A horse is measured in hooves, which come in two distinct sizes, with the smallest hooves being equal to four inches long. An equine which measures less than this size, 2.5 inches at the hind legs (the crest between their front shoulders) is said to be a miniature horse, while those that fall under the threshold of this size are classified as a pony.
Horses are distinguished by their coats, a coat that is either mane or tail-length, as well as their color; some horses have a brownish coat while others have white markings on their skins.
The hooves of a horse should be examined using the naked eye as well as being touched to the ground. Their hooves should be firm and smooth; this will be apparent when they have been trodden, although they may be uneven.
It is also important for a horse to have its hooves rubbed as this will help to stimulate the blood circulation. A thorough examination of the hooves is necessary to detect any injuries, especially if the horse is suffering from pain.
When the hooves of a horse are rubbed or bruised, it is essential to ensure that the hooves of the horse are checked by the veterinarian before the horse gets back to work. If the horse has been injured in the hooves, it is vital to get it treated right away.
If not treated, a damaged hoof can lead to infection, and this can make it more difficult for the horse to perform at its best. The hooves should be examined in a vet’s clinic, as they could be a sign of other conditions that are more serious than a bruise.
Hooves that are not kept clean and are left unruffled may indicate the horse has gout, which can be a very painful condition to deal with. Gout in horses can be treated by taking the hooves out often and keeping them covered with an anti-inflammatory cream and also applying a cream that helps to prevent the formation of uric acid crystals.
Another symptom of gout is if a horse’s hooves begin to hurt, but the pain is not extreme, it can be quite normal as a reaction to the pain caused by the condition of the hooves themselves. In fact, it is recommended that the horse is given extra care to prevent this from occurring and to reduce the amount of pain it.
As a result of the hooves, a horse needs to keep clean and as free of debris as possible. This is because they can accumulate debris such as mud and dead skin, and hair that can become trapped inside of them. This can make the hooves difficult to brush and remove and cause a problem if not removed as soon as possible.