Recent News for Hoof Care

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Feeding the Foot

October 10, 2001

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

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The Natural Hoof: A Sign of the Times

October 10, 2001

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

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AESM Convention

October 10, 2001

Researchers, veterinarians, and horse people from around the world gathered in San Antonio in April for the 16th meeting of the Association for Equine Sports Medicine (AESM). The program included three full days of presentations concerning the... Read More

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Navicular Syndrome Treatment: The Brave New World

October 09, 2001

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

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Puncture Wounds in the Foot

October 09, 2001

Within this subject, it is also a good time to discuss simple foot abscesses, as they are a common--and often the best possible--outcome for a puncture wound to the foot. Generally before infection can take hold, the puncture must penetrate the dead ... Read More

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Hoof Preparation Products

October 09, 2001

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

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WEVA: On the Move

October 08, 2001

They met in Italy to exchange information about reproduction, sports medicine, infectious diseases, transportation, and surgery. The more than 300 delegates from 29 different countries, including Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark... Read More

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Thermography: Diagnosis Tool for Horses

October 04, 2001

The infrared heat that a horse emits from its body can be "viewed" via a specialized camera and monitor. The heat patterns that can be seen show a trained practitioner how the blood flow is normal, or abnormal, in a particular horse. ... Read More

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Tending To A Tender Foot

October 03, 2001

Although the equine hoof is a marvel of resiliency, it's not made of rubber, or titanium, or diamond. As a living structure, it has its vulnerabilities, and when faced with unusual stresses, it shows them. Stone bruises, those... Read More

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Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium 1999

October 02, 2001

The name of the conference might be misleading, because the 10th Annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium in Louisville, Ky., covered topics from how nutrition affects hooves to what stimulates hooves to grow. The theme of this year's symposium was... Read More

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Horse Show Shoes

October 01, 2001

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

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Nail-Quicked

October 01, 2001

Shoeing is necessary to protect the hooves of many hard-working horses, and nails are of course an important part of the process. Ideally, horseshoe nails enter the outer hoof wall, which lies adjacent to the "quick," or the sensitive laminae... Read More

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Puncture Wounds in Horses

September 17, 2001

Puncture wounds can be difficult to treat and can lead to a horse contracting tetanus. ... Read More

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Scintigraphy: Get It While It's Hot

September 13, 2001

Many times radiographs fail to show even stress fractures. Enter nuclear scintigraphy. This sophisticated technology uses radioactive material that, combined with a bone-seeking agent, is capable of locating stress fractures and other bone damage. ... Read More

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Hoof Repair

September 13, 2001

When your farrier and/or your veterinarian discuss how to solve the hoof problems you are encountering with your horse--be it from injury or disease--you will be better able to understand your options, and get your horse back on his feet in the short... Read More

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Shoeing The Laminitic Horse

September 13, 2001

Of all the medical crises that can afflict a horse, laminitis surely is one of the most alarming. Horribly painful, and potentially devastating to his long-term soundness, the strange syndrome whereby the coffin bone inside the hoof begins to... Read More

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Computerizing the Hoof

September 12, 2001

"The biggest problem as I see it," quips Wendy Wergeles, 20-year trainer and event rider of Cottonwood Farm, Los Alamos, Calif., "is that horse owners and even novice competitors understand very little about their horses' feet. They hire a... Read More

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The Barefoot Horse: Romance vs. Reality

September 12, 2001

By leaving a horse barefoot, one allows the hoof's natural functions of shock absorption, traction, and biomechanics to perform at their optimum. Shoes inhibit natural function and the horse's natural way of going, and limb interference with shoes... Read More

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Joints Part 2: Joint Disease

September 01, 2001

When equine joint injury occurs, you can turn to sophisticated specialists who have devoted their careers to repairing the damage, just as race car drivers can turn to top mechanics. Unfortunately, the equine specialists do not have the luxury... Read More

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Is He Really Lame?

August 01, 2001

You want your horse to be sound and stay sound. But calling the vet out for a thorough workup every time your horse stumbles or acts stiff can get costly, and waste your veterinarian's valuable time--especially if those problems turn out to be... Read More

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

August 01, 2001

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

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The Latest on Laminitis

August 01, 2001

Of all the ailments a horse can suffer, laminitis is the one that unfailingly strikes fear into the heart of an owner. Nothing else has as devastating an effect because while laminitis is not always fatal, it promises weeks or months of agony fo... Read More

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Barefoot Benefits

July 01, 2001

We often assume a horse needs shoes without really thinking about why or how that affects a horse's overall health. Yet standard veterinary texts, such as books by James Rooney, DVM, and O.R. Adams, DVM, on... Read More

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Stepping Ahead: Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium 2001

June 01, 2001

Laminitis is one of the most serious and difficult-to-treat diseases horses can get, and only by learning everything about this problem can we prevent and treat it successfully. Enter the 14th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium held Jan. 25-27... Read More

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Navicular Problems: Symptoms and Treatment

June 01, 2001

So many times, a horse gets labeled as suffering from "navicular," and people shy away from him as if he were Typhoid Mary, not knowing how to treat or even visualize the problem. In recent decades, however, much has been learned about the area... Read More