Horse Foot Problems

ArticleHow To - HealthFriday 15 January 2010
Horse Hoof Problems

Horse foot problems are extremely common with horses due to the immense weight they carry, despite the area being so small. Horse infections in the feet can cause a lot of discomfort and pain for your horse, so it is a good idea to try and figure out what it is straight away. Learn how to detect horse foot infections by following the advice outlined below.


This horse foot infection is caused by bacteria that form in conditions that are wet with little oxygen. Black puss, as well as a bad smell, are the symptoms of thrush in a horse. To avoid this, ensure your horse’s feet are cleaned on a regular basis properly. For treatment, you will need to get a farrier to clean out the hooves thoroughly and use some ointment.


The tiny bone inside of a horse’s hoof is named the navicular bone. When this deteriorates your horse will have navicular. With this horse foot problem your horse will try to place as little weight as it can on the front feet, and will move around in short strides. The condition can be treated with some medication to promote blood flow, but this will not eradicate the infection.

Quarter Crack

This is when cracks appear in a horse’s hoof, either at the top or the bottom. To avoid this keep the horse’s hooves conditioned and trimmed properly. If you do not these cracks can result in lameness, bleeding and other horse infections.

Clubbed Feet

This horse foot problem is characterised by a hoof that is stood up too straight. Depending on the severity of the club foot, treatment ranges from lowering the heels, to surgery in worse cases.


This horse infection is in the form of a dark spot on the underneath of the horse’s hoof. The abscess can be drain by your vet and antibiotics may be given.


This kind of horse foot infection is when inflammation occurs in the hoof.  If this goes untreated long enough it will most probably result in painful and permanent lameness.

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