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August 26, 2014

 

Horse with horseshoes gallops through muddy terrain

Hoofing It

Wild horses don't need horseshoes, but domesticated horses travel paved surfaces that wear down their hoofs at an uncomfortable rate.

September 27, 2003

 

Hoofing It

In the wild, unshod hooves grow downwards approximately two-tenths of an inch per month. A wild horse’s natural daily activities, however, wear away the hoof at roughly the same rate, maintaining the proper balance between hoof wall and sole.

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