Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance

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Barefoot versus Shod Discussed

July 25, 2007

If hoof structures are poorly developed, then they will be less capable of going barefoot and, even when shod, not as ready for withstanding continuous training. To avoid sore feet, the quality of the trimming and shoeing and interval between shoeing... 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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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 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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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First New Jersey Horse Industry Symposium Sept. 20

September 17, 2006

The first New Jersey Horse Industry Symposium will be held at Monmouth Park on Sept. 20.

The event brings together representatives of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New... Read More