Recent News for Hoof Care

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Barbaro: A Life With Meaning

April 01, 2007

The heartbreaking end to Barbaro's saga was all too familiar to those who love horses, but the true meaning behind the story is uplifting and, as Roy Jackson (who owned Barbaro with his wife, Gretchen) says, full of positives and inspiration. On... Read More

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Feet First: Farriery Topics from the 2006 AAEP Convention

April 01, 2007

The annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, held in San Antonio, Texas, in early December 2006, had three sessions devoted to foot care that were open to farriers. Following are synopses of some of those presentations... Read More

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Function of the Palmar Foot

March 24, 2007

Several lameness problems can exist in the rear (palmar) half of a horse's foot; most bear the very general title of "heel pain." The real problem is that without very careful diagnosis, lameness in this general area might be attributed to the... Read More

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Laminitis to be Discussed at Nation's Largest Veterinary Internal Medicine Conference

March 24, 2007

Months after the equine community lost the Kentucky Derby Champion Barbaro to laminitis, veterinarians will gather in Seattle, Wash., at the 2007 ACVIM Forum on June 6-9 to discuss new ways to prevent and manage the disease that eventually led t... Read More

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Navicular Disease: MRI Provides New View

March 16, 2007

A large group of horses that developed clinical signs of navicular disease during the six months prior to exam were scanned with MRI. These horses demonstrated typical signs of bilateral forelimb lameness, sensitivity to hoof testers over the middle... Read More

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Trainer Wilhelm to Present Demonstration Tour for Andis

March 10, 2007

The Andis Company has announced that Charles Wilhelm will represent the company in demonstrations throughout the United States. Wilhelm is an internationally known horse trainer who has developed techniques that calm even the most... Read More

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Horseshoeing a Family Business for Michigan Farriers

March 10, 2007

A sizzle followed by a billow of foul-smelling smoke floated through the barn as Jeff Lickfeldt pressed a hot shoe to a Thoroughbred's hoof.

"That smells like money," he said laughing as it caused others' nostrils to curl.

For more tha... Read More

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Upright Foals

March 01, 2007

Some foals sharing the same sire are all walking on their tiptoes and are very upright. Is this genetic?... Read More

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Correcting Shelly Feet

March 01, 2007

Shelly, crumbly feet can be a challenge for horses and their owners. The feet break down too readily if the horse is barefoot, and they are unable to hold nails if he's shod. In this article we'll look at several causes and potential treatments for... Read More

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Supporting Limb Laminitis: Learning How to Save Horses Such As Barbaro

February 03, 2007

Barbaro's death might lead one to think that despite the best veterinary care available, horses with severe leg injuries and/or laminitis are unrecoverable and should be immediately destroyed. But one equine veterinarian says that couldn't be further... Read More

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Farrier Hygiene

February 01, 2007

To prevent white line disease from spreading, should I purchase my own farrier tools for the farrier to use?... Read More

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Breeding a Laminitic Mare?

February 01, 2007

Q: Is it safe to breed a mare that is prone to laminitis? A: There are several considerations that go into the decision to breed a mare that is prone to laminitis. Is the laminitis an occurrence that can usually be prevented by good dietary ... Read More

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Building Better Hooves

February 01, 2007

At some point, probably all of us have used some type of product to improve our horses' feet. And many of us haven't seen the results we wanted, so perhaps we tried another. And another. Despite our best efforts, some of us despair of ever having... Read More

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Barbaro Memorial Fund to Benefit Laminitis Research

February 01, 2007

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced today (Feb. 1) that it will lead a national fundraising program, the NTRA Charities Barbaro Memorial Fund, to raise awareness and money for equine health and safety research in the name of... Read More

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Readers Vote: Top Hoof Issues

January 28, 2007


A poll of readers showed laminitis, navicular disease, and barefoot vs. shod were their top issues involving horse feet.

When horse owners wer... Read More

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Barbaro "A Horse That Wants to Live"

January 11, 2007

Every time the outlook was grim for Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner pulled through like a champ.

Time will tell if he can do it again.

After months of upbeat progress reports, the horse suffered a significant setback Wednesday... Read More

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Washington Stallion Petersburg Dead

January 02, 2007

Guy Roberts reported the loss of his prominent stallion Petersburg Dec. 22. The 20-year-old son of Danzig, who had been ill the past few months, stood at Roberts' Guy Bar Farm near Sunnyside, Wash.

Bred in Kentucky by Seahorse 85, Petersbur... Read More

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The Laminitis Puzzle: Another Piece

November 26, 2006

People have worked at understanding laminitis for centuries; it's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle while still hunting for all the pieces. Recently, a human physiologist and an equine clinician at the University of Georgia provided another puzzl... Read More

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New Students Filling Farrier Shortage

November 20, 2006

Allen Ryunda is striking while the iron is hot. He wanted to save money by shoeing his own horses -- and in the process of learning how, he hit upon an ancient career still in demand.

"The guy I'm doing my apprenticeship with said he doesn'... Read More

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EHV Outbreak Negatively Impacts Meadowlands Meet

November 14, 2006

Edited press release

The Thoroughbred meet at Meadowlands that ended Nov. 11 was negatively impacted by an outbreak of equine herpes virus which placed nearly 100 horses in quarantine.

Wagering for the 33-date meet... Read More

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Veterinarians Use MRI to Diagnose Navicular Injury

October 18, 2006

Magnetic resonance imaging was important in making an accurate diagnosis and yielded evidence that navicular bone injury, even in the absence of radiographic evidence of a fracture, should be considered as a differential diagnosis for horses... Read More

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Another Good Week for Barbaro

October 03, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had another good week, and continues to please veterinarians with his progress. "He is doing very, very well," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "His appetite and vital signs continue to be... Read More

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Barbaro Remains an Inspiration On and Off the Track

October 01, 2006

Led to the gate for the first race of his career, Barbaro shied away, reluctant to get started.

A mile later, after an eye-catching 81/2-length victory on Oct. 4 at Delaware Park, trainer Michael Matz and owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson... Read More

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Am I Buying a Problem? (Laminitis)

October 01, 2006

I've been leasing a pony who foundered the past two years on spring grass. Is foundering chronic once started?... Read More

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Barbaro's Surgeon Answers Questions From the Public

October 01, 2006

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, the head of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, has been in the public eye since May 20 when he began treating Kentucky Derby winner... Read More