What to do When Your Horse Loses a Shoe

Having secure shoes is probably the most important thing for a horse. Riding a horse who is missing a shoe can lead to major health problems for the horse. There are many different circumstances under which a horse can lose his shoe. If you handle the situation properly you can dramatically improve your horse’s chances for a full recovery. If you see that your horse has lost a shoe while riding, get off your horse immediately. Do not attempt to ride your horse again until he has a real shoe on. Look around the area to see if you can find the missing horse shoe. Discarded horse shoes contain nails that can cause problems if left alone. Check your horse’s foot to make sure the shoe has come completely off. Often times, when a shoe has thrown pieces of the hoof may come off as well which is a major health hazard for the horse. If you see that the hoof is bleeding, get help from a professional?right away. If your horse’s hoof looks ok and is not bleeding, check carefully for any remaining nails. Nails in the hoof can impair the horse’s ability to walk. Attempt to walk your horse to the stable and check over?the hoof more carefully once you arrive. Hoof boots are very useful in this situation, if you have one -? you’re in luck. If you do not have a hoof boot, dress the hoof with a gamgee and wrap tightly with vet wrap, then wrap tightly with duct tape. Now you can safely put the horse back in his stall. Try to have a farrier reshoe the horse as soon as possible.

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