It has often been said "a horse is only as healthy as his hooves". This is undoubtedly true - as any equine veterinarian will tell you, foot problems can lead to all manner of horrible health problems, and even to death.
Hoof care should be part of the daily grooming routine, and you should have an arsenal of hoof care products at hand to prevent problems, and treat them without delay if they do occur.
It's advisable to apply hoof oil every other day during summer to prevent splits and cracks. During winter and wet weather antifungal solutions should be applied to prevent thrush.
Pick out the feet every day with a hoof pick, removing manure, dirt and stones, checking for splits, cracks, bruising, discolouration, odour, discharge or any other sign of a problem.
If the horse is shod, check frequently for wear and tear, such as risen clenches, pinching or overgrowth.
A farrier should attend to shod feet every four to six weeks, and unshod feet every six to ten weeks.