How Well Do You Care for Your Horse?

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Bit of an Amateur

Looks like your horse may not be getting the best treatment possible. Let’s review a few tips regarding how you can change that. Don’t worry, give it some dedication and you’ll have your horse healthy and comfortable in no time!

Based on your results, it seems as if you need to spend some extra time understanding your horse’s needs. Here are some basics on what your horse requires to stay healthy:

  1. Food: Keep your horse’s feed fresh and nutritious. Always look for high-quality hay that’s not too rich. Horses function very well on a basic local grass diet. You may need to supplement this diet with absorbable vitamins and minerals, as most soils are now somewhat depleted. Horses’ natural terrain is dry arid tundra. They are a bit like scavengers. Don’t treat them like house pets. Make sure that your horse always has easy access to clean water, as well. Be aware of your horse’s diet and stay away from sudden diet changes between seasons.
  2. Exercise: Horses require adequate exercise every day. In nature they will move somewhere between 10 - 20 miles per day, foraging for food or running with the herd. Ride often. Movement is essential to horses and you must find a way to encourage it. At home, give them lots of room and playmates to keep them active. If their hoofs are sore put boots on. Keep track of your horse’s rest and sleeping patterns and note any irregularities.
  3. Shelter: You should provide a safe and comfortable shelter for your horse which will give protection from weather conditions. Keep the shelter clean and make sure that it provides shade and acts as a barrier from the rain and wind. Your horse should be able to move in and out freely.
  4. Grooming: You should groom your horse daily, brushing and currying to keep him clean, stimulate blood circulation and allow for some quality time together. This will also help prevent parasites, expose any skin issues, and preserve overall health.

Now you know the horse care basics, but there’s one more critical step to achieving pristine horse health: eliminating the horseshoe. One of the most widely spread horse procedures is shoeing-- the hammering of metal directly into the live tissue on a horse’s hoof. This not only inhibits blood circulation, but also prevents proper shock absorption. Just imagine a small hoof carrying the weight of a 1000 pound horse, preventing hoof mechanism and redirecting shock back up the horse’s body every time that hoof lands on a hard surface. The numerous long-term consequences of shoeing include various hoof conditions, diseases, infections, and eventual lameness. There is, however, an alternative: the hoof boot.

What’s a Hoof Boot, and How Does It Work?

A horse’s optimal form of footwear is no footwear-- going barefoot not only allows the horse comfort, but also provides a multitude of other advantages:

  • Helps prevent swelling and inflammation
  • Promotes blood circulation to the lower legs
  • Reduces chance of stress fractures and impaction damage
  • Increases support throughout the entire body
  • Allows for proper coffin bone function to shock-absorb
  • Reduces lateral tension in lower leg

The hoof boot combines the best of both worlds, providing an easy alternative to metal shoeing that saves you time and money while saving your horse from restriction of proper hoof function and the resulting pain. As a removable wearable, the hoof boot allows the horse to roam barefoot most of the time, while the hoof functions naturally without restraints.

When you want to ride or take your horse out on terrain other than which the hoof is accustomed to, all you need to do is put on the simple and easy Cavallo Hoof Boots for your horse. Remember-- the average weight of rider and tack is about 200 pounds. That’s about 20% of the horse’s body weight, which pushes the hoof farther into the ground. Is that hoof more comfortable when protected? Absolutely, but not with metal shoes!

Cavallo Hoof Boots are the world’s most popular, trusted, and economical alternative to metal shoes, providing maximum traction and comfort for your horse. Cavallo offers 3 different uppers and 2 sole widths to provide custom fit for a secure, comfortable ride. Check out the Cavallo web site for more information regarding hoof boot varieties and their specific uses.

You Are Qualified

You’re already well on your way to becoming a horse expert! Just a little more work, and you’ll be there before you know it! Looks like you already understand your horse’s needs pretty well, but let’s review just in case. Here are some basic requirements to keep your horse healthy:

  1. Food: Keep your horse’s feed fresh and nutritious. Always look for high-quality hay that’s not too rich. Horses function very well on a basic local grass diet. You may need to supplement this diet with absorbable vitamins and minerals, as most soils are now somewhat depleted. Horses’ natural terrain is dry arid tundra. They are a bit like scavengers. Don’t treat them like house pets. Make sure that your horse always has easy access to clean water, as well. Be aware of your horse’s diet and stay away from sudden diet changes between seasons.
  2. Exercise: Horses require adequate exercise every day. In nature they will move somewhere between 10 - 20 miles per day, foraging for food or running with the herd. Ride often. Movement is essential to horses and you must find a way to encourage it. At home, give them lots of room and playmates to keep them active. If their hoofs are sore put boots on. Keep track of your horse’s rest and sleeping patterns and note any irregularities.
  3. Shelter: You should provide a safe and comfortable shelter for your horse which will give protection from weather conditions. Keep the shelter clean and make sure that it provides shade and acts as a barrier from the rain and wind. Your horse should be able to move in and out freely.
  4. Grooming: You should groom your horse daily, brushing and currying to keep him clean, stimulate blood circulation and allow for some quality time together. This will also help prevent parasites, expose any skin issues, and preserve overall health.

Those tips were pretty simple, right? But do you know about the most commonly overlooked equestrian problem...?

IT’S HORSESHOEING

Horseshoeing is the hammering of metal directly into the live tissue of a horse’s hoof. This is not only extremely painful for the horse, but also highly dangerous. The numerous long-term consequences of shoeing include various hoof conditions, diseases, infections, and eventual lameness.

Please don’t start fretting though. The process of horseshoeing has been in place for the past 1,500 years, and only recently have the negative effects of horseshoeing come to light. You are not alone if you think this ‘protects’ the hoof-- it’s faulty logic that we have all been following. Fortunately for caretakers like us, there have been significant strides made for an alternative to horseshoeing which will give our equestrian friends more comfort when they move. The result of all this research--? The Hoof Boot.

What’s a Hoof Boot and How Does It Work?

You see, the hoof is not a design flaw. We know this because it has carried the horse through its earthly evolution for about 50,000,000 years! A horse’s optimal form of footwear is no footwear: going barefoot not only allows the horse comfort, but also provides a multitude of other advantages:

  • Helps prevent swelling and inflammation
  • Promotes blood circulation to the lower legs
  • Reduces chance of stress fractures and impaction damage
  • Increases support throughout the entire body
  • Allows for proper coffin bone function to shock-absorb
  • Reduces lateral tension in lower leg

The hoof boot combines the best of both worlds, providing an easy alternative to shoeing that saves you time and money while saving your horse from restriction, dysfunction, contraction and pain. As a removable wearable, the hoof boot allows the horse to roam barefoot enjoying the freedom of nature without restraints.

When you want to ride or take your horse out on terrain other than which the hoof is accustomed to, all you need to do is put on the simple and easy Cavallo Hoof Boots for your horse. Remember-- the average weight of rider and tack is about 200 pounds. That’s about 20% of the horse’s body weight, which pushes the hoof farther into the ground. Is that hoof more comfortable when protected? Absolutely, but not with metal shoes!

Cavallo Hoof Boots are the world’s most popular, trusted, and economical alternative to metal shoes, providing maximum traction and comfort for your horse. Cavallo offers 3 different uppers and 2 sole widths to provide custom fit for a secure, comfortable ride. Check out the Cavallo web site for more information regarding hoof boot varieties and their specific uses.

The Horse Whisperer

Congratulations, you’re a horse expert! Your horse is very fortunate to have an experienced owner like you.

You definitely know your stuff when it comes to horses. And I’ll bet you know all about the most commonly overlooked equestrian problem…?

IT’S HORSESHOEING

Some of the unfortunate effects of horseshoeing include swelling, lameness, inflammation, and discomfort. This is because the horseshoes prevent blood circulation in the legs. Furthermore, the horseshoes hamper the lower leg coffin bones from properly functioning, which means shock isn’t being efficiently absorbed every time the hoofs hit the ground. The horseshoe instead transmits shock back up the horse’s structure. The numerous long-term consequences of shoeing include various hoof conditions, diseases, infections, and eventual lameness. Studies have even shown that shoeing causes stress fractures and impaction damage. But you know all this already, don’t you?

I do fret about all those shod horses, though. The process of horseshoeing has been in place for the past 1,500 years, and only recently have the negative effects of horseshoeing come to light. You are not alone if you think this ‘protects’ the hoof-- it’s faulty logic that we have all been following. Fortunately for caretakers like us, there have been significant strides made for an alternative to horseshoeing which will give our equestrian friends more comfort when they move.

  • Allowing horses to go barefoot will provide for the natural blood flow to take place in their legs, which will make them stronger again. However, their natural hoofs haven’t been conditioned for the aggressive terrain like asphalt, logging roads, and creek beds that we want to ride on. Their hooves condition to the terrain they are on for the majority of the time, which is usually soft bedded stalls and pastures. Add in the fact that the rider and saddle add an extra 200 pounds of weight, and that does not make for ideal conditions for your horse.
  • Some other options are either gluing on the shoes or nailing on rubber shoes. Gluing on the shoes entails using a lot of toxic glue that gets into the horse’s bloodstream. With rubber shoes, you would still be nailing on the shoes which would cause the same discomfort for your horse.
  • So what other options are left?

HOOF BOOTS

Cavallo Hoof Boots are the world’s most popular, trusted, and economical alternative to metal shoes. Cavallo Hoof Boots are easy to size and fit to the natural shape of the hoof, allowing the hoofs to function as nature had intended. This means your horse can traverse all terrain with maximum traction and comfort, even with extra weight on his back. The design of this removable wearable promotes distribution of blood flow, allows functional hoof mechanism, and absorbs shock without sending concussions back up the horse’s body.

Cavallo offers 3 different uppers and 2 sole widths to provide custom fit for a secure, comfortable ride. Check out the Cavallo web site for more information regarding hoof boot varieties and their specific uses.

Give Your Horse the Care She Deserves

Cavallo Hoof Boots give your horse 100% hoof protection, keeping him happy and natural as you traverse any terrain. Now you can strengthen the bond with your horse even further by providing your equestrian friend with health and comfort on your journeys together. Get your horse into Cavallo Hoof Boots today!

Give Your Horse the Care She Deserves

Cavallo Hoof Boots give your horse 100% hoof protection, keeping him happy and natural as you traverse any terrain. Now you can strengthen the bond with your horse even further by providing your equestrian friend with health and comfort on your journeys together. Get your horse into Cavallo Hoof Boots today!