The sophisticated equine hoof design absorbs the pressures and distributes the weight of the horse while moving. Trauma to the foot commonly leads to infection, pain, and disuse. Other contributors include poor substrate conditions (excessive moisture or dryness) and nutrition (e.g.: grain overload, sudden dietary changes). Horses with foot problems may or may not show signs of lameness. Feet need to be cleaned out daily to inspect for hoof wear abnormalities and trauma. Any problems detected should be evaluated by your veterinarian and farrier to ensure the best outcomes.