Pastured horse

I recently relocated my horse to a pasture from a 24/7 stall. The pasture has some clover in it as well as vegetation indigenous to the Gulf coastal area of ...I recently relocated my horse to a pasture from a 24/7 stall. The pasture has some clover in it as well as vegetation indigenous to the Gulf coastal area of ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Hi Dr. Lowder,

I recently relocated my horse to a pasture from a 24/7 stall. The pasture has some clover in it as well as vegetation indigenous to the Gulf coastal area of Houston, Tx. My mare is an 11 yr old breeding stock paint (although a recent shoer reported to me that per her teeth, she’s more like 12-15 yrs old).

She has 4 striped hooves and white line disease. What might you caution me on for my mare being out on pasture and receiving oats and sweet feed once a day? The sweet feed I use is Omolene 100 (1 scoop) and the oats (1 scoop) not brand specific, but always the rolled/crimped version.

I’ve been told by some to feed a pelleted feed due to her age. I also feed 2 scoops a day of Absorbine Hooflex supplement to keep her hooves healthier and prevent any further problems. She is keeping her weight well with the feed I currently use and she is paste wormed (rotating wormers and brands) every 3 months.

Any suggestions you have at all I would really appreciate. By the way, I would like to know your opinion on whether or not it is healthy to shoe a horse with white line diseased hooves; she is pleasure ridden once or twice a week at this time, but I do plan on using her for barrel racing in the near future and need to know if it is necessary to shoe her for this purpose.

Thank you,
Autumn

Autumn,

If you have good pasture the mare may not need any feed (grain) at all. I would just stay with the oats and the hoof supplement. It is OK to shoe a horse with white line disease. The big thing is to remove the disease hoof.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder