Hoof Balance


Finding a Farrier

September 09, 2015

Use these six tips to seek out a horseshoer who will keep your steed sound.... Read More


Therapeutic Shoeing Part 2: Hardware and Healing

August 19, 2015

Learn about common foot pathologies and corrective-shoeing options, from bar shoes to wooden clogs.... Read More


Therapeutic Shoeing Part 1: Foot Fundamentals

August 18, 2015

Addressing the anatomy, conformation, and biomechanical principles of the equine foot.... Read More


Managing the Club Foot

July 29, 2015

Veterinarians and farriers can work together to help club-footed horses lead productive lives.... Read More


Veterinarians: Manage Feet for Function

May 02, 2015

Hoof-related issues are a hot topic in veterinary medicine. Here's what practitioners discussed at a recent meeting.... Read More

Dr. Johanna Reimer developed the ROST shoe after deconstructing a traditional shoe to fit one of her horses. With wear, she found her horse’s hoof health and balance improved.


A Deconstruction of the Horseshoe

December 10, 2014

A veterinarian's search for better foot care options for her own horses led to a new way to shoe. ... Read More


Where Did Horses' Extra Toes Go?

August 15, 2014

Researchers believe modern horses' "extra" toes either don't develop fully or disappear during development.... Read More


Penn Vet's Farrier Service Pioneers Hoof Care Technologies

July 14, 2014

Chief of Farrier Services Pat Reilly continues to explore new materials and techniques to advance hoof care.... Read More


The Thoroughbred Racehorse Foot

July 14, 2014

The Thoroughbred hoof's thin walls and sole make it susceptible to trauma and capsule distortion.... Read More


What Shape are my Horse's Feet In?

May 27, 2014

Even horses with less-than-ideal feet can lead sound and productive careers.... 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.


Don't Ignore Your Horse's Hooves this Winter and Spring

February 04, 2014

Don't neglect your horse's hoof care, or your horse could be at risk for some serious foot problems.... Read More


Rutgers Announces Seminar on Caring for the Equine Athlete

December 03, 2013

Lecture topics will include conditioning, saddle fitting, and hoof balance, among others.... Read More


Study: Underrun Heels Impair Horses' Hoof Loading Ability

November 28, 2013

Researchers confirmed that horses with collapsed heels have impaired hoof deformation and shock absorption.... Read More


Physical Exam of the Horse Hoof

July 21, 2013

Learn about healthy hoof conformation and common, potentially function-affecting abnormalities.... Read More


Veterinarian Reviews the Barefoot Concept

May 20, 2013

One veterinarian outlines several common questions about the barefoot concept and shares her thoughts on each.... Read More


Study: Barefoot Trimming Can Impact Hoof Conformation

January 03, 2013

A specific trimming technique increased the hoof's weight-bearing area and increased the heel angle.... Read More


Look, Ma--No Shoes!

December 13, 2012

Study examines changes in toe angle and proximal hoof circumference without shoes.... Read More


Does Equine Hoof Shape Have an Effect on Soundness?

January 10, 2012

Certain hoof characteristics can be associated with chronic lameness, while others point to a sound horse.... Read More


2012 International Hoof Care Summit Set for Jan. 31-Feb. 3

December 31, 2011

The summit will offer 68 hours of hoof care education focused around the theme "Zeroing in on Soundness."... Read More


The Bare Foot

October 01, 2011

A horse's genetics, trimming, and diet have a great impact on bare foot health.... Read More


Hoof Cracks, Wounds, and More Discussed at Farrier Session (AAEP 2010)

February 12, 2011

"No foot, no horse" is perhaps the most used and still the most true statement there is in horse care. A horse is generally worthless without functional feet, which is why the American Association of Equine Practitioners devoted a... Read More


Low Heels in Horses: New Grading System and Targeted Treatment

November 05, 2010

A veterinarian created a grading system and treatment guidelines for low-heeled feet and treatment strategies.... Read More


Equine Foot Lameness Discussed by AAEP Veterinarians

March 05, 2010

Foot lameness in horses was the topic of two separate Table Topics during the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., in early December. About 100 veterinarians attended each session.

A... Read More


Horse Hoof Trimming Guidelines (AAEP 2009)

February 04, 2010

One of the biggest troubles with discussing horse hoof trimming and balance is that when it comes to hoof balance, there isn't a set definition. This makes it challenging for everyone to achieve a balanced foot. At the 2009 American Associa... Read More


Exercise Causes Slight Hoof Changes, Researchers Report

December 12, 2009

About 30% of lameness in horses is associated with foot problems, yet little research focuses on the biomechanics and function of the equine hoof. Researchers recently found slight differences in horses' hooves following exercise.... Read More