Hooves show when they are not (yet) sound. It is important to assess the whole hoof in its complexity and to explore the causes of its problems before being able to properly work on the hoof. Your hoof orthopaedist has been specifically trained to do this.
DIfHO hoof orthopedists participate in a continuous education process by attending requisite seminars and advanced training sessions designed to teach them to assess hoof situations in their entirety with regards to the general health of the horse and to solve hoof-related problems.
As an untrained horse owner you cannot do this by yourself but you can pay attention to certain signals which show that a hoof is not sound and that it needs treatment.
Below you find a number of symptoms which indicate that the hoof needs help.
There can be massive changes such as cracks, fissures or a chipped off hoof wall.
However, there are other less obvious symptoms which point to problems of the hoof, such as irregularities in the coronet or a rough hoof wall surface.