Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance

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RVC's Equine Locomotor Research Course Expands to America

June 27, 2017

Farriers can learn more about conducting research, increasing the evidence behind farriery, and improving horse welfare.... Read More

Troy Heikes (USA) and Lil Gun Dunit were the leaders in the second individual reining qualifier .

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Keeping Your Equine Athlete at the Top of His Game

June 21, 2017

Our sources share nine ways to help your sport horse perform at his best.... Read More

When you look at the hoof as the horse stands, you are seeing the hoof wall. If you pick up the hoof to look at the bottom, you will see the sole, frog, sulci, heels and bar.

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Back to Barefoot

June 13, 2017

Going barefoot can benefit hoof health, but consider management and physical needs before pulling shoes.... Read More

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The Conformationally Challenged Athlete

June 06, 2017

No horse is perfect, and many with conformational flaws go on to compete successfully. What can you live with and how?... Read More

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Equine Ringbone: Process, Progress, and Prognosis

May 24, 2017

Learn more about how veterinarians and farriers manage this degenerative arthritic condition.... Read More

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The Otherwise Apparently Healthy Collapsing Horse

May 24, 2017

Causes of collapse in apparently healthy horses range from sleep deprivation and pain to muscle disorders and pregnancy.... Read More

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

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Hoof Abscesses in Horses

May 22, 2017

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

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Veterinarians, Farriers Team Up for Lameness Cases

May 13, 2017

Veterinarians and farriers recently collaborated on a case of bilateral keratomas in a 6-year-old Holsteiner mare.... Read More

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Studs: Boosting Horses' Traction in Sporting Events

April 25, 2017

Take a look at how adding studs to horseshoes can help horses navigate less-than-ideal footing.... Read More

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Hoof Growth and Compression: Shoeing Considerations

April 12, 2017

Research has provided farriers with a better understanding of how weight-bearing and loading affect hoof wall growth.... Read More

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The Trouble With Mud

April 09, 2017

When the going gets muddy, the muddy get hoof problems. Here's what to watch for in your horses.... Read More

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Hoof Development: From Fetus to Maturity

April 05, 2017

The hoof is a dynamic structure that undergoes continuous changes throughout a horses' lifetime. ... Read More

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Poll Recap: Horse Hoof Care Schedules

March 28, 2017

Of the 1,743 respondents, 841 (48%) said their horses' hooves are trimmed and/or shod every six to seven weeks. ... Read More

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Trouble's Afoot: Signs Your Horse Has a Hoof Problem Brewing

March 20, 2017

Find out what hoof problems you can safely manage yourself and when to call in your farrier and/or veterinarian. ... Read More

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How Uneven Feet Affect a Horse in Motion

March 11, 2017

Horses with asymmetric feet have altered loading patterns, which could lead to lameness and possibly early retirement.... Read More

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What's Inside the Equine Digital Cushion?

March 11, 2017

The digital cushion, located in the rear of the hoof, protects the foot's complex bone and soft-tissue structures.... Read More

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The Relationship Between Hoof Deformation and Underrun Heels

March 10, 2017

Underrun heels can contribute to problems such as chronic heel pain, bruising, lameness, reduced performance, and more.... Read More

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Managing Equine Caudal Hoof Problems

March 09, 2017

A farrier shares ways he addresses issues in the caudal aspect of the horse's foot. ... Read More

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Trimming's Effects on Horse Hoof Morphology

March 07, 2017

Researchers looked at how four trimming models impact hoof form and structure.... Read More

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Farriers: Consider More Than Feet When Trimming and Shoeing

March 06, 2017

Farriers need to observe a horse thoroughly, head to tail, to determine how to best trim and shoe him.... Read More

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Farriers Discuss What Shoe Wear Reveals

March 04, 2017

A roundtable at the International Hoof Care Summit covered shoe wear and what it indicates about the horse.... Read More

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Dealing with Hoof Capsule Distortion and Dysfunction

March 03, 2017

What do a dish, a crack, a flare, and a sheared heel have in common? All are hoof distortions. ... Read More

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How the Horse in Motion Relates to Trimming and Shoeing

March 01, 2017

Find out why understanding hoof biomechanics is important when making trimming and shoeing decisions for your horse.... Read More

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Managing Severe White Line Disease

February 28, 2017

Learn about the intricacies of treating and shoeing horses with white line disease.... Read More

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The 'Creaky' Performance Horse

February 22, 2017

Seasoned sport horses often need a little extra TLC to continue performing well into middle age.... Read More