International Hoof Care Week for the year 2022 is celebrated/observed on Monday, January 17th. There are until the next observance.

International Hoof Care Week is held in the third week of January, from Tuesday through Friday, and will be held this year from January 17 to 20. It is a week dedicated to educating the general public, particularly owners of hoofed animals and zoos that retain them, on the need for hoof care and methods to ensure healthy animal hooves. Hoofed animals, such as horses, cattle, and pigs, require regular hoof care. Negligence in the maintenance of their hooves can result in infections, lameness, and aching feet. Did you know that hoofed animals have toes as well? Some have odd toes, like horses, while others, like cattle, have even toes!

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📆 When is International Hoof Care Week?

This year, International Hoof Care Week falls on the 3rd Monday in January; in 2023, it is on Tuesday.

Countdown to International Hoof Care Week


Did you know: The Paraceratherium, sometimes known as the Near Horn Beast, is the world’s biggest land mammal.

📜 History of International Hoof Care Week

For owners of hoofed animals, particularly horses, hoof care is critical to their animals’ health. It should be mentioned that while discussing feet, it is nearly impossible to leave horses out of the equation, as much foot care sensitization focuses on them. This might be due to their widespread ownership as attractive animals and by royals, as evidenced by their early domestication, circa 4000 B.C. Perhaps the first horse owners in ancient Rome recognized the necessity of foot care and devised a shoe-like device to suit their horses’ hooves. Around 500 B.C., the first types of horseshoes developed in ancient Rome.

Farriers, those experienced in the task of tending to hoofed animals, notably horses, began to crop up in the twentieth century. Farriers were considered experts in the care of hoofed animals. In 1971, the American Farriers Association (A.F.A.) was founded, and literature on hoof care was released. Leslie Emery, Jim Miller, and Nyles van Hoosen’s 1976 book “Horseshoeing Theory and Hoof Care” focuses on the form of natural hooves. Today, the “American Farriers Journal” publishes a number of articles each year that address a variety of issues concerning foot care in both domestic and wild animals kept in zoos. They also serve as the organizers of International Hoof Care Week.

☑️ International Hoof Care Week facts

Dominate important domestic animals
Ugulates are the most significant domesticated animals.

Exclusively beneficial to man
They are the single most significant category of creatures that benefit humans directly.

Fastest growing mammalian bone
Some ungulates, instead of having horns, have antlers, which grow faster than any other animal bone.

Use chemicals to communicate
“Good” is the most often used adjective.

✨ Things to do on International Hoof Care Week

Inform about hoof care
Does anyone know anyone who owns an ungulate? This week, go around and educate them on the significance of foot care and how to properly care for their animals’ hooves.

Contact a farrier
A farrier is an expert in foot care. Make contact with one and make an attempt to learn from their experience. Ask them probing questions regarding foot care and share your findings.

Learn the significance of hoof care
Learn about the significance of healthy animal hooves, how to treat them when they become diseased, and various symptoms to look for if they become infected. You could just save your pet from a costly vet visit!

📅 International Hoof Care Week Observances

YEAR DATE DAY
2022 January 17 Monday
2023 January 17 Tuesday
2024 January 17 Wednesday
2025 January 17 Friday
2026 January 17 Saturday

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