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When Does a Horse Need a Farrier?

October 15, 2009

We all know what it feels like to break a fingernail or toenail, and it is certainly not comfortable. Luckily for humans, we do not have to walk or stand on that nail after it has been cracked or split. Horses do not have that same luxury. When ... Read More

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Toe Grab Recommendations Adjusted by Jockey Club

July 23, 2009

After discussions with industry participants and a review of all scientific research available on the use of toe grabs on the front shoes of Thoroughbreds, The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee recommends adjusting the current RCI Model... Read More

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Delaware Track Adopts Emergency Rule on Toe Grab Horseshoes

July 17, 2009

After noticing an unusually high number of horses stumbling at the start during the first month of the Delaware Park meet, the Delaware Racing Commission adopted an emergency regulation that allows toe grabs with a height of up to four... Read More

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Keeping Performance Horses Sound, AAEP 2008

June 04, 2009

Evaluating what trimming/shoeing these horses need requires a combination of gait evaluation; hoof tester examination; discussion of the horse's history with the owner, trainer, and veterinarian; and evaluation of the wear patterns of the old shoes. ... Read More

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Hoof Repair Composites and Other Modern Materials, AAEP 2008

May 18, 2009

Glue-on shoes and other materials are indicated for cases of poor hoof quality or repeated shoe loss, or for crack repair, rebuilding a hoof, and preventing wear, began Bryan Fraley, DVM, of Veterinary Podiatry Associates in Harrodsburg, Ky., wh... Read More

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Merits of Barefoot vs. Shod: Equine Practitioners Discuss

May 18, 2009

Equine practitioners are often asked for their opinion and input because owners often read or are told that having a horse barefoot is far superior to having him shod and that it's the only acceptable method of hoof care.... Read More

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Managing Acute and Chronic Laminitis, AAEP 2008

May 14, 2009

Belknap remarked on the latest research showing that laminitis is an intense inflammatory injury of the foot and is no longer believed to be solely a blood flow problem.... Read More

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Foot Casts for Acute Laminitis (AAEP 2008)

April 01, 2009

There are many ways to support a laminitic horse's foot; one common European method is to use plaster of paris foot casts.... Read More

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Science and Farriery

March 17, 2009

Equine authorities discuss many subjects in the Science and Farriery session at the 2008 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More

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Shoeing for the Job (Book Excerpt)

January 26, 2009

There are many kinds of horseshoes; try to select shoes well suited to your horse's work. While a horse with a problem may need a farrier to create a special shoe, many horses get along fine with factory-made shoes.... Read More

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Trainers Weigh in on Racehorse Shoe Regulations

August 27, 2008

Some leading New York trainers said a ban on toe grabs on racehorses' shoes will help level the playing field, but they're not all convinced the shoes are responsible for catastrophic injuries.

The New York Racing Association in early August... Read More

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Barefoot vs. Shod

August 01, 2008

This point/counterpoint discusses the controversial issue of whether horses need to wear shoes. Back in 2002, Tufts University hosted a seminar for farriers and veterinarians to review the barefoot hoof care methods devise... Read More

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Hoof Care: Addressing the Individual

August 01, 2008

We have greatly altered the lifestyle of our domesticated horses. These changes have had some negative impacts on the horse, one example of which is the health and quality of the hoof capsule. The majority of the equine population is overweight,... Read More

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Kentucky Racing Group Approves Toe Grab Horseshoe Ban

July 15, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission July 14 unanimously approved regulations that would prohibit the use of horseshoes with toe grabs on front feet of horses racing in the state.

The regulation, which still must go through a public comment... Read More

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Vibram Hoof Pads

July 03, 2008

Vibram Hoof Pads are made using a unique process that bonds two layers of resilient Vibram rubber together. Each layer plays a different role in absorbing and distributing the shock that the hoof experiences on impact.... Read More

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Readers Respond: Tip Toes

June 26, 2008

Almost 1,500 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What management methods does your hoof care professional use?"

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Photo Series Shows Big Brown's Belmont Shoe Trouble

June 24, 2008

Each day brings new entries in the "Brown Shoe Diaries." The latest photos from the Belmont Stakes reveal Big Brown was stepped on by Guadalcanal leaving the gate, and that the shoe did not re-set itself during the race as previously thought; th... Read More

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Managing Acute and Chronic Laminitis

June 01, 2008

Belknap (who co-hosted TheHorse.com's Webinar on Understanding Laminitis) said the latest research points to laminitis as an intense inflammatory injury of the foot, and it is no longer believed to be solely a blood flow problem.... Read More

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Big Brown's Hoof Shows Improvement

May 27, 2008

Ian McKinlay, the farrier who has been treating Big Brown's quarter crack, said Monday morning the colt's left front foot has shown improvement and he and trainer Rick Dutrow remain confident the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will not be... Read More

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Big Brown Returns to Track

May 27, 2008

Big Brown was back on the track a day earlier than expected, and trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said he looks as good as ever--maybe even better.

The Triple Crown hopeful went out for a 1 1/2-mile jog around Belmont Park on a rainy Tuesday morning... Read More

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Big Brown's Feet Not So Bad, Farriers Say

May 16, 2008

(PHOTOS/VIDEO) Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown clearly owns some of the Thoroughbred industry's fastest feet. But many question their soundness, fueled by reports of layoffs, quarter cracks, and special shoes. His current farriers Tom Curl and Ian... Read More

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HSUS Offering Reward for Information on Horse Soring

March 19, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will offer a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any violator of Tennessee's horse soring law, which prohibits the deliberate infliction of pain to horses' feet an... 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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Shoeless and Satisfied

September 01, 2007

I must take exception to comments by Stephen E. O'Grady, DVM, MRCVS, in "Barefoot vs. Shod: An Equine Podiatrist's Perspective" online at www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=9796. Nail... Read More