Ponies’ hooves often grow faster in the summer, so every time you pick his feet out check that his shoes are still secure and tting correctly. His shoes might wear down faster on the harder ground, too. If you notice that his feet are growing faster or his shoes are wearing more than usual, ask your farrier to come a bit more often.
Feet are more prone to cracks in the summer because the weather is either dry or goes from wet to very dry really quickly and their hooves get stuck in what’s called a wet-dry cycle. Many ponies benefit from a moisturising hoof conditioner – ask your farrier if applying one to your pony’s hoof walls will help him and how often it needs to be applied.
Find out more about keeping your pony’s hooves in tip-top condition in August PONY magazine, on sale now.