Animal Protection

Poorly Maintained Hooves

Overgrown Hooves

Just like our fingernails, a horse’s hooves grow continuously. Overgrown hooves can lead to serious health problems for horses. When a horse is forced to walk with overgrown hooves, they have to compensate for it which means they are essentially walking on the balls of their feet, which stretches the tendons and can lead to lameness.

Hooves need to be trimmed every six to eight weeks to keep them in proper shape. Trimming should be done by a trained farrier. An inexperienced person can easily trim the hoof wall too short or pare too much sole, causing the horse to be sore. To avoid lameness, the hoof must be balanced precisely which requires the skill and expertise of a farrier. In the long run, it’s less expensive to pay for a good farrier than to risk the well-being of your horse.  

Report an Animal
in Distress

1-800-455-9003

What happens when you Call?

When you call our Animal Distress Line 1-800-455-9003 we open up a file similar to a police investigation. In order to do so, we need timely, first-hand details to proceed.

What Should you Expect

We open up a file similar to a police investigation. In order to do so, we need timely, first-hand details to proceed. When calling, we will ask for a few simple questions.

When Do We Seize Animals

Alberta SPCA Peace Officers sometimes need to take animals into protective custody. When they do so, the officers will post a notice at the former location of the animals stating the reason for the seizure.

Investigating Neglect & Abuse

Our Peace Officers investigate every complaint we receive. We can only investigate if we have reasonable and probable grounds to believe there may have been an offence under the Animal Protection Act.

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