How to pick a horse hoof

Heart Horses are customized jewelry and handmade keepsakes made using a piece of your horse's real mane or tail!

Now Introducing Heart Horse Jewelry

Turn your horse's tail or mane into a cherished pendant, bracelet, ring, bead or more! The process is easy. Place an order for the pieces you want and the confirmation email will give you the shipping address and instructions to send your horses mane or tail! Most pieces need an 8” lock the thickness of a pencil on average. Bracelets need 12”. All unused tail is returned with your order.

How to pick a horse hoof

How It Works: Custom Jewelry

What better way to keep a piece of your favorite equine close to your heart than having it made into a beautiful sterling silver jewelry piece.

The process is easy! Simply choose the jewelry you would like like, add it to the cart and check out! Your confirmation email will give you detailed instructions on how much hair is needed, how to prepare it and where to ship it! Most pieces ask for an 8" lock of tail or mane the thickness of a pencil. Bracelets will need twice that length. All left over hair will be sent back with your order!

How to pick a horse hoof

How to pick a horse hoof

Turn Your Horse into a Custom Heart Horse or My Little Pony!

Heart Horses are adorable equestrian keepsakes made using your own horse's real tail and painted to look just like them from photos you provide!

Simply pick out your style of statue (without hook) or photo-holder/ornament (with hook), add any additional accessories you'd like your Heart Horse to have and check out!

The confirmation email will give you the directions on where to send the tail. You'll reply to this email with a separate photo for each horse and a list of the markings, brands and features you'd love to make sure our Heart Horse artist includes. We can take most special requests to personalize your Heart Horse to look just like the cherished horse who's tail they proudly display!

Check out our stunning New Sterling Silver Horse Hair Pendants made from Your horse's own Tail or Mane!

How to pick a horse hoof

How to pick a horse hoof

How to pick a horse hoof

How to pick a horse hoof

Our Most Recent Custom Heart Horses to Join the Herd!

Here are a few of our most recent Heart Horses to come out of our custom stables! Each as adorable, special and as unique as the horse they're modeled after! To see more of our custom ponies and their real horse counterparts, feel free to check out our gallery!

Testimonials

I had lost my horse last year and had held onto a bit of the tail. After finding Heart Horses, I knew just what to do with it! When I finally got my custom pony, it looked so much like her, I was so happy I cried! I couldn't have asked for a better way to keep her close. Not more than a month later I had one made of my current horse and was just as pleased! Very happy with them both!

Always looking for creative horse gifts for my boarders and when I found these I was excited! I ordered 20 of them (one for each horse on the property) and not only was I extremely pleased at how adorable and like their real horses they came out, my boarders were blown away at the unique and special gift that was THEIR OWN HORSE!

I could not be happier I found Heart Horses! This is literally the cutest keepsake of your own horse ever! I ordered 3, one of my horse and one of each of my daughter's horses to give as gifts. We LOVE them! Kristen did an amazing job of capturing their markings and colors and even made them size appropriate to each other! They all stand proudly on a shelf in our living room holding photos of us and our horses!

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HORSE SUPPLEMENTS

Get horse vitamins and supplements direct from us that are designed to support healthy normal function for a variety of equine conditions, such as:

JOINT ISSUES
STOMACH OR COLONIC ULCERS
POOR DIET OR MALNUTRITION
DISCOMFORT OR SENSITIVITY
INFLAMMATION
PERFORMANCE PROBLEMS

Whether you own a thoroughbred or a working horse, your animal’s health is a major concern. And just like us, your horses will require different levels of care and a unique approach to managing their well-being as they move through different stages of life. Consider the following common equine health issues and then search our site for an array of horse supplements for sale, all designed to provide your horses with the highest quality life possible.

JOINT DISCOMFORT OR ACHES

Horses often experience joint damage or persistent discomfort due to the basic design of the stifle and hock joints. Inflammation from dietary issues or not getting enough rest between bouts of exercise can overload the joints and cause injury. Bone Spavin is a condition in which one or more bones of the hock becomes inflamed and causes an arthritic condition in the adjacent joint. Virtually all horses that are treated for this condition recover completely, but medication and supplements are required. Bog Spavin, Ring Bone, and other joint concerns are easily diagnosed by a veterinarian and can usually be treated quickly.

STOMACH OR COLONIC ULCERS

How to pick a horse hoof

Horses have relatively small stomachs that produce stomach acid around the clock. In the wild, horses tend to graze slowly all day long, which is why this constant release of stomach acid makes sense. But our horses are often fed on a different schedule, and the basic design of an equine stomach lends itself to ulcers across all varieties of horses. Find horse supplements for sale at HorsePrerace.com that can neutralize the acid-producing pumps in the stomach and create better balance within the animal, which will then allow for plenty of time to heal and protection of the stomach on an ongoing basis.

GENERAL DISCOMFORT AND INFLAMMATION

It isn’t uncommon for horses to feel discomfort in their joints, muscles, and even in their mouths. They’ll hurt after a workout just like humans will, and can suffer from dental-related discomfort if they are not cared for properly. Most discomfort remedies for horses are designed to boost the force of heart muscle contractions, thereby increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles. Essential vitamins and amino acids are also often included in discomfort medications for horses as they support the muscles and increase maximum oxygen uptake and power output.

EQUINE DIET

Many horses can live up to 30 years old, and a horse’s dietary requirements can change dramatically over the course of a lifetime – especially if they are a high-performance racehorse or draft animal. Good nutrition, including vitamins, supplements, and dietary additives can add years to the life of an animal. Your veterinarian can complete a series of tests to determine if your horse is getting all of the required nutrients it needs at this stage in its life.

PERFORMANCE ISSUES

If you own race or show animals, their well-being and safety is obviously the number one priority – but performance problems can force your equine into working beyond their capabilities and that can put them at risk for serious injury. If your animal is scheduled to compete, you can include supplements in their diet to help them more easily recover from a race, have a more productive workout, or simply amplify their energy levels to place as high as possible in a competitive situation. When you are ready to improve your horse’s health, strength, and endurance, browse our selection of horse supplements, vitamins, and minerals directly and find the ideal assortment at low prices.

Horse owners do have some options for
disposal of an equine carcass. Options for horse
carcasses vary by locality and include burial, composting,
rendering and cremation/incineration.

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Contents

Burial

Regulations on horse burial vary from state to state, and within states, from locality to locality. Many jurisdictions require the burial site be no fewer than 100 yards from wells, streams, and other water sources; and in some locales, it is illegal to bury a chemically euthanized horse. Generally, a trench 7-feet wide and 9-feet deep is sufficient, with at least 3-4 feet of dirt covering the animals remains. In order to accomplish this, one needs access to a backhoe, which can be rented for a fee between $250-$500, depending on location.

Landfills

Landfills are an alternative to burial. Keep in mind that not all municipal landfills accept animal carcasses, and those that do, do not necessarily take horses. Additionally, some landfills that accept horse carcasses will not take the remains of a chemically euthanized animal. Costs can be higher but tend to be between $80-$150.

Incineration/Cremation

While incineration/cremation of a horse carcass is very expensive, it is one of the most environmentally friendly solutions to body disposal. Cremating a 1,000- pound horse can cost between $600-$1000, depending on location and current price of propane. The incinerators are regulated by strict environmental laws at both the state and federal level, thus providing control over air pollution. As the ashes pose no environmental threat, they may be returned to the owner and buried or sent to a landfill.

Rendering

Rendering is an effective, affordable and environmentally safe method of livestock carcass disposal. Carcasses are “cooked” to destroy pathogens and produce end products such as bone meal that can be used in animal feeds. Rendering companies will normally pick up the remains and charge a fee between $75-$200, again depending on location. Only 50 percent of the states have rendering plants, the majority of which are concentrated in the Midwest.

Composting

Composting, a controlled, sanitary decomposition of organic materials by bacteria, has recently gained popularity. It is performed in covered trenches or piles that must be located away from runoff and drinking water supplies to avoid contamination. The combination of vegetative material and moisture results in temperatures reaching at least 130F which, over the course of time, kills most pathogenic viruses and bacteria. It takes approximately 9-10 months to compost an intact horse carcass; and the end product is a spongy, odorless substance that can be used for soil supplementation. Livestock composting is legal in every state except California, but even in states where the practice is permitted it can be limited by carcass weight. Information on composting and its availability in certain areas may be obtained from a state’s Department of Agriculture.

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Horses are big animals that come with big responsibility. You need a wide range of products to care for your horse properly, even if you board it out. Here is a list of the essentials for everyone who owns an equine, regardless of whether you keep it on your own property or at a boarding barn.

Grooming Tools

A horse needs regular grooming, both to keep its coat and hooves healthy and to help you increase your bond with the animal. Most horses enjoy being brushed, and picking their hooves reinforces the good behavior of letting you pick up and hold their feet. At a minimum, you need the following for grooming:

  • A hoof pick to clean debris out of the frogs of your horse’s hooves.
  • A curry comb or hard plastic brush to get debris off the horse’s coat.
  • A soft brush, which feels good to your horse and brings out the shine in its coat.
  • A shedding blade to help your horse get rid of its thick winter coat in the springtime.

How to pick a horse hoof

The tack you need for riding depends somewhat on the style you choose. Here are the tack essentials:

  • A halter. This is the most basic, essential piece of tack because it allows you to handle and restrain your horse before you put on the bridle and after you take it off.
  • A saddle in the style you prefer, whether it be English, Western, or Saddleseat. There are some variations within the major saddle types, like jumping or dressage saddles for English riders or roping saddles for Western enthusiasts who also like that sport, but most riders can get by with a good, all-purpose type.
  • An appropriate saddle pad for your saddle type. You can get everything from a very plain standard pad to pricey orthopedic varieties.
  • A bridle and bit. The exact type of bit (or bosal or hackmore if you ride bitless) depends on what works best for your horse.

If you keep your horse at home, you must add grain or pelleted feed and good quality hay to the list of essentials, and the animal needs access to a clean water supply. You can adjust your equine's food intake accordingly if you have a good pasture where you can allow it to graze.

How to pick a horse hoof

Fly Control Products

Flies are a problem in virtually every part of the country. Some locations only have problems at certain times of the year, while others experience it year-round. Have a couple of bottles of a good fly spray on hand, as well as Swat brand fly repellant ointment.

Hoof Treatments

Rainy seasons make horses prone to thrush and dry spells where a hoof moisturizer is a necessity. Keep remedies for both dry and thrushy feet on hand at all times.

Wound Powder

Horses are prone to cuts, scrapes, and other minor injuries that don’t need veterinary attention but that do need some help. I find that first aid preparations in powder form work best because they dry up any blood. If you want to be completely prepared for emergencies, keep an animal first aid kit around the barn.

Treats

Horse treats can be as simple as carrots or as elaborate as purchased goodies. By giving him goodies every time you go out to get him, you can build up a positive association with catching your horse.

If your horse gets bored in its stall, you can get a combination toy and treat dispenser like the Jolly Ball treat combo.

There are plenty of other products that make horse ownership easy, but these are the bare bones basics needed by everyone who owns an equine.

S o-called navicular or caudal heel syndrome is one cause of lameness that can appear in horses of any breed or discipline. It can be limited to one limb; however, it most commonly affects both front hooves, causing bilateral lameness. While veterinarians have documented it in the rear feet, these cases are very rare.

Horse people in general tend to lump all heel pain under the “navicular” umbrella, even though other issues might be to blame—hence the term “navicular syndrome,” says Dr. Tracy Turner.

It’s an overly simple name for a complex condition that we now know is most accurately described as podotrochlosis or ­podotrochleitis, because it can involve more of the podotrochlear apparatus than just the navicular bone, such as the navicular bursa or associated soft-tissue structures (e.g., the deep digital flexor tendon [DDFT] and collateral ligament of the distal interphalangeal joint [DIP or coffin joint]).

“It’s important to make this point because a more specific diagnosis allows for more specific treatment, and there are lots of different structures that may be injured in the pain syndrome,” he says.

Veterinarians believe navicular is caused by mechanical stress and strain due to the constant pressure between the navicular bone and DDFT, which leads to the degeneration of those and other structures that make up the podotrochlear apparatus. Poor foot conformation, such as a long toe and low heel, increases this stress and might potentiate development of the condition.

The result is lameness, which can become chronic. “It is characterized by shortness of stride, toe-landing, pain from the center third of the frog,” says Turner.

Early on these horses might present with a shortened stride right out of their stalls or while warming up, says Dr. Duncan Peters. “In more chronic cases, the horse that used to have a longer stride will become choppier and less fluid, because the horse is stabbing the toe to take the pressure off the back of the leg,” he says, describing the syndrome’s progression.

While any horse could develop podotrochlosis, research shows certain breeds, such as Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, and Warmbloods, are more at risk, and that it’s most commonly diagnosed in mature horses from 4 to 15 years old. Because of the relationship between hoof angles and the podotrochlear apparatus structures, hoof care, as well as conformation, can also contribute to the condition. Strain and sports-related injury from highly physical disciplines requiring hard turns, fast stops, lateral movement, and jumping, can also compound the problem, Peters says.

Initial signs can include the dressage horse that doesn’t want to lengthen or extend the trot, the hunter who starts knocking rails or stopping before jumps, or the horse that becomes unbalanced or nods its head when asked to trot a small circle, Peters says.

Better Imaging Has Led to Better Understanding of Navicular Syndrome in Horses

How to pick a horse hoofThere’s no cure for this condition; rather, it’s about managing affected horses’ comfort. In recent years the prognosis for podotrochlosis has improved significantly due to the increased use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and better communication between veterinarians and farriers to determine what is best for the horse, says Dr. Craig S. Lesser, an associate veterinarian in Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital’s podiatry department, in Lexington, Kentucky.

New therapies have also emerged that could be invaluable for managing these horses and returning them to work.

“The term navicular terrifies people,” says Lesser. “I try to avoid using navicular in exchange for what the true culprit of injury is. However, it doesn’t mean the end of a horse’s athletic performance.”

In this article Lesser, Peters, and Turner will explain what has remained the same and what’s changing when it comes to diagnosing and treating these injuries.

Tracy Turner

How to pick a horse hoof
Dr. Tracy A. Turner operates Turner Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery, in Stillwater, Minnesota, which focuses on lameness, sports medicine, and surgery. He has served as an Olympic, World Equestrian, and Pan American games veterinarian.

Duncan Peters

How to pick a horse hoof
Dr. Duncan Peters is co-owner and co-founder of East-West Equine Sports Medicine, which offers services in Kentucky and California. He is a multi-discipline licensed Federation Equestrian Internationale (FEI) veterinary delegate.

Craig Lesser

How to pick a horse hoof

Dr. Craig Lesser is an associate veterinarian at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Kentucky. Lesser has an interest in podiatry, lameness, and imaging. He also enjoys teaching, volunteering, doing research, and continuing to further his education.

How to pick a horse hoof

Walking tour of the ivy-covered grounds of historic Keeneland Race Course, home to the planet’s most expensive horse auctions. Watch horses train in the morning workouts.

A peek into the thoroughbred horse lifestyle as we go behind the scenes to explore beautiful thoroughbred farms and visit up close and personal with their famous horses. If you would like to touch and pet horses this is the tour for you!

A drive by the famous Calumet Farm where you’ll see and hear the history of the farm; home of a breeding and racing dynasty that dominated the sport of kings during the 1940’s, 1950’s and beyond.

We’ll see where scenes from the major motion pictures Secretariat, Seabiscuit and Dreamer were filmed.

Tours may vary depending on farm availability. We always go to Keeneland on the 8:30 am tour. During the race meets in April and October the 12:30 pm tour only goes to Keeneland on Monday and Tuesday. Old Friends Farm is added on Wednesday through Sunday.

During the off season (mid November through mid March) ticket prices and ticket minimums may vary depending on the number of people booking the tour. See our FAQs for details.

Our guides go through an extensive training program, so you can count on the accuracy of the information that is presented and the professionalism of the presenter. Our knowledgeable guides will make sure you don’t miss a hoof beat!

Pickup

Our pickup location is the Embassy Suites Hotel (1801 Newtown Pike) in Lexington. We pick up at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 8:30 am and 12:30 pm EST . You select this pickup location when purchasing your tickets. Note that if you are driving the Embassy Suites has a large parking lot where you can park for free.

Rates

Adults: $39
Seniors $37
Children 12 & under: $28

Pricing may vary during peak times (such as the Kentucky Derby) and during the off season (from mid November through March 15th).