Question: Will aging affect my older horse's hooves?
Will there be any difference in hoof growth in your older horse? Do senior horses have any hoof care needs?
Answer: Good hoof care should continue throughout a horse's life. Hoof growth may slow down in an older horse but regular hoof care is important. It may be uncomfortable for your horse to hold its foot up for the farrier for a long length of time. Try doing stretching exercises such as Tteam leg lifts to help your horse maintain balance and flexibility. If your horse is very uncomfortable during farrier work, talk to your veterinarian about administering pain relievers. Don’t let feet get overgrown as that may put more pressure on joints that may already be arthritic or stressed.