Five Most Common Hoof Problems in Horses

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Lifestyle News J E 4

PINEHURST, N.C., Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Assisi Animal Health developed the Assisi Loop®, an effective non-pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory device (NPAID®) that works as a PEMF therapy for animals. The Loop helps heal wounds and relieve pain in horses, dogs, and cats. The company shares five common hoof problems in horses.

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Thrush. Thrush is a common infection of the frog of the hoof and is often associated with wet, soiled conditions. This foul-smelling infection that causes a black discharge can invade a horse's sensitive tissue and may cause lameness. Keeping stalls clean and dry will help prevent thrush.

Hoof cracks. Horizontal cracks or blowouts can be caused by injury to the hoof wall. Treatment options include determining and removing the cause, or patching it. A quarter crack is a vertical split that happens in the side of the hoof.   When noting this type of crack, pay attention to the horse's balance and have a good farrier visit to stabilize the hoof. Grass cracks—most often seen in long, unshod horses—can be corrected with trimming and shoeing.

Hoof abscess. This is an infection inside the hoof, which can result in sudden and severe lameness or sporadic lameness. Caused by a foreign body, bruising, or trauma, treatment options include draining the abscess, removing the foreign body, soaking the hoof in warm water and Epsom salt, and keeping the hoof injury protected.

Laminitis. Symptoms of laminitis—an inflammation of the sensitive laminae of the hoof—causes lameness, a. reluctance to bear weight, and warm hooves. It requiresimmediate veterinary treatment. Treatment options include regular shoeing or trimming, maintaining short toes, using heel wedges, and frog and sole support.

Navicular syndrome. This syndrome can describe any type of heel pain in the hoof—usually involving the navicular bone, bursa, ligaments or soft tissue structures. Symptoms include lameness and the tendency of the horse to land on their toe first because of the heel pain. Consult a vet for treatment options.

Assisi Animal Health's clinical solutions complete the Circle of Care® — the collaboration of veterinarians and owners in animal health and healing. Our company helps veterinary professionals and owners improve the quality of life for companion animals using the Assisi Loop, the non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical healing device that is based on the same FDA-cleared technology used on humans. The device uses low-level pulses of electromagnetic energy to reduce pain and swelling, and to enhance recovery.

Media Contact: Kaysie Dannemiller, Assisi Animal Health, 8668307342,

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