Recent News for Hoof Care

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Big Brown to Work Tuesday Without Hoof Patch

June 02, 2008

Trainer Rick Dutrow said Sunday afternoon that Big Brown will not be fitted with a patch on Monday as originally scheduled and will work on Tuesday without one.

"I'm going to breeze him just the way he is and give him more time to let Ian... Read More

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Readers Respond: Challenging Feet

June 02, 2008

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you think Big Brown's hoof issues might be a factor in his bid for the Triple Crown?"

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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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Big Brown Quarter Crack 'Not a Setback'

May 29, 2008

Anyone following Triple Crown races this year knows there's a lot of controversy about the soundness of Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Big Brown's feet. But despite a third hoof problem in his short career--a quarter crack that showed up in his... Read More

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Big Brown's Hoof Shows Improvement

May 27, 2008

Ian McKinlay, the farrier who has been treating Big Brown's quarter crack, said Monday morning the colt's left front foot has shown improvement and he and trainer Rick Dutrow remain confident the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will not be... Read More

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Big Brown Returns to Track

May 27, 2008

Big Brown was back on the track a day earlier than expected, and trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said he looks as good as ever--maybe even better.

The Triple Crown hopeful went out for a 1 1/2-mile jog around Belmont Park on a rainy Tuesday morning... Read More

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Big Brown Has 'Slight' Quarter Crack

May 26, 2008

Big Brown, who will be seeking the coveted Triple Crown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has a "slight" quarter crack on the inside of his left front foot, trainer Rick Dutrow said Sunday, May 25. The colt did not go to the track Saturday o... Read More

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Big Brown's Feet Not So Bad, Farriers Say

May 16, 2008

(PHOTOS/VIDEO) Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown clearly owns some of the Thoroughbred industry's fastest feet. But many question their soundness, fueled by reports of layoffs, quarter cracks, and special shoes. His current farriers Tom Curl and Ian... Read More

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Derby Winner Big Brown in Good Shape the Day After

May 04, 2008

Speaking to reporters on the Churchill Downs backside the day after Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby, trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. was cautiously optimistic regarding his starter's chances in the Preakness Stakes.

"I really liked him in (the... Read More

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AAEP Including Farrier Session at 2008 Convention

May 01, 2008

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will be offering a day of educational programming on farriery as part of its annual convention, which will take place in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 6-10, 2008.

Topics will include an... Read More

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Inside the Club Foot

May 01, 2008

A large majority of horses, regardless of breed, have a high-low foot syndrome where one front foot has a higher angle and different shape than the other. A close look at the characteristics of the high foot qualifies it as a club foot.... 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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New Laminitis Treatment Technique: Preliminary Study Performed

April 04, 2008

The purpose of our study was to determine if plasmid-mediated gene therapy in combination with electroporation was possible in the horse, particularly for the treatment of clinically important diseases such as laminitis.... Read More

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Laminitis and Controlling Spring Pasture Access

March 31, 2008

Equine veterinarians have known for years that some horses can handle the spring grass, while others will become ill and develop laminitis, a painful disease process in which the hoof wall separates from its attachments in the foot.... Read More

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Lessons from Barbaro

March 23, 2008

Barbaro first captured America's imagination, then its heart. "People thought a superstar was on the horizon" after Barbaro's easy win in the Kentucky Derby, said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, the veterinary surgeon who headed the team that... 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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HSUS Offering Reward for Information on Horse Soring

March 19, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will offer a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any violator of Tennessee's horse soring law, which prohibits the deliberate infliction of pain to horses' feet an... Read More

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Reducing Hindgut Acidosis

March 17, 2008

Acidosis (abnormally high acidity) in the hindgut (the large intestine and colon) can cause a number of problems in horses, including anorexia, colic, laminitis, and stereotypic (continuous, repetitive, and serving no purpose) behaviors such as... 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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Nerve Block Technique Reduces Limb Pain in Horses

March 04, 2008

To find ways to better manage pain in horses, researchers have been studying a technique that involves inserting continuous peripheral nerve block (CPNB) catheters along nerves in the horse's front limb to relieve pain.... 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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Lameness Exams in Horses

March 01, 2008

Lameness problems in horses are an ever-growing concern for horse owners. With a rising demand for top performance, the challenge is for veterinarians to keep up with improved diagnostics and treatment modalities. Furthermore, many work-ups toda... Read More

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Navicular Treatments Studied by Washington State Vets

February 11, 2008

Navicular disease, or inflammation of the heel, is one of the most common causes of performance-limiting lameness in the front legs of many different types of horses. Although it is common and veterinarians have long recognized and treated it... Read More