Recent News for Hoof Care

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Obesity and Laminitis

July 09, 2007

In obese horses insulin resistance might also contribute to widespread inflammation and, thus, vasoconstriction (narrowing of the blood vessels), which is the case in human metabolic syndrome.... Read More

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Specialized Lameness Evaluation for the Jumping Horse

July 05, 2007

Horses performing different jobs require specialized examinations for lameness, according to Philippe Benoit, DVM, French jumping team veterinarian from 1991 to 2000. Benoit presented his method for examining jumping horses at the 2006 American... Read More

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Beyond the Surface: Imaging Referral Practices

July 01, 2007

He's been poked and prodded, trotted in straight lines and flexed, hoof-tested and blocked, and yet there's nothing standing out in these examinations or on his X rays that would explain your horse's intermittent lameness. There are no obvious... Read More

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Barefoot vs. Shod: An Equine Podiatrist's Perspective

June 18, 2007

I am often asked about leaving horses barefoot. I must say from the onset that I favor horses being maintained without shoes when possible. Whether or not it is feasible for a horse to go without shoes will depend on the owner's situation and... Read More

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Foot X Rays: A Crystal Ball?

June 17, 2007

When you look at a radiograph (X ray) of a horse's foot, do you visualize soft tissues, or do you only see bones? If there's one thing Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky., consistently teaches,... Read More

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Mending Fences Euthanatized After Injury in Dixie Stakes

May 19, 2007

Mending Fences was euthanatized after suffering a compound fracture of his right front ankle while running on the lead in the Dixie Stakes on the turf at Pimlico Saturday.

Jockey Robby Albarado was thrown off his mount, Einstein, who... Read More

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Finding and Testing Low-Sugar Forage

May 14, 2007

Did the brown, stemmy, overmature hay you thought was perfect for your easy keepers make them even fatter? ... Read More

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Venograms for Laminitis: The Difference Between Success and Failure (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Venograms have added to our knowledge of laminitis and other common foot problems, in large part because for the first time we can see the structural components of the vascular supply to the horse's foot.... Read More

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Strategies for Improving Vet-Client-Farrier Relations

May 01, 2007

When a horse has a foot problem, effective communication bewteen farrier, vet, and owner is key.... Read More

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What we Know About Laminitis (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

When it comes to laminitis, everyone's got a pet theory--their favorite explanation of why it occurs, how to prevent it, and/or how to treat it. The reason we have these theories is because research hasn't yet been able to give us solid, unassailable... 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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Healing Hooves With Self-Adjusting Palmar Angles (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

When they are compromised due to disease processes such as laminitis, or poor internal hoof balance that leads to poor blood flow and overstressing of internal structures, putting the feet in comfortable alignment and applying massage helps them heal... Read More

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Correcting Crushed Heels (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Working to correct low heels when they begin to develop is far more successful than waiting until the horse has had no heel for a long time. Low-heeled conformation is not healthy and can compromise soundness in the short or long term.... Read More

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The Quest to Conquer Laminitis

May 01, 2007

"Owners and trainers worldwide have the feeling that every veterinarian and every farrier have years of experience and vast knowledge about laminitis and podiatry (foot care). Unfortunately, this is not the case," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of... Read More

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Diagnostic Imaging for Lameness

May 01, 2007

There was a time when diagnosing lameness was basic-watch the horse travel, determine where you think the problem might be, and take a guess at what's causing it. Then came X rays, ultrasound, CT (computed tomography) scans, scintigraphy (bone... Read More

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Feeding Laminitic Horses

May 01, 2007

What's the best diet for a laminitic horse? It depends. When considering diets for laminitic horses, equine...... Read More

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Pain Management for the Laminitic Horse

May 01, 2007

Laminitis is an incredibly painful hoof disease in the horse. We should all be very aware of this since despite top-notch care, 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was humanely euthanatized due to unresolvable pain from laminitis.

Laminitis... Read More

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Chronic Laminitis

May 01, 2007

When a horse founders and the damaged laminae that hold the coffin bone to the hoof wall release their grip, the coffin bone is no longer held in place. It rotates (tips down at the front) or slips downward in the hoof. The goal when shoeing these... Read More

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Laminitis Lessons: What Not to Do

April 30, 2007

Baker, who is both a veterinarian and a farrier, presented a discussion of six case studies and what they taught him not to do in treating laminitis. He began by describing the following common causes of treatment failure.... Read More

Routine hoof care is critical for your horse’s soundness and well-being. “A lot of times, when horses are on pasture, not in performance and not getting ridden very often, hoof problems arise due to longer intervals between care,” Tanner says. Whether a horse is barefoot or shod, “routine trimming by a skilled farrier,” is essential to reduce the possibility of laminitis, he adds.

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Fighting White Line Disease

April 30, 2007

Untreated white line disease can undermine your horse's feet, causing lameness and coffin bone instability.... Read More

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Laminitis: Coming Out of the Dark (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

April 27, 2007

There isn't yet a complete answer to how laminitis works and how to treat it, although researchers in several countries are working on it. D'Arpe characterizes the current state of laminitis knowledge by comparing it to the early stages of fracture... Read More

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Acute and Chronic Laminitis: An Equine Podiatrist's Perspective

April 21, 2007

Acute and chronic laminitis is a frustrating and often disheartening condition to manage. Having had the opportunity to observe, treat and shoe laminitic horses for over 30 years, I have a unique prospective into this disease.

The biggest... 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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Equine Podiatry: Underrun Heels and Egg Bar Shoes

April 14, 2007

One veterinarian describes the causes of and a traditional treatment method for underrun heels.... Read More

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Putting Science Into Farriery: Lameness Evaluation

April 09, 2007

When a group of people are standing at the barn watching a "lame" horse move, many of you will say he's lame in different legs. How do you know who's right? If it makes you feel any better, picking out the source of lameness isn't always easy fo... Read More