Hoof Care


Prevention for the Masses

January 01, 2004

Veterinary care doesn't come cheap. While conscientious horse owners realize that disease prevention is ultimately cheaper than disease treatment, when you have five, or 15, or 50 horses to care for and limits on your budget, you need to look... Read More


International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame Inducts Six New Members

December 08, 2003

Six horseshoers who have helped shape the modern farrier industry have been elected to the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame. They were chosen from a field of 66 nominees in voting by current members of the International Horseshoeing Hall... Read More


Professional Farriers to Gather in Rochester, NY, for Educational Event

November 26, 2003

Do not let your horse throw a shoe between February 25-28, 2004, as professional farriers from across North America and beyond will be temporarily unavailable.  Gathering at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY, leadin... Read More


Police Horse Diary 10/9/03

October 10, 2003

The two colts came down from Lloyd and Melanie Cancade’s ranch in Canada on a nice stock trailer with several other weanlings. I met Lloyd and a fellow who works for him at Asbury College near my home in Kentucky on the evening of Oct. 1 so we... Read More


Anatomy of a Trim

August 01, 2003

Why do we ask farriers to take knives and nippers (and sometimes a whole lot more) to our horses' feet every six weeks? For many of us, it has always been just one of those things you knew you had to do if you had horses. And we might have also... Read More


Is There A Horse Doctor in the House?

August 01, 2003

If the job trend for veterinary school graduates continues as it has for the past few years, then the answer might be "no." Concern was raised at the 2002 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention due to the declining number... Read More


Tufts Conference Examines the Foot, Inside and Out

August 01, 2003

Adapting to the environment, informed by genetic codes, and endeavoring to meet human demands, the horse's hoof is like an individual fingerprint on the human hand. Decoding the process the horse uses to arrive at his ideal hoof form filled thre... Read More


Thrush: Phew! Stinky Feet!

May 01, 2003

Thrush is very common, and it typically is a mild disease that can be easily treated. More importantly, it can be prevented with adequate hoof/foot management and good stable husbandry.... Read More


Pat Parelli: Anvil Side Manner

April 14, 2003

"For seven years in a row, I've been voted the world's worst shoer," joked world-renowned clinician Pat Parelli at the 16th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium Jan. 16-18 in Louisville, Ky., to begin a discussion on "Anvil Side Manner."... Read More


Pat Parelli on Shoeing Difficult Horses

April 03, 2003

"Usually you shoe horses that are against you, right?" asked world-renowned clinician Pat Parelli at the 16th annual Bluegrass Laminitis symposium Jan. 16-18 in Louisville, Ky. "You're on opposite teams. And when push comes to shove, the horse... Read More


10 Tips on Getting Ready for Spring

March 01, 2003

You can feel it. You can smell it. Spring is in the air. Oh, to be sure, we aren't finished with cold weather in many parts of the country, but it won't be long before we will be ready to head out trail riding or be off on the spring horse show... Read More


Foot Work: Training for Hoof Care

February 01, 2003

My only horse finally lived out his days with me last fall. He died peacefully at the great old age of 32 years. He had been with me through thick and thin for 21 years, and was a sweetheart of a horse. He came to me completely broke and was... Read More


Veterinarian/Farrier Relationship

January 01, 2003

The Practice Act laws state that only veterinarians can diagnose and treat health problems. The veterinarian has to keep records related to each visit and also must protect the confidentiality of your horse's records, and is the steward of that... Read More


Healing Hoof Cracks

December 01, 2002

Hoof cracks are a common occurrence in the feet of many domesticated horses, and they can range in severity from a minor blemish to a cause of serious lameness. Causative factors can vary widely, ranging from injury to imbalance of the foot.... Read More


Hoof Dressings: What Studies Show

October 01, 2002

Hoof dressings aren't always what they're cracked up to be--at least not in the opinions of some experts. Ilka P. Wagner, DVM, owner of Equine Veterinary Services (Texas), and Susan Kempson, BSc, PhD, senior lecturer in Preclinical Veterinary... Read More


Veterinarian Hall of Fame Inducts Two New Members

June 05, 2002

Two talented equine veterinarians have been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame for their extraordinary efforts in the area of hoof care. James Rooney, DVM, Dipl. ACVP, of Queenstown, Md.; and Richard Mansmann, VMD,... Read More


Tufts Conference to Examine Risks and Benefits of Barefoot Hoofcare Methods

April 01, 2002

A unique seminar will be held at Tufts University May 4-5 to review the controversial barefoot hoof care methods put forth by German veterinarian and author Hiltrud Strasser, DVM.

In England, concern about harm to horses by Strasser devotee... Read More


Emergency Shoe Removal

March 01, 2002

Everyone who owns a shod horse will have that horse lose a shoe at some point. Popped clinches, missing nails, interference from one limb to another, or an overreach can cause a shoe to come off. It might be a nuisance, but the shoe normally... Read More


Nutrition and Hoof Growth

February 20, 2002

At the 15th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium January 21-23, Edgar A. Ott, PhD, of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, presented a review of the literature and research conducted at the University of Florida with E... Read More


Can You Influence Hoof Growth?

February 01, 2002

We ask an awful lot of an animal who walks on his middle toenails. Humans have recognized for centuries that the foundation of a horse's soundness lies in his hooves--"No foot, no horse" is about as basic a principle as there is. It all comes... Read More


International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame Inducts Three Farriers

December 27, 2001

Three men who have dedicated their lives to the industry of horseshoeing have been named to the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.

Members of the Class of 2002 include: Seamus Brady of Bridgewater, N.J., Henry Heymering of... Read More


Grants Awarded

November 01, 2001

Three veterinarians will share grant money totaling $18,818 to pursue research projects benefiting equine medicine. The grants are awarded annually to resident and graduate student veterinarians, and were approved by the American Association of... Read More


Foal Hoof Care

October 18, 2001

Among the many factors that determine the success of a foal as a sales yearling or as a mature athlete are management decisions about its feet and limbs during its first four months of life. Because a solid foundation for performance in the... Read More


The Equine Foot -- Form and Function

October 15, 2001

There is an adage that is as old as the modern-day horse. It goes something like this: No foot, no horse. My late father, who could pick out a minute leg or foot unsoundness at a glance, used to lecture his young son about the importance of good... Read More


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