Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance

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Second Sound Horse Conference Planned for March 2009

October 30, 2008

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) has announced the details of the second national conference on ending soring of Tennessee Walking Horses and all gaited horse breeds. The conference will be held March 20 and 21, 2009, at the Paramount Plaza Hotel... Read More

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Trainers Weigh in on Racehorse Shoe Regulations

August 27, 2008

Some leading New York trainers said a ban on toe grabs on racehorses' shoes will help level the playing field, but they're not all convinced the shoes are responsible for catastrophic injuries.

The New York Racing Association in early August... Read More

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Barefoot vs. Shod

August 01, 2008

This point/counterpoint discusses the controversial issue of whether horses need to wear shoes. Back in 2002, Tufts University hosted a seminar for farriers and veterinarians to review the barefoot hoof care methods devise... Read More

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Hoof Care: Addressing the Individual

August 01, 2008

We have greatly altered the lifestyle of our domesticated horses. These changes have had some negative impacts on the horse, one example of which is the health and quality of the hoof capsule. The majority of the equine population is overweight,... Read More

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Kentucky Racing Group Approves Toe Grab Horseshoe Ban

July 15, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission July 14 unanimously approved regulations that would prohibit the use of horseshoes with toe grabs on front feet of horses racing in the state.

The regulation, which still must go through a public comment... Read More

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Vibram Hoof Pads

July 03, 2008

Vibram Hoof Pads are made using a unique process that bonds two layers of resilient Vibram rubber together. Each layer plays a different role in absorbing and distributing the shock that the hoof experiences on impact.... Read More

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Inside the Laminitic Foot

July 01, 2008

Learn how equine podiatrists assess, treat, and monitor laminitis. Laminitis is a terrifying mystery to many horse owners, in part because in the early stages a horse with tremendous damage can look and act much like a mil... Read More

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Readers Respond: Tip Toes

June 26, 2008

Almost 1,500 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What management methods does your hoof care professional use?"

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Photo Series Shows Big Brown's Belmont Shoe Trouble

June 24, 2008

Each day brings new entries in the "Brown Shoe Diaries." The latest photos from the Belmont Stakes reveal Big Brown was stepped on by Guadalcanal leaving the gate, and that the shoe did not re-set itself during the race as previously thought; th... Read More

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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'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'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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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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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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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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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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Landmarks for Evaluating, Trimming, and Shoeing the Equine Foot

December 19, 2007

From many horse owners' point of view, the farrier's profession throws out a lot of confusing terms and directives when it comes to balancing a foot. Fit the shoe full? Trim to the widest point of the frog? Use a four-point trim? These nebulous... Read More

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Simple Steps to Keeping Your Horse's Hooves Healthy

November 15, 2007

Rather than waiting until there's a problem with your horse's feet, take time now to protect and maintain these valuable structures inside and out.

Step one is understanding the subject so you can communicate knowledgeably with your... Read More

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Shoeless and Satisfied

September 01, 2007

I must take exception to comments by Stephen E. O'Grady, DVM, MRCVS, in "Barefoot vs. Shod: An Equine Podiatrist's Perspective" online at www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=9796. Nail... Read More