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Hoof Care of Equids

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by wensleydale, 10 Nov 2014.

  1. wensleydale

    wensleydale Well-Known Member

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    My Family's dear old Quater Horse has a fungal infection in his hoof. I'm cautiously optimistic that he will get over it, however he is at the moment rather lame. Quite lame. While I'm as worried as it gets about him this got me wondering about the care of the hooves of other equids, e.g. Zebras, wild asses, etc.

    Do they need to be seen by a farrier just like a domestic horse? Do they suffer from the same hoof problems, such as hoof abscesses, sheared heels, and thrush? Are any of them ever shod or no? Does the zookeeper need to pick their hooves daily? Do their hooves have frogs (bonus points if you know what the frog is without googling it)? Enlighten your odd toed ungulate loving fellow zoochatter.