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Fall Wellness Countdown

Nine horse health essentials to check off your list before winter.

Each season change brings its own set of challenges and opportunities. Here are the most important checkpoints to carefully consider this season before the snow and ice arrive to make life harder for you and your horse.

HOOF CARE

“Fall is the best time of year for the hoof,” says Brandon Hickman of Hickman Farrier Services in Signal Mountain, Tenn. “Depending on the weather, the nutrients taken in during the spring and summer months are now reaching the hoof. I often see that, for most horses, the hoof wall is better in the fall. Nature seems to be preparing the hoof to be as strong as possible for the approaching colder weather.”

Hickman offers the following hoof care advice for fall.

INSPECT PASTURES: Closely monitor pastures that include or are near wooded areas. Some species of trees produce acorns, nuts and fruits such as apples and pears at this time of year. While many horse owners already know that laminitis and founder caused by grass are of particular concern, they don’t realize that a horse can also founder, or at the very least colic, from overeating these foods.

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