Hoof Care

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Earning Back Trust

August 01, 2009

I have a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Simon, that I have owned for five years. I need some real advice be... Read More

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Hoof Anatomy Video Released by Racehorse Safety Group

June 29, 2009

A free educational video that examines the physiology of the equine hoof and demonstrates proper care and shoeing techniques is now available. "The Hoof: Inside and Out" is offered online and as DVD by the Shoeing and Hoof Care Committee of the... Read More

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Keeping Performance Horses Sound, AAEP 2008

June 04, 2009

Evaluating what trimming/shoeing these horses need requires a combination of gait evaluation; hoof tester examination; discussion of the horse's history with the owner, trainer, and veterinarian; and evaluation of the wear patterns of the old shoes. ... Read More

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Wisconsin Vet School Offers Free Talk on Equine Podiatry

June 03, 2009

Horse owners who want to learn more about proper equine foot care and maintenance are invited to attend a free talk at the University of Wisconsin's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Oct. 22.

Farrier Dean Johanningmeier, who has... Read More

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Managing a Laminitic Pony's Overgrown Hooves

June 03, 2009

The end result of laminitis is often a discrepancy in hoof growth, in which the heels grow faster than the toe... 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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Feet Feud

May 01, 2009

My horse Lucky has started a behavior problem when we handle his feet. He's always been awesome about lifting... Read More

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Competent Horse Care

April 01, 2009

Timely deworming, immunizations, and farrier work are only part of the equation. Ongoing observation is required to ensure your horse is properly fed and cared for.... Read More

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Corrective Hoof Trimming

February 16, 2009

The term "corrective shoeing" is often overused and misunderstood. It sometimes implies that the farrier can correct conformational faults of feet and legs. In reality, often very little can be done to change the way a horse is built. Trying to fix ... Read More

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The Year-Round Hoof

January 06, 2009

How much attention do you give your horse's feet? Many times it's just the old once-over with the hoof pick.... Read More

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The Year-Round Hoof

January 01, 2009

From practicing daily hands-on care to taking baseline photos for later comparison, here are tips for keeping your horse’s feet healthy.

How much attention do you give your horse's feet? Many times it's just the old... Read More

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Thrush Diagnosis and Treatment

November 01, 2008

Most cases of thrush occur in inactive horses that live in stalls. Unfortunately, this describes a huge percentage of horses in the United States, since over the past few decades horses have become 'apartment dwellers.' ... Read More

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Managing Acute and Chronic Laminitis

June 01, 2008

Belknap (who co-hosted TheHorse.com's Webinar on Understanding Laminitis) said the latest research points to laminitis as an intense inflammatory injury of the foot, and it is no longer believed to be solely a blood flow problem.... Read More

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Wooden Shoes for Chronic Laminitis

April 23, 2008

The chronically laminitic horse is often a very tough case to manage because displacement of the coffin bone within the foot leads to a lot of pain and damage, in addition to the damage that allowed the displacement in the first place.... Read More

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31 Dead Horses Found on Kentucky Farm; Improper Disposal Charges Filed

April 09, 2008

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has filed charges against the owner of a Rowan County, Ky., farm where state and local authorities found 31 dead horses on Tuesday.

Farm owner Don Miller is charged with violating state law... Read More

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Study: Farrier Selection Impacts More Than Hoof Shape

March 21, 2008

Choice of farrier might have a significant influence not only on the shape of a horse's hoof, but its soundness and athletic ability, according to research carried out by veterinarians in Switzerland. Forty dressage and show jumping horses, divided ... Read More

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Trainer Chris Cox Wins Colt-Starting Challenge

March 06, 2008

Defending champion Chris Cox of Mineral Wells, Texas, emerged victorious from his second Road to the Horse competition March 2, 2008, at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum. Along with taking the title, Cox also received a $15,000 donation toward his... Read More

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Biotin: Does it Work?

March 01, 2008


Here's what we know about the efficacy of this popular hoof supplement.

Conditions such as chronic laminitis, cracked... Read More

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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

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Simple Steps to Keeping Your Horse's Hooves Healthy

November 15, 2007

Rather than waiting until there's a problem with your horse's feet, take time now to protect and maintain these valuable structures inside and out.

Step one is understanding the subject so you can communicate knowledgeably with your... Read More

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Shoeless and Satisfied

September 01, 2007

I must take exception to comments by Stephen E. O'Grady, DVM, MRCVS, in "Barefoot vs. Shod: An Equine Podiatrist's Perspective" online at www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=9796. Nail... Read More

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What is a Healthy Hoof? (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Ask 10 people what a healthy hoof should look like, and you'll likely get 10 variations of an answer. ... Read More

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Horse Council Sets Agenda for National Issues Forum

April 19, 2007

Disease control and equine identification programs are among the topics on the agenda for the American Horse Council National Issues Forum June 17-20 in Washington, D.C.

The general session on June 19 will feature the following seminars:... Read More

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Trainer Wilhelm to Present Demonstration Tour for Andis

March 10, 2007

The Andis Company has announced that Charles Wilhelm will represent the company in demonstrations throughout the United States. Wilhelm is an internationally known horse trainer who has developed techniques that calm even the most... Read More

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Horseshoeing a Family Business for Michigan Farriers

March 10, 2007

A sizzle followed by a billow of foul-smelling smoke floated through the barn as Jeff Lickfeldt pressed a hot shoe to a Thoroughbred's hoof.

"That smells like money," he said laughing as it caused others' nostrils to curl.

For more tha... Read More