Hi to everybody! Somebody here can maybe be of help on this matter with some advice?

Some friends in my stable complained that their horses had their hooves, up to the coronary band, gnawed by mice. We actually have some mice around and couldn't manage getting rid of them (we can't use venom in the stable and the dogs are lazy :-) ), but none of our horses have problems, only two of them. I had never heard of mice gnawing the horses' hooves before (not at least of healthy and standing horses!).

I have then two questions:

1) Is it actually possible??? Mice gnawing hooves? Or could it be some other illness?

2) how can we get rid of mice without using venom?

Thanks a lot!

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Comment by Iltuocavallo on April 23, 2008 at 4:01am
Yeah! I would love a barn owl!!! Maybe I could teach him delivering mail and I would call it Hogwarts Stable :-))))
Comment by Barnmice Admin on April 22, 2008 at 11:30pm
Hmmm...before the cats the stable put down some box traps, but they looked really bad. How about a barn owl? Just kidding! :))
Comment by Iltuocavallo on April 22, 2008 at 11:39am
My stable manager actually had a look at the hooves and he said it's nothing worrying. They really don't look bad at all. Sometimes mice gnaw the dead part near the coronary band (it looks like dead cuticles). Horses wouldn't let mice gnaw the sensible part.
We have the problem that we cannot have cats in the stable because we have 5 jack russels and one american staffordshire around who wouldn't agree to have cats around... they're not used to cats!
Comment by Barnmice Admin on April 22, 2008 at 9:24am
We had quite a big mouse problem until we got two cats. Now we rarely ever see a mouse! Can you post photos of the hooves? We have an outstanding blacksmith on board here and he might be able to tell you what the problem is.

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