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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

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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

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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

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Managing the Club Foot

November 07, 2013

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

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Physical Exam of the Horse Hoof

July 21, 2013

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

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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

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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

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Look, Ma--No Shoes!

December 13, 2012

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

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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

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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

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Therapeutic Shoeing Part 2: Hardware and Healing

November 01, 2011

We examine some common foot pathologies and therapy options... Read More

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The Bare Foot

October 01, 2011

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

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Therapeutic Shoeing Part 1: Foot Fundamentals

September 01, 2011

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

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Finding a Farrier

March 01, 2011

Find the best farrier to take care of your horse's feet with these six tips for seeking out a horseshoer.... Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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