Fran Jurga

Fran Jurga is the publisher of Hoofcare & Lameness, The Journal of Equine Foot Science, based in Gloucester, Mass., and Hoofcare Online, an electronic newsletter accessible at Her work also includes promoting lameness-related research and information for practical use by farriers, veterinarians, and horse owners. Jurga authored Understanding The Equine Foot, published by Eclipse Press and available at or by calling 800/582-5604.

Articles by Fran Jurga

Integrated Therapies Conference

Integrated therapies--the preferred term for complementary or alternative therapies--were one of the most popular topics at the Tufts Expo. Allen Schoen, DVM, MS, who led the three-day seminar, discussed therapies for all animals, including Read More

Tufts Animal Expo: Futuristic "First" for Health Conferences

They came, they learned, they looked, and they even laughed. More than 4,000 animal health professionals descended on Boston in October for the inaugural Tufts Animal Expo, hosted by the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and a roste Read More

Hoof Repair Adhesive Discontinued

The popular two-part adhesive compound used to patch cracks, fill in hoof wall defects, and "glue" on horseshoes will no longer be sold for use on horses. Sold under various trade names--Thoro-Grip, Hoof Life, Equilox, Grand Circuit, Equi-Bond, Read More

Pacemaker Recipient Gives Birth

A Thoroughbred/Irish Draught mare received a pacemaker in groundbreaking surgery at Great Britain's Royal Veterinary (UK) College's Sefton Equine Hospital in February. Seven-year-old Xena was weak Read More

Living Large: The Death of a Giant

The horse world lost one of its largest celebrities, literally, when the Shire gelding Goliath was laid to rest at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre in Lincolnshire, England, on July 19. Goliath's claim Read More

Progress in Lameness Therapy: Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium 1997

Any treatment of laminitis must be prefaced by answering questions such as: "Do I save this horse regardless of the cost? Is it imperative that this horse race again?" What sort of care will be available to the horse following application of special Read More

Navicular Syndrome

Most veterinarians and farriers agree that navicular-type lameness is the foot's response to stress, particularly repetitive stress that can put uneven pressure on different parts of the horse's foot. Read More

Feeding the Foot

Can you feed a foot? "You bet!" Say a dozen ads in this (and almost every other) horse magazine. Can you improve a horse's flexibility at higher levels of performance or increase the quality of joint fluid by feeding a supplement? "It's Read More

The Natural Hoof: A Sign of the Times

The feet of wild horses have been able to adapt to their environment, while the feet of domestic horses seem to consistently fail at adapting and instead collapse, crack, flare, and bruise. Read More

Navicular Syndrome Treatment: The Brave New World

In spite of the best care given to horses in the history of their domesticated lives, record numbers of carefully bred, reared, and trained saddle horses are prevented from fully athletic lives by the crippling disease known as "navicular syndrome." Read More

Hoof Preparation Products

Walk into any tack store and you can smell the hoof care section before you even get there. A long list of Read More

Equine Foot Research In America

Back in the 1800s, the world really could have used a better hoof on a better horse. History tells us that breeders tried to comply, by including soundness as a criterion for reproduction. Veterinary medicine complied with Read More

Horse Show Shoes

Winter’s finally over and you’re ready to roll down the road. Your horse is fit, you’ve been coached to new heights, and visions of blue ribbons dance in your dreams. Suddenly, your happy dream turns into a nightmare as you recall what happened Read More

Welfare, Farrier Groups Advise Caution on Do-It-Yourself Hoofcare

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has issued a statement cautioning enthusiastic horse owners not to tackle their own hoof care work in pursuit of a "natural" unshod hoof. Reacting to the groundswell of popular interes Read More

British Study Looks At Training and Injury

Racehorse owners might one day be able to handicap a horse's risk of injury. A new study in its early stages at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in the United Kingdom is monitoring a group of two-year-olds with the intention of using the data Read More

Wild Herd Dispersed

Controversy arose when feral horses from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota were culled for open auction (as opposed to BLM-type adoptions) in October 2000. The problem was that mares and stallions culled from the herd for auction Read More

Solving Equine Back Pain

A recent survey published in England revealed that 70% of all sport horses sustain at least one musculo-skeletal disorder in any training season. In the past few years, horse health professionals have expressed the need for better and more Read More

Saratoga Conference Zeroes In on the Environment

For the second consecutive year, Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the New York State Thoroughbred Breeders Association hosted a stellar lineup of veterinary and Thoroughbred industry experts during the Saratoga race meet. Read More

Tufts' New Certificate Program

In closing the Meeting of the Minds, Anthony Schwartz, PhD, DVM, associate dean at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and program director for the Tufts Animal Expo, stressed that Tufts is determined to establish itself as a leader with Read More

Tufts Animal Expo

At this year’s Tufts Animal Expo Educational Conference, the horse took a back seat to tributes for search-and-rescue dogs recently returned from duty in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The Oct. 10-13 conference was sponsored by the Read More

Emergency Hoof Care: Pulled Shoes

Horses lose shoes for many reasons, and a lost shoe--or the cause of it--is the topic most likely to send a farrier's blood pressure into orbit. Read More

Pasture Paranoia: Laminitis Prevention

Lush pasture is the arch enemy of horses susceptible to laminitis and founder. Read More

10 Tips For Winter Hoof Care

Does the sound of sleigh bells set your nerves on edge, anticipating a wreck on the icy patch down the road? Do you dream of the day next spring when you will be able to see your horse below his knees? Do you lie awake at night designing Read More

Hoof Wall and White Line Disease

The more you read about white line disease, and the more you talk to farriers and veterinarians about it, the more you think there might be some wisdom to those who shrug and say, "White line disease? Never see it. Not in any of my clients' horses." Read More

Life as a Layup

If you think that "layup farm" is a summer basketball camp run by Rick Pitino, think again. Some lucky horse owners among us might never have to know what a layup farm is, nor need one for their horses.

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