Hoof Care

MRI is considered the “gold standard” for identifying abnormalities contributing to caudal heel pain.

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The Horse's Top Videos of 2015

December 27, 2015

View videos on topics including navicular disease, saddle fitting, body condition scoring, joint treatments, and more.... Read More

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The Horse's Top Articles of 2015

December 24, 2015

Readers learned about a variety of topics from sweat marks under saddles and laminitis to beet pulp and hoof cracks.... Read More

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A Happy Year

December 22, 2015

Our editor-in-chief looks back over the first year with her horse, Happy.... Read More

One method of hoof crack repair includes the use of wiring, screws, and patching materials.

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Hoof Cracks: Types and Treatment

December 16, 2015

Whether big or small, these hoof wall imperfections all require prompt repair and stabilization.... Read More

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Saturday's Top Tweets from the 2015 AAEP Convention

December 07, 2015

Top tweets and take-homes from the equine podiatry workshop and more at the 2015 AAEP Convention. ... Read More

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Tips for Managing Acute Laminitis

December 02, 2015

Beginning treatment during the acute phase helps give the horse the best chance of recovery. Here's what to know.... Read More

And even with preventive measures, snowballs can build up. Protect your horse from slipping and injury by removing snow and ice from his hooves as it builds up.

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Top Winter Hoof Care Tips

November 30, 2015

Remember these tips when planning and preparing your horse's winter hoof care regimen. ... Read More

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Tips on Caring for Senior Horses During Winter

November 25, 2015

From managing joint health to nutrition and dental issues, learn how to help your old horse conquer the cold.... Read More

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Arabian Horse Foundation Announces Equine Research Funding

November 18, 2015

The foundation is supporting projects on EMS, juvenile idiopathic epilepsy, and hoof imbalance and lameness.... Read More

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2016 Heumphreus Lecture to Feature Dyson, Moon

November 12, 2015

Sue Dyson, MA, Vet MB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS, and Grant Moon, CJF, AWCF, will present on hoof-related topics.... Read More

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Infographic: Handling Hoof Abscesses

October 23, 2015

Hoof abscesses are a common cause of severe lameness in horses. Find out how to manage one in our step-by-step guide.... Read More

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The Frustrations of White Line Disease

October 21, 2015

Learn how to detect and manage this insidious hoof infection.... Read More

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Hoof Cracks and Lameness

October 14, 2015

Can a horse go lame because of extreme hoof cracks and not being trimmed regularly? ... Read More

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Fighting White Line Disease

September 26, 2015

Proper hoof care, diet, and environment are key to curbing this aggressive fungal infection. ... Read More

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Poll Recap: Addressing Hoof Abscesses

August 11, 2015

Of the 1,076 respondents, 48% said they soak the affected foot in Epsom salts and water if they suspect an abscess.... Read More

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Tevis 2015 Featured Older Equine Athletes

August 11, 2015

The Tevis Cup 100-mile endurance race's 200 entries included 15 horses between the ages of 18 to 24.... Read More

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White Line Disease in Horses

July 31, 2015

Also known as "seedy toe," white line disease is a serious hoof condition that requires vet and farrier intervention.... Read More

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Firocoxib, Acetaminophen Eyed as Laminitis Treatments

July 29, 2015

Firocoxib and acetaminophen showed promise in alleviating acute equine foot pain, researchers found.... Read More

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Should I Wrap an Abscessed Hoof?

July 22, 2015

Dr. Britt Conklin offers suggestions on how to keep an abscessed hoof clean.... Read More

Standardbred racehorses are prone to coffin bone wing fractures.

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Coffin Bone Fractures

July 08, 2015

Learn why this inner hoof structure fails and what veterinarians do to diagnose and treat it. ... Read More

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Are Unshod Dressage Horses at a Competitive Disadvantage?

July 01, 2015

Some riders believe shoes help give a dressage horse better gaits; scientists have found that idea to be mostly a myth.... Read More

Prior to having an MRI performed, the horse must have all shoes removed and the hooves cleaned. Steel horseshoes and nails are magnetic and cannot enter the MRI scanner.

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The Equine Athlete: Healthy Hooves, Healthy Joints

June 23, 2015

Vets know balanced hooves help maintain healthy joints. Learn more from our experts, who are both vets and farriers.... Read More

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Thwarting Thrush

June 16, 2015

Thrush can cause serious and sometimes permanent lameness if not treated promptly and properly.... Read More

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Grayson-Jockey Club Offers Free Online Courses

June 11, 2015

The Advanced Horsemanship Program's first modules focus on EHV-1, the hoof, and the National Uniform Medication Program.... Read More

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Wedge Pads and Navicular Horses

June 10, 2015

A veterinarian and farrier addresses the benefits and concerns of wedge pads in shoeing horses with navicular syndrome.... Read More