Farrier Issues

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Training to Shoe Horses

January 01, 2003

Shoeing horses isn't easy. To do the job correctly, a farrier has to have an understanding of equine leg and hoof anatomy; knowledge of the biomechanics of these structures; enough biology knowledge to understand how the horse's soft tissues... Read More

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Foot Problems: One Step at a Time

January 01, 2003

We all should be aware of our level of competence with foot problems--horse owners, veterinarians, and farriers. Since there is no formal education in the field of podiatry, training must be sought on an individual basis. ... Read More

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Horseman's Day at the 2002 AAEP Convention

December 17, 2002

Horseman’s Day, held for the third time as part of the annual AAEP convention, was another rousing success. There weren’t as many people in attendance as there were in San Diego last year, but they were just as enthusiastic. AAEP officials said... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Podiatry Forum

December 11, 2002

“The horse’s foot is so integral to most of what we do in equine practice,” said moderator Gayle Trotter, DVM, MS, professor in clinical sciences at Colorado State University, in the Podiatry forum on Dec. 12 at the American Association of Equin... Read More

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From Forge to Foot

June 01, 2002

There isn't much time in the busy farrier's life to chat with his brethren of the forge. On the road before daylight, driving endless hours, and arriving home late at night after a hard day's work doesn't leave much time for socializing. However... Read More

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The Invincible Farrier Rig

November 02, 2001

Imagine having a farrier and vet examine your horse, take X rays, evaluate the film, and shoe your horse accordingly, all on-site and without waiting. Sound impossible? Harry Krippes, a farrier based in Lowell, Fla., has found a way to make this... Read More

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Hoof Wall Repair

October 15, 2001

In one study involving Moyer and Sigafoos at New Bolton Center, 19 horses were admitted with severe hoof crack problems that were of a severity that the horses were lame and unable to perform. In each case, the damage was repaired by using a fabric... Read More

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Progress in Lameness Therapy: Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium 1997

October 11, 2001

Any treatment of laminitis must be prefaced by answering questions such as: "Do I save this horse regardless of the cost? Is it imperative that this horse race again?" What sort of care will be available to the horse following application of special ... 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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AESM Convention

October 10, 2001

Researchers, veterinarians, and horse people from around the world gathered in San Antonio in April for the 16th meeting of the Association for Equine Sports Medicine (AESM). The program included three full days of presentations concerning the... Read More

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Nail-Quicked

October 01, 2001

Shoeing is necessary to protect the hooves of many hard-working horses, and nails are of course an important part of the process. Ideally, horseshoe nails enter the outer hoof wall, which lies adjacent to the "quick," or the sensitive laminae... Read More

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Horse Show Shoes

October 01, 2001

Winter’s finally over and you’re ready to roll down the road. Your horse is fit, you’ve been coached to new heights, and visions of blue ribbons dance in your dreams. Suddenly, your happy dream turns into a nightmare as you recall what happened... Read More

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Hoof Repair

September 13, 2001

When your farrier and/or your veterinarian discuss how to solve the hoof problems you are encountering with your horse--be it from injury or disease--you will be better able to understand your options, and get your horse back on his feet in the short... Read More

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Shoeing The Laminitic Horse

September 13, 2001

Of all the medical crises that can afflict a horse, laminitis surely is one of the most alarming. Horribly painful, and potentially devastating to his long-term soundness, the strange syndrome whereby the coffin bone inside the hoof begins to... Read More

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The Barefoot Horse: Romance vs. Reality

September 12, 2001

By leaving a horse barefoot, one allows the hoof's natural functions of shock absorption, traction, and biomechanics to perform at their optimum. Shoes inhibit natural function and the horse's natural way of going, and limb interference with shoes... Read More

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Welfare, Farrier Groups Advise Caution on Do-It-Yourself Hoofcare

August 01, 2001

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has issued a statement cautioning enthusiastic horse owners not to tackle their own hoof care work in pursuit of a "natural" unshod hoof. Reacting to the groundswell of popular interes... Read More

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Graveled Horses

June 01, 2001

Q: My horse became very lame without showing any signs of cracks, bruising, or having a "hot" nail. The barn manager said my horse was "graveled" and called the veterinarian. After treatment, the... Read More

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Tips on Regular Trimming and Shoeing

June 01, 2001

Generally speaking, the average horse used for trail and pleasure riding should have its feet trimmed or reshod every six to eight weeks. That being said, it is immediately obvious that the use of the horse as well as the time of year will... Read More

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July 8-14 Is National Farrier's Week

April 20, 2001

Like everyone else, farriers need an occasional pat on the back in recognition of their dedication, hard work, sacrifice and the impact they have on horses.

That’s what’s behind National Farriers Week,... Read More

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Sole Bruising

December 01, 2000

A bruised sole can happen as quickly and simply as a horse stepping on a rock or working on a hard surface. It can occur as the result of excessive hoof trimming, or be associated with laminitis. Sole bruising can be an uncomplicated condition... Read More

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Finding a Farrier

October 01, 2000

If you’ve ever moved to a new town, you know how difficult it can be to find good service professionals: auto mechanics, hairdressers, doctors, dentists, and so on. You know your needs, but how do you select the appropriate providers when you... Read More

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Hoof Supplements: Feeding The Feet

September 01, 2000

Fed in the recommended amounts, the vast majority of hoof supplements will do no harm to your horse, but beware of feeding higher levels than suggested on the label, or doubling up with multiple supplements.... Read More

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Bar Shoes

July 01, 2000

Once regarded as pretty radical, bar shoes now are experiencing something of a renaissance. In particular, egg bar shoes are being fitted to more feet now more than ever before-even those belonging to horses in high-intensity athletic careers,... Read More

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Hoof Abscesses

April 01, 2000

A hoof abscess is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. It occurs swiftly and usually needlessly--a nail or sharp piece of wire or metal is left lying about, an unlucky horse steps on the object, penetration occurs, and is followe... Read More

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Emergency Hoof Care: Pulled Shoes

April 01, 1999

Horses lose shoes for many reasons, and a lost shoe--or the cause of it--is the topic most likely to send a farrier's blood pressure into orbit.... Read More