Why do horses wear shoes?

Why do horses wear shoes?

A thoroughbred horse is shod. (Image credit: jess311 via Getty Images)

Horses have been central to human transportation and agriculture for centuries. These symbols of strength and speed require hoof trimming and new hoof boots every four to six weeks to stay on the job. But why?

horses (Equus caballus) that are domesticated for human use and selectively bred for performance shoes because their feet are delicate and therefore need to be protected, he said dr Fernanda Camargo (opens in new tab), a veterinarian and equine consultant at the University of Kentucky. “Shoes offer protection to some areas of the foot Horse‘ Camargo told Live Science in an email. “They prevent the hooves from wearing out too much and becoming sensitive.”

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