When done correctly, mounting the horseshoes does not harm the horse. The hoof is attached to the skin and flesh, although the hoof itself is comparable to human fingernails. The horse will not experience discomfort as long as the nails are not put too deeply. For example, if they scrape against the coffin bone when the horse walks, this is painful for the horse and should be avoided. When cutting horses' feet, it is important to use a sharp knife and make sure not to cut into the frog or you might cause pain when the foot hits the ground.
The most common way for a horse to suffer pain from being mounted is when the rider mounts him or her improperly. This can happen when the horse's back is not given its full attention or when the rider is inexperienced or unfit. In these cases, the horse may experience discomfort due to the weight of the rider or may even feel pain from being struck with the knife used to trim his feet.
Horses fear pain just like people do. If you want your horse to tolerate the feeling of having his feet trimmed, he must trust you not to hurt him. Only someone who has been trained to mount horses safely would be able to do so without causing any pain.
Some horses may react to being mounted by kicking out with their front legs or biting the person doing the trimming.
Horse hooves, like your hair and nails, are always developing. Horses, in fact, grow the equivalent of a new hoof around once a year. A horse does not experience pain when horseshoes are fastened on because there are no nerve endings in the outer part of the foot. The bones and muscles feel the weight of the shoe as it presses against them.
The only real way to tell if a horse is experiencing pain is by looking at his reaction to it. If you see your horse flinching or showing other signs of discomfort, then he is in pain. You should also keep in mind that horses can have a very sensitive sense of smell so make sure that you aren't causing any unpleasant smells by burning rubber or other materials used in horseshoes.
There are several things that you can do to relieve your horse's pain when hoof boots are required. First of all, you should try and find a way to avoid having him stand in one for so long. Long periods of time spent in a single position can be very painful for your horse. If this is impossible due to circumstances outside of your control, then at least provide him with some sort of relief during these times. This could mean giving him a chance to walk about or take a short break by letting him "cool off" in a bucket of water.
Many people are afraid that because horse shoes are tied directly to the hoof, the application and removal of the shoes would be uncomfortable for the animal. However, because the tough component of a horse's foot contains no nerve endings, this is a perfectly painless procedure.
The truth is that horses enjoy having their feet inspected and cleaned. Also, since they don't feel any pain when their shoes are removed or added, there is no harm in having them done regularly. On the contrary, a healthy horse enjoys having its feet cared for!
Horses' feet should be checked by a veterinarian at least once a year. The vet will look at the nails for length and shape, as well as check for cracks or other problems with the foot. She/he will also test the horse's blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital statistics during a routine examination.
If you are considering getting your horse's feet trimmed, take into account that some places require that they be kept free of nail material. The owner of such a horse should consult with a reputable farrier before allowing him/her to have their feet worked on.
In conclusion, horse's feet should be handled with care and thoughtfulness. Only a trained professional should inspect a horse's feet; otherwise, you might cause them pain by pulling out their nails too quickly or else fail to catch a problem that could lead to infection.