International Hoof Care Week
People who don’t have to care for hooved animals may not fully understand the amount of care required to keep those hooves in good condition. Animal hooves, particularly those of horses, require special attention to maintain their best condition and to keep the animals moving.
To remind people of this fact, and to ensure that animals are well cared for, International Hoof Care Week was established. This week begins on the third Tuesday in January and continues through the following Friday. It’s an ideal time to bring the farrier out to tend to your animal’s hooves or to take care of them yourself.
The History of International Hoof Care Week
Although the origins of this holiday are unclear, we know that it has been observed since at least 2003, and possibly even earlier, by the American Farriers Journal. It has been celebrated annually since then, with farriers, veterinarians, and farmers coming together to promote awareness of this holiday.
Observing International Hoof Care Week
There are several ways that people can participate in this holiday. They can take the time to learn about hoof care, hire the services of a professional farrier for their animals, or attend an equine hoof care clinic. People can also use this week to explore the farrier profession and decide whether they want to pursue it.
It’s also important for people to inform others about this week. This includes telling them in person, of course, but also spreading the word online using the hashtag #InternationalHoofCareWeek. Helping to raise awareness about this week can help ensure that no animals go without the hoof care services they desperately need.