Sheared & Contracted Heels

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Study: Underrun Heels Impair Horses' Hoof Loading Ability

November 28, 2013

Researchers confirmed that horses with collapsed heels have impaired hoof deformation and shock absorption.... Read More

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Spontaneous Quarter Crack? Check for Sheared Heels

March 19, 2012

One researcher says that it is very rare to see a spontaneous quarter crack not associated with sheared heels.... Read More

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2012 International Hoof Care Summit Set for Jan. 31-Feb. 3

December 31, 2011

The summit will offer 68 hours of hoof care education focused around the theme "Zeroing in on Soundness."... Read More

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Common Hoof Problems

October 18, 2011

Horse hooves can be plagued by many problems. Explore common hoof problems and learn how to prevent them. ... Read More

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How to Manage a Quarter Crack in Equine Hooves

March 17, 2011

Lameness caused by quarter cracks is a nemesis of horses and owners, and treatment is often complex. ... Read More

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Joint/Foot Lameness in Horses (AAEP 2010)

December 27, 2010

A discussion of alcohol joint fusion, cryotherapy techniques for laminitis, sidebone fractures, and much more.... Read More

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Contracted and Sheared Heels

November 01, 2009

A number of factors must fit together seamlessly in order for a horse to remain sound and healthy: His hooves must bear weight properly in order to stay sound, with multiple structures sharing the load. If there is too much stress on any one part, o... Read More

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Correcting Crushed Heels (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Working to correct low heels when they begin to develop is far more successful than waiting until the horse has had no heel for a long time. Low-heeled conformation is not healthy and can compromise soundness in the short or long term.... Read More

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The 18th Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium Returns in 2007

May 12, 2006

The 18th Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium will return to Louisville, Ky., in 2007 with a full slate of international speakers sharing information on the diagnosis and treatment of laminitis and other diseases involving the equine foot. The Symposiu... Read More

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Shoeing in the Frontal and Horizontal Planes

April 16, 2003

When evaluating horseshoeing, many people don't look at the hoof correctly, according to Hans Castelijns, DVM and farrier based in Italy. "There are the sagittal, frontal, and horizontal planes (illustration included in this story)," he sai... Read More

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The Natural Hoof: A Sign of the Times

October 10, 2001

The feet of wild horses have been able to adapt to their environment, while the feet of domestic horses seem to consistently fail at adapting and instead collapse, crack, flare, and bruise.... Read More

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Sheared Heels: Nature or Nurture?

September 01, 1999

Have you ever paid attention to the way people walk? Some are pigeon-toed, others are "duck-footed." Some wear the insides of their shoe heels; others do just the opposite. Yet, most are perfectly "sound" and healthy.

The same principle... Read More

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Egg Bar Shoes

August 01, 1998

An egg bar is simply an oval-shaped horseshoe. Where the heels would normally end, they keep going--but in a circular direction, creating an oval back to the shoe.... Read More

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Thrush and Advice for the Hoof-sore

November 01, 1997

What is the relationship between chronic, severe thrush and my horse's contracted heels?... Read More

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The Art of Therapeutic Shoeing

November 01, 1997

Michael J. Wildenstein, resident farrier at Cornell University's large animal clinic, has approximately 400 different types of therapeutic shoes hanging on the wall of his clinic. Each one, he says, was made for a particular... Read More