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14013 Georgia East Hwy 136
LaFayette, GA, 30728

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At Georgia Horseshoeing School, we train farriers by providing knowledge and skill at the highest level. Using the latest technology, we provide farriers with the best education possible. Learn corrective horseshoeing, hoof repair, gait analysis, blacksmithing and business management for horseshoers.

Weather and the Environment Determines Hoof Conditions

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Weather and the Environment Determines Hoof Conditions

Ginger C.

The environment plays a 100% role and soggy wet feet make soft hooves. They break off easier, wear down and are just hard to keep trimmed in a normal hoof shape and up off the sole! Educating the owner helps ease tension and ill feelings between you, the farrier. 

Here in Georgia, the weather has been extremely wet & even the heavy overnight dew contributes to lost shoes, sometimes even at 4 weeks! Thrush and abscesses have been problems. We suggest to the owner to keep their horse in dry areas at night and out on dry pastures during the day. The amount of dew on the grass from daylight till noon or so it OK, and better than 12-14 hours of overnight dew. Cleaning out the hooves every day is an IDEAL situation.

This photo shows how wet conditions and standing in a pond area and walking on rocks have caused an abscess at the hoof wall, unknown to the owner.  After, trimming, cleaning, soaking and shoeing with a corrective shoe, the owner can keep it clean DAILY and promised to place in a dry lot or pen. We also suggested hoof supplements to encourage healthy hoof growth.  And, no riding until the next farrier visit.

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