Hoof Care

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Are Unshod Dressage Horses at a Competitive Disadvantage?

July 01, 2015

Some riders believe shoes help give a dressage horse better gaits; scientists have found that idea to be mostly a myth.... Read More

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Thwarting Thrush

June 16, 2015

Thrush can cause serious and sometimes permanent lameness if not treated promptly and properly.... Read More

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Grayson-Jockey Club Offers Free Online Courses

June 11, 2015

The Advanced Horsemanship Program's first modules focus on EHV-1, the hoof, and the National Uniform Medication Program.... Read More

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Wedge Pads and Navicular Horses

June 10, 2015

A veterinarian and farrier addresses the benefits and concerns of wedge pads in shoeing horses with navicular syndrome.... Read More

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2015 USEF High-Performance Sports Medicine Meeting Tweets

June 08, 2015

Get take-home messages from the 2015 USEF High-Performance Sports Medicine Veterinary Meeting in Portland, Oregon.... Read More

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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

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Keeping Your Horse Healthy on the Trail

May 29, 2015

Ways to prepare for, prevent, and handle potential emergencies on the trail.... 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

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The Trouble with Mud

April 25, 2015

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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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

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Strange Stance for Shoeing

April 06, 2015

Learn why one gelding acts odd during farrier visits.... 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

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Spring Health Preparations

March 31, 2015

Check all these tasks off your list as you transition your horse into spring riding season.... Read More

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How to Manage the Club Foot: Birth to Maturity

March 25, 2015

A club foot can often be corrected with proper and early intervention, especially in young horses.... Read More

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Fit for the Trail

March 24, 2015

Learn how recreational riders can condition and protect their equine weekend warriors.... Read More

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Preventing Disease Spread: Don't Forget About Farriers

March 03, 2015

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

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Hoof Abscesses: Does Epsom Salt Really Help?

February 24, 2015

A veterinarian considers if Epsom salts and poultices really help draw out hoof abscesses.... Read More

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10 Early Warning Signs of Laminitis

February 17, 2015

Your horse's best chance of overcoming this hoof disease might lie in your ability to catch it early.... Read More

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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

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Poll Recap: Trail Hoof Wear

February 03, 2015

Of the 1,003 respondents, 402 (40%) said their horses go barefoot on trails.... Read More

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Can I Give My Horse Biotin Supplements Designed for Humans?

January 26, 2015

Find out how biotin might help hoof and haircoat. ... Read More

Hoof testers add pressure to the foot’s sole and can indicate if the horse has any hoof discomfort or pain.

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Using Flexion and Wedge Tests to Diagnose Foot Pain

January 22, 2015

Learn how equine practitioners can assess and pinpoint the source of foot pain using a methodical series of tests.... Read More

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Which Cryotherapy Method Works Best for Cooling Hooves?

January 18, 2015

Methods that immerse the hoof and limb in ice and water to at least fetlock level are most effective.... Read More

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Winter Farm Care Checklist

January 09, 2015

Experts share their time-tested steps for cold weather readiness around the barn.... Read More