When it comes to weather and a horse’s environment, there are two main factors that impact hoof health:
How temperature and moisture can affect the sole:
• In cooler climates, foot growth slows down. Thus, trimming happens less often.
• Warmer weather causes the foot to grow normally, and therefore requires trimming and maintenance more regularly.
• Changes in the environment, such as wet-to dry, in a short amount of time can cause chipping and cracking, and the shoe size may change.
• A cold and wet environment can cause thrush, bacterial infection that lives in the