July 08, 2017
How to Manage Thin Soles with Pour-In Pad Materials
How to identify if a horse has thin soles:
- A horse is lame
- A horse is uncomfortable walking around
- Soles are soft and flexible when touched
Potential causes of thin soles:
- Changing Environments: A wet environment weakens the sole, and abrasion from rough surfaces wears down the sole quickly.
- Genetic Predisposition: Some horses, like thoroughbreds, have thin soles naturally, so it’s important that hoof care professionals are aware of it and avoid overtrimming during routine visits and shoeing.
- Over Trimming: Hoof care professionals should be aware of whether a horse has thick or thin soles to determine how much to trim and what padding is needed for the horse to remain comfortable and healthy.
- Age: As a horse gets older, especially around the age of eight or nine, hoof growth slows down, and it becomes difficult for the sole thickness to keep up with the wear and tear of ground surfaces.
How farriers can manage and protect thin soles:
- It’s critical that a hoof care professional examines the hooves regularly to monitor sole thickness
- Apply pour-in pads to protect the remaining sole that’s left and allow more sole to grow Utilize pour-in pads to act as a “fake sole” for the horse, which prevents abrasive ground surfaces from wearing down a horse’s actual sole.
- Utilize pour-in pads to act as a “fake sole” for the horse, which prevents abrasive ground surfaces from wearing down a horse’s actual sole.