Recent News for Hoof Care

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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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4 Misconceptions About Alfalfa

March 20, 2017

Does alfalfa cause kidney or respiratory problems or make horses hyper? Specialists shed light on these myths and more.... Read More

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Acetaminophen Could Relieve Laminitis Pain

March 15, 2017

In one trial, oral acetaminophen was comparable to flunixin meglumine at relieving hoof pain. ... 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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Which Horse Bedding Harbors the Least Bacteria?

March 10, 2017

Researchers found that, of the beddings tested, pine shavings were most effective at inhibiting bacterial growth.... 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

These CT (left), fused PET/CT (center) and CT (right) images of a 15-year-old Quarter Horse mare's front feet (top: left, bottom: right). There is a severe lesion in the navicualr bone on the left front seen both on CT and PET. The CT of the right front does not show any abnormalites but the PET shows an early lesion.

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PET Scan: A New Diagnostic Imaging Option for Horses

March 08, 2017

PET scans revealed lesions in bony and soft tissue, some of which weren't visible on other imaging modalities.... 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

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An Inside Look at Przewalski's Horse Hooves

February 15, 2017

Researching wild and feral horse hooves helps us better understand domestic horse hoof health. ... Read More

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Farriers Play an Important Role in Horse Health

February 13, 2017

Farriers manage and provide protection for horse hooves. Here's a look at how they help maintain horses' health.... Read More

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University of Illinois Adds Farrier Service

February 13, 2017

The university is acquiring Middlefork Forge and the Midwest Horseshoeing School, both located in Illinois.... Read More

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What We Know (and Don't Know) About Bisphosphonates

February 12, 2017

Many navicular horses have benefited from bisphosphonate treatment, but some questions remain about these medications.... Read More

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Venogram Patterns Vary, So Assess Them Carefully

February 01, 2017

Taking multiple radiographic views--both weight-bearing and not--allows vets to assess the findings most accurately.... Read More

Comparing parts left-to-right is key to interpreting images, with the horse as its own control.

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Equine Thermography

January 30, 2017

Thermography is a noninvasive, safe, and cost-effective diagnostic imaging tool used in equine health care.... Read More

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Deconstructing the Laminitis 'Train Wreck'

January 25, 2017

Researchers have made great strides in understanding laminitis, but it remains a difficult disease to predict and treat.... Read More

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Founder vs. Laminitis

January 25, 2017

A lot of people use the words laminitis and founder interchangeably. Are these two conditions the same thing?... Read More