Farrier Issues

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Study: Farrier Selection Impacts More Than Hoof Shape

March 21, 2008

Choice of farrier might have a significant influence not only on the shape of a horse's hoof, but its soundness and athletic ability, according to research carried out by veterinarians in Switzerland. Forty dressage and show jumping horses, divided ... Read More

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Landmarks for Evaluating, Trimming, and Shoeing the Equine Foot

December 19, 2007

From many horse owners' point of view, the farrier's profession throws out a lot of confusing terms and directives when it comes to balancing a foot. Fit the shoe full? Trim to the widest point of the frog? Use a four-point trim? These nebulous... Read More

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Matscan demonstration on toed-out colt

August 27, 2007

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Strategies for Improving Vet-Client-Farrier Relations

May 01, 2007

When a horse has a foot problem, effective communication bewteen farrier, vet, and owner is key.... Read More

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What is a Healthy Hoof? (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Ask 10 people what a healthy hoof should look like, and you'll likely get 10 variations of an answer. ... Read More

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Acute and Chronic Laminitis: An Equine Podiatrist's Perspective

April 21, 2007

Acute and chronic laminitis is a frustrating and often disheartening condition to manage. Having had the opportunity to observe, treat and shoe laminitic horses for over 30 years, I have a unique prospective into this disease.

The biggest... Read More

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Equine Podiatry: Underrun Heels and Egg Bar Shoes

April 14, 2007

One veterinarian describes the causes of and a traditional treatment method for underrun heels.... Read More

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Putting Science Into Farriery: Lameness Evaluation

April 09, 2007

When a group of people are standing at the barn watching a "lame" horse move, many of you will say he's lame in different legs. How do you know who's right? If it makes you feel any better, picking out the source of lameness isn't always easy fo... Read More

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Feet First: Farriery Topics from the 2006 AAEP Convention

April 01, 2007

The annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, held in San Antonio, Texas, in early December 2006, had three sessions devoted to foot care that were open to farriers. Following are synopses of some of those presentations... Read More

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Farrier Hygiene

February 01, 2007

To prevent white line disease from spreading, should I purchase my own farrier tools for the farrier to use?... Read More

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New Students Filling Farrier Shortage

November 20, 2006

Allen Ryunda is striking while the iron is hot. He wanted to save money by shoeing his own horses -- and in the process of learning how, he hit upon an ancient career still in demand.

"The guy I'm doing my apprenticeship with said he doesn'... Read More

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Canada's Vet Definition Dilemmas

August 15, 2006

The Supreme Court of British Columbia's recent injunction prohibiting a farrier from practicing equine dentistry is the latest episode in an ongoing conflict between the veterinary associations of Canada's three westernmost provinces, animal owners, ... Read More

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AAEP Invites Farriers to Attend 2006 Convention

June 29, 2006

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is inviting farriers to attend their 52nd Annual Convention to be held in San Antonio, Texas on December 3-6, 2006. 

This year's program will consist of multiple sessions... Read More

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Hoof Cracks: Causes and Repair

May 01, 2006

Even though most cracks are minor, they are still worth the attention of your farrier and sometimes your vet.... Read More

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Barefoot Horses

March 01, 2006

Veterinarians are often asked about leaving horses barefoot. I must say from the onset that I favor horses being maintained without shoes when possible. Whether or not it is feasible for a horse to go without shoes will depend on the owners'... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How To Manage Sheared Heels

February 17, 2006

Steve O'Grady, BVSc, MRCVS, of Northern Virginia Equine, said a sheared heel is a "created situation" and a "poorly understood phenomenon." He said the condition was first described by Bill Moyer, DVM, in 1975. "The diagnosis and treatment is th... Read More

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Hoof Trimming and Leg Stress: One Step at a Time

January 01, 2006

As a rule of thumb, we know that our horses should be trimmed (and shod if necessary) at least every six to eight weeks. But where did those numbers come from? Van Heel recently studied how a hoof changes between trims, and she found that neglecting ... Read More

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Third International Hoof-Care Summit to be Held in Early 2006

October 12, 2005

More than 700 farriers and equine veterinarians are expected to attend the third annual International Hoof-Care Summit to be held at the Cincinnati Convention Center and the Hilton Hotel, Jan. 31-Feb 3, 2006. The crowd will include some of the... Read More

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Farriers, Scientists Hold Workshop

July 18, 2005

Farriers and veterinarians met on June 31 at the University of Kentucky (UK) Gluck Equine Research Center to listen to farrier Mike Savoldi discuss various hoof pathologies that cause soreness and their management. The free seminar was presented... Read More

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AFA Names New Task Force

July 12, 2005

American Farrier's Association (AFA) President Craig Trnka, CJF has recently announced the appointment of a new task force to survey the farrier schools in North America. The mission of the Farrier Schools Survey Task Force will be to survey all... Read More

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Official BWFA Announcement on Farrier Licensing and Regulation

July 07, 2005

AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE BWFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS;

Concerning proposed Farrier Licensing, Regulating Horseshoeing Schools in the United States and the proposals made by AFA task forces and their committees;

  1. The... Read More

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Farrier Licensing Controversy

July 01, 2005

Horseshoers (farriers) in the United States have long practiced with no regulation and only voluntary certification, but some in the industry think that should change--soon. An American Farrier's Association (AFA) task force presented a proposal... Read More

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Should Farriers be Licensed?

June 14, 2005

Horseshoers (farriers) in the United States have long practiced with no regulation and only voluntary certification, but some in the industry think that will--and should--change soon. An American Farrier's Association (AFA) task force presented ... Read More

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Equine Podiatry: Gaining a Foothold

August 01, 2004

The reason for this is that equine podiatry is still in its infancy, and while there are a lot of very intelligent people working to better understand the horse's foot, it's still a very complex structure with no real analogue in the human physique, ... Read More

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Farriery is Veterinary Medicine in Florida

April 27, 2004

On March 2, the Florida Board of Veterinary Practice (FBVP) unanimously voted that their interpretation of the state's practice act (which governs animal care and what is construed as veterinary medicine) said acupressure, aromatherapy, animal... Read More