour-in pads seal out moisture and prevent debris from being packed in the horse’s foot.

Maintaining Hoof Moisture is Key in Foot Health

One of the best things horse owners and farriers can do for horses is hydrate their hooves consistently, says Tab Pigg, an Azle, Texas, certified journeyman farrier and Vettec technical specialist.

Maintaining consistent hoof hydration starts with understanding the horse’s environment. If a horse encounters
different ground surfaces throughout the day, a hoof sealant or water repellent can help the hoof repel outer moisture and retain what it already has. A hoof
sealant used before sending a horse out to the grass in the morning and then again before bathing can temporarily block water from getting to the foot.

For extended weather changes, a more permanent solution will help. Pour-in pad materials bond to a horse’s sole to form a platform between it and the ground. This platform helps
maintain hydration by blocking water from passing through, limiting moisture fluctuation. With proper hoof care and an eye on moisture, horses will thrive no matter what Mother Nature brings.

California Bill Takes Aim at Horse Racing Safety

After three more horses died in the new year at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., state Sen. Bill Dodd introduced his second legislation in an effort to improve safety in horse racing.

Dodd’s bill builds on the reforms established in 2019. The senate bill allowed the California Horse Racing Board to discontinue racing events at tracks deemed as…

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