Hoof Anatomy & Physiology

Article

The Tolerable Club Foot

August 17, 2016

Is it worth taking a chance on a horse with a "clubby" foot, and how can you manage one to keep him sound?... Read More

Article

Horse Foot Bruises

June 21, 2016

Learn how to treat and prevent common stone bruises in your horse's hooves.... Read More

Article

Managing a Horse's Underrun Heels

June 15, 2016

The long-toed, low-heeled hoof is a common and difficult-to-manage hoof abnormality. Here's what you should know.... Read More

Acute and generally non-weight-bearing lameness caused by infection within the hoof.

Article

Hoof Abscesses in Horses

May 27, 2016

This common problem can cause sudden, severe lameness but often resolves quickly with the proper treatment.... Read More

Download

12 Facts about Equine Navicular Syndrome

April 07, 2016

Learn about the diagnosing, treating, and the possible causes of navicular syndrome in our Vet On Demand companion! ... Read More

Once the horse is in MRI room, his leg is positioned in the unit. The standing MRI scans an area about the size of a grapefruit, so veterinarians perform careful diagnostics prior to MRI to localize the area of interest.

Video

Navicular Disease

March 30, 2016

The University of Tennessee's Dr. Jim Schumacher overviews navicular syndrome's risk factors, treatments, and more.... Read More

Article

What Shape are My Horse's Feet In?

March 06, 2016

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

Article

Can Hoof Wall Radiographs Help Identify Early Laminitis?

December 30, 2015

Radiographing deep hoof wall layers, where laminitic changes occur first, could be helpful in early clinical assessment.... Read More

Article

Long-Toe, Low-Heel Hooves: Let Them Grow Naturally?

December 18, 2015

Would a horse with long-toed, low-heeled conformation benefit from allowing their hooves to grow out naturally? ... Read More

Article

Saturday's Top Tweets from the 2015 AAEP Convention

December 07, 2015

Top tweets and take-homes from the equine podiatry workshop and more at the 2015 AAEP Convention. ... Read More

Article

The Frustrations of White Line Disease

October 21, 2015

Learn how to detect and manage this insidious hoof infection.... Read More

Article

Fighting White Line Disease

September 26, 2015

Proper hoof care, diet, and environment are key to curbing this aggressive fungal infection. ... Read More

Prior to having an MRI performed, the horse must have all shoes removed and the hooves cleaned. Steel horseshoes and nails are magnetic and cannot enter the MRI scanner.

Audio

The Equine Athlete: Healthy Hooves, Healthy Joints

June 23, 2015

Vets know balanced hooves help maintain healthy joints. Learn more from our experts, who are both vets and farriers.... Read More

Article

Trail Horse Hoof Care

June 03, 2015

Learn about the best trimming and shoeing practices to ensure your horse stays sound while traveling the trails.... Read More

Article

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

Article

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

Audio

What You Need to Know about Equine Navicular Syndrome

March 24, 2015

Get the latest news and information about navicular syndrome diagnostics and treatment.... Read More

Navicular syndrome is a "catch all" phrase describing chronic forelimb lameness caused by pain stemming from the navicular bone and related structures.

Slideshow

A Look at Navicular Syndrome in Horses

March 04, 2015

Navicular syndrome is a leading cause of front-limb lameness in horses. Learn more in our slideshow.... 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.

Commentary

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

Video

Keep Your Older Horse Comfortable During a Trim

September 08, 2014

Farrier Kirk Adkins of UC Davis demonstrates techniques to help your old horse feel better during a trim.... Read More

Article

Why is the Frog of My Horse's Foot Falling Off?

August 26, 2014

A veterinarian and certified farrier explains frog exfoliation and what you should do if it happens to your horse.... Read More

Article

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

Article

A Nail in the Hoof: What Would You Do?

August 04, 2014

How would you react if your horse stepped on a nail? One practitioner outlines the steps you should take.... Read More

Article

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