Mustang Roll

If you are a horse owner it’s more than likely that you’ve heard the term mustang roll. It’s a way of trimming the hoof of the horse into a gentle, smooth, rounded edge. The purpose being to take pressure of the outer hoof wall. It helps the horse to stay balanced, and alleviates strain on the horse’s tendons and ligaments. (This is to my best understanding, I’m not a professional barefoot trimmer, or farrier.)

During my last visit to “wild horse country” I had the opportunity to zoom in on a couple wild mustangs hooves, as they were crossing a country road. The problem of them crossing roads is a completely different story, but I thought it was very interesting to see how healthy their hooves looked. It’s natural for horses to move around a lot, and when they do, there hooves usually stay very healthy. The first photo is of a pregnant, middle age (8-14 year old) mustang mare. The second is a stallion.



These horses eat the native grasses, sage brush, and other plants with low nutritional value. They graze, and move around most of their waking hours. This is natural for them. This photos were taken in Nevada’s high desert, in December. Look at their beautiful coat, healthy weight, and beautiful hooves! These photos are not available in my gallery, I just wanted to share them with you. It makes me incredibly happy to see horses in good health. If you are a horse owner, what’s your take on hoof care? Hoof care during winter? Is it more challenging to care for your horse/horses hooves during winter?

All the best,
Maria Jansson


12 thoughts on “Mustang Roll

  1. Looking at those horses crossing the road, I tried to think of a joke about zebra crossings, then decided to spare you.
    (If you don’t have ‘Zebra Crossings’ in America/Sweden, then it would have been lost on you anyway.

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  2. Interesting post, I have always wondered about how Mustangs keep their hooves healthy. By the way, isn’t that the railroad crossing on the way to Virginia City? If it is, we were stopped there waiting for a train to go by on motorcycles, not an easy stop since it in on a hill. I remembered that! lol

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    • It is! It can be a very challenging stop, especially during winter. One car decided to not stop while this large (around 20 horses,) crossed the road, he just honked, and pushed in between horses. One foal got behind the rest of the herd, I stopped a couple trucks, to give him some space to cross. The rest of the herd was almost put of sight for him. Poor little boy. Roads, and horses is not a good combination.


  3. I had to zoom in on the hooves too!

    Winter hoof care, continue as usual, pick feet no less than 4 times per week ever, and plenty of exercise plus free walking around for best circulation, sole and frog stimulation.
    For stalled horses, picking feet less than 5 times per week is asking for huge trouble…


  4. My horse is turned out during the day but otherwise stabled. He is shod in front and barefoot behind. He will be in Florida during the winter but just before he left there was snow. If I was staying home for the winter I would have to use snow pads so the snow does not ball up in the shod hooves. I pick out his feet everyday and he is trimmed every five weeks. I also use keratex as he was thin soled and prone to abscess when I first got him,now his feet are very good. Most dressage horses are shod all round but he seems to do well without the hind shoes. Enough from me! I love the stallion! What a handsome fellow!

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