Pro Equine Grooms – How to Do a Fast Daily Leg Inspection
I’ve mentioned before that I check legs and pick hooves daily, and do quick mini lameness evals before trailering out for conditioning rides. I would much prefer to catch a subtle problem early than to let it go and have it turn into something more serious.
This post from Pro Equine Grooms gives a good overview of daily leg checks. I’ll admit — mine are not quite this thorough unless I have a specific concern. I usually just run my hands down each leg as I’m picking each hoof twice daily while the horse is eating in their stall. If I find something questionable, I’ll bring the horse out into the cross ties with better lighting and get out my infrared thermometer to look for hot spots. After a harder than usual workout or endurance ride, I’ll go over them with a fine tooth comb, but for daily checks I just do a quick scan. I figure I’m more likely to actually do it every day if it is quick and easy.
I’m a bit paranoid and worry myself over every. little. thing.
…. but really, it takes about a minute per horse, and what is that saying… better safe than sorry?
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