Hoof Balance

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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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Farriery and the Coffin Joint: Breakover Techniques, AAEP 2008

May 22, 2009

"Breakover (defined as the moment the heels lift off the ground) is very much affected by the surface the horse works on," began Hans Castelijns, DVM, Certified Farrier, of Cortona, Italy, during the "Putting Science into Farriery" session at th... Read More

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Hoof Trimming Intervals (Book Excerpt)

May 06, 2009

How often a horse needs trimming depends on many factors, particularly how fast his hooves grow. A shod horse usually needs trimming every four to ten weeks (depending on his growth rate), since there is no way for the hoof to wear naturally.... 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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Tendon Angle and Navicular Lameness (AAEP 2008)

March 15, 2009

Why might one horse suffer from injury to the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) in the navicular area while another doesn't? A recent study suggests that the angle of the DDFT as it passes over the navicular bone might have a lot to do with it.... 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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The Equine Foot

April 04, 2008

The structures of the horse's foot inside and out is discussed in this report.... Read More

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Healthy Hooves, Inside and Out

March 01, 2008

Horse hooves aren't created equal, which can make it hard to understand the healthy foot's form and function.... Read More

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Matscan demonstration on toed-out colt

August 27, 2007

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Healing Hooves With Self-Adjusting Palmar Angles (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

When they are compromised due to disease processes such as laminitis, or poor internal hoof balance that leads to poor blood flow and overstressing of internal structures, putting the feet in comfortable alignment and applying massage helps them heal... Read More

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The Quest to Conquer Laminitis

May 01, 2007

"Owners and trainers worldwide have the feeling that every veterinarian and every farrier have years of experience and vast knowledge about laminitis and podiatry (foot care). Unfortunately, this is not the case," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of... 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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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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Researchers Explain Short Shoeing Intervals

May 01, 2006

Farriers and veterinarians have said for years that shoeing intervals should be at most six to eight weeks, but why? Researchers from the Equine Performance Laboratory at Utrecht University (Netherlands) say it's because horses must compensate... Read More

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Hoof Care for Toeing Out

April 01, 2006

An owner looks for help for a filly that wears down her feet unevenly with turned-out toes.... 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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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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Helping Horses Worldwide

November 01, 2005

As a responsible horse owner, you make management decisions that affect the current well-being of your horse and his future vitality. You order low-dust bedding for your gelding with heaves. Your veterinarian arrives for her scheduled visit and... Read More

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Big Feet, Big Shoes

May 01, 2005

Whether you're a heavy horse fancier or not, a big hitch of fancy draft horses is an arresting sight. But what's the connection between all this flash and the ideal function of a heavy horse? Show ring insiders say you're seeing an animal... Read More

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Distal Phalanx Angles and DDFT Lesions? (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

Dyson and her colleagues discovered in a recent study that there were no significant differences in the angles of the distal phalanx (P3, or the coffin bone) between horses of mixed breeds, with and without DDFT injury. However, they found that when ... Read More

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Managing Hoof Problems in Horses

June 01, 2004

Just about every horse out there has what we might call a hoof problem on at least one of his four feet. It might be a simple mismatch that might not be a problem, or it might be much more serious. In any case, hoof problems, regardless ... Read More

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Managing Thin, Shelly Feet

March 01, 2004

Poor genetics, environment, nutrition, and foot care are the main causes of thin, shelly feet according to Ken Marcella, DVM, and farrier Jaye Perry. Marcella co-owns Chattahoochee Equine in Canton, Ga., and Perry, a farrier based in Cumming,... Read More

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Lameness (AAEP Wrap-Up)

March 01, 2004

"The foot is involved, either directly or indirectly, in the large majority of lameness cases," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky.... Read More

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Hoof Wall Growth and Adaptability

February 08, 2004

The structural appearance of the foot is continually being modified by the interactions of the foot with the environment and the environment's influences on the foot and hoof wall. The term environmental influences includes just about everything that... Read More

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The Basics of Breakover

November 01, 2003

What exactly is breakover? Most would answer that it is the horse's heel lifting off the ground and rotating over the toe as his foot leaves the ground. Breakover is simple in its definition, but pretty complex in its implications for your... Read More