Pro-Active Hoofcare for Racing Thoroughbreds

“Medicate me,” pleads a four-year-old campaigner's raw heel bulb. “The hind foot doesn't mean to grab that quarter, it just does.” “Feed me,” cajoles a young filly's chipped hoof wall.  “I need more nutrients.” Glue me?' suggests the thin-soled three-year-old stakes horse. “You know I hate the pressure of those nails.” Every hoof has a story to tell, and trainers who learn to listen may prevent weak or diseased hooves from compromising a horse’s ability to train or start. An experienced horseman knows the signs of trouble, but the trick is in making sure that the stable crew knows, too, so that early signs can be tackled before they become major problems. One of the biggest problems for horses in the racing game is that they are part of a sub-set of the horse population that is known for having thin walls, thinner soles, frequent cracks and slow growth. You…

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