Farrier Issues

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Hot Topics in Hoof Care, Part 4: The Abnormal Horse Hoof

December 07, 2016

Hoof care experts discuss common equine foot issues, including club feet, underrun heels, and mismatched feet.... Read More

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Hot Topics in Hoof Care, Part 2: Shoeing the "Normal" Hoof

November 23, 2016

A farrier explains what a "normal" horse hoof is supposed to look like and how it affects shoeing. ... 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 20, 2016

Having a winter hoof care plan in place ahead of time can help eliminate worries during the deep freeze.... Read More

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Hot Topics in Hoof Care, Part 1: Horse Hoof Biomechanics

November 15, 2016

Find out how physics plays an important role in how the horse's hoof works and adapts to force. ... Read More

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Got Healthy Hooves? Here's How to Keep Them That Way

November 15, 2016

Consider the big picture--from farrier care and diet to environment and genetics--when maintaining your horse's feet.... Read More

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UC Davis Veterinary Hospital Welcomes New Farrier

November 02, 2016

Shane Westman, APF, is a lifelong horseman and has worked as a farrier for 23 years.... Read More

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Preventing Disease Spread: Don't Forget About Farriers

October 11, 2016

Farriers should practice smart biosecurity to prevent potential equine disease spread among properties.... Read More

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Behind the Scenes at the Olympic Farriery Forge

August 18, 2016

British and Brazilian farriers are working around the clock to keep the equine athletes well-shod in Rio de Janiero.... Read More

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Virginia Tech Equine Medical Center Launches Farrier Service

June 13, 2016

Paul Goodness, CJF, and his team will provide full-time services at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.... Read More

Article

Finding a Farrier

June 13, 2016

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

Commentary

When Horses Don't Respond to Corrections

March 24, 2016

Our behavior expert looks at the reasons punishment often doesn't work with horses and offers alternative solutions.... Read More

Blog

Lines of Communication

February 16, 2016

Have your veterinarian and farrier worked together to manage or treat a health issue?... Read More

Article

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

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Nutritional Support for Horse Hooves

May 21, 2015

The complex equine hoof relies on important nutritional building blocks for strength and integrity.... Read More

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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

Blog

The Trouble with "Evidence"

April 20, 2015

There are countless hoof products and practices that have become popular due to salesmanship rather than evidence. ... Read More

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Evidence-Based Farriery: The Proof is in the Hoof

April 15, 2015

Don't rely on hearsay when it comes to caring for your horses' hooves.... Read More

Blog

Creating a 'Happiness Plan' for a Horse

April 14, 2015

Have you ever almost given up on a horse because of his behavior?... Read More

Routine hoof care is critical for your horse’s soundness and well-being. “A lot of times, when horses are on pasture, not in performance and not getting ridden very often, hoof problems arise due to longer intervals between care,” Tanner says. Whether a horse is barefoot or shod, “routine trimming by a skilled farrier,” is essential to reduce the possibility of laminitis, he adds.

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Introduction to Farriery Course Scheduled for May 15

April 05, 2015

Lecture topics will include hoof anatomy and physiology, trimming the balanced foot, when shoes are necessary, and more.... Read More

Article

The Farrier's Role in Horse Hoof Care

February 11, 2015

Take time to recognize the significant contributions farriers make to the equine community.... Read More

Blog

To Shoe or Not to Shoe Seniors?

January 06, 2015

Are your senior horses shod or barefoot?... Read More

Article

Is My Farrier a Biosecurity Risk?

November 10, 2014

A horse owner wonders if a farrier moving from barn to barn during the day could spread equine diseases.... Read More

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Is the Hoof Smart? Adaptability of the Equine Foot

September 30, 2014

Dr. Debra Taylor describes the visual exam of a healthy hoof and how feet can change in response to external factors.... Read More

Article

Poll Recap: Tipping Farriers

August 26, 2014

Of the 1,727 respondents, 1,220 people (71%) said they do not tip their farrier.... Read More

Blog

Equine Athletes and Their Feet

March 17, 2014

A world-class sport horse farrier shares what hoof problems he encounters most.... Read More