It may seem like grooming your pet is an easy task and quite a number of owners of pets do opt to do it themselves which allows them to spend some one-on-one time together. Although this can be a good idea, at times pet owners themselves may unwittingly harm their pets and their pets could also harm them by accident.
Hooves are tough, solid structures of a horses feet that have soles covered with a solid wall made up of keratin. Despite their hard appearance, hoof diseases in horses do exist and the illness must be immediately cured if the horse is to survive and not suffer lameness.
The most common hoof ailments in horses include:
Signs: lameness, a visible red sole area, painful reaction when touching the sole
Cause: an injury due to stepping on hard objects
Treatment: limiting horse movement, letting the animal move on softer ground, attachment of temporary pads to ease the pain, application of antibiotics on the affected area
Signs: lameness, the horse favoring its back feet while standing