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?