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

Working Horses on Hard Surfaces

Hard surfaces come in many forms. There's that parking lot where you lunged your horse last weekend at the horse show. There's that cracked-clay pasture where your horse was turned out all last summer. There's that poor-excuse-for-an-arena down at th Read More

Egg Bar Shoes

An egg bar is simply an oval-shaped horseshoe. Where the heels would normally end, they keep going--but in a circular direction, creating an oval back to the shoe. Read More

Where Did All The Farriers Go? The AFA Convention

Farriers want to know about "stuff" that can make their jobs easier and make their clients' horses more sound, or help with lameness problems. Read More

Navicular Bursography

Navicular disease once was called 'the last resort of the diagnostically destitute (practitioner),' based on the syndrome's ambiguous symptoms and the practitioner's inability to isolate definitely the source of the horse' Read More

Soft Tissue Injuries in the Equine Foot: Dancing in the Dark

"Soft tissue injury" sounds like a vague diagnosis, designed to frustrate the owner, but it is a legitimate set of sports injuries that can disable your horse. With new diagnostic tools, such as nuclear scintigraphy, you might be able to obtain Read More

Winter Hoof Care For Horses

What can you do to prepare your horses' feet for winter? Here are a few tips. Read More

Thrush and Advice for the Hoof-sore

What is the relationship between chronic, severe thrush and my horse's contracted heels? Read More

Nitroglycerine for Laminitis: Use Caution

One California farrier saw the nitroglycerine patches used on a miniature horse which had suffered repeated bouts of acute laminitis. The patches were credited with swift recovery. Read More

Decoding the Laminitis Mystery

Laminitis and founder are two words in the lexicon of the horse that are guaranteed to elicit a definite response, whether it is a painful memory for a horse owner, a recurring anxiety for a breeder, a shoeing dilemma for a farrier, a complex prognos Read More