Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance


Protecting the Elbow From the Shoe

July 01, 2004

I'm desperate to find some way to prevent my 20-year-old Thoroughbred mare from cutting her elbow on her egg-bar shoe when lying down. She has been wearing egg-bars on her front feet to give her a little extra support since she pulled her front... Read More


Managing Hoof Problems in Horses

June 01, 2004

Just about every horse out there has what we might call a hoof problem on at least one of his four feet. It might be a simple mismatch that might not be a problem, or it might be much more serious. In any case, hoof problems, regardless ... Read More


Farriery is Veterinary Medicine in Florida

April 27, 2004

On March 2, the Florida Board of Veterinary Practice (FBVP) unanimously voted that their interpretation of the state's practice act (which governs animal care and what is construed as veterinary medicine) said acupressure, aromatherapy, animal... Read More


Gait Monitoring System Introduced

April 13, 2004

Farriers got an eyeful of what the future might hold for them at the highest levels of equestrian sport at the American Farrier's Association (AFA) Convention, held in March 2004 in Rochester, New York. This future is specialized video monitorin... Read More


Preventing Supporting Limb Laminitis (AAEP 2003)

March 01, 2004

Laminitis in the contralateral (same end--fore or hind--opposite leg) limb is a well-recognized and potentially devastating sequela (result) in horses with complete fractures, sepsis involving a synovial structure, catastrophic breakdown injuries... Read More


Managing Thin, Shelly Feet

March 01, 2004

Poor genetics, environment, nutrition, and foot care are the main causes of thin, shelly feet according to Ken Marcella, DVM, and farrier Jaye Perry. Marcella co-owns Chattahoochee Equine in Canton, Ga., and Perry, a farrier based in Cumming,... Read More


Lameness (AAEP Wrap-Up)

March 01, 2004

"The foot is involved, either directly or indirectly, in the large majority of lameness cases," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky.... Read More


Good and Bad-Footed Horses

February 25, 2004

Bowker, one of the foremost researchers on the structure of the horse's foot, discussed several characteristics that differ between "good" feet and "bad" feet in great detail. First, however, he defined what most consider a good, strong foot.... Read More


International Hoof-Care Summit Succeeds With Innovative Format

February 25, 2004

More than 500 farriers, equine veterinarians and other hoof-care professionals filled the lecture halls and meeting rooms of the first annual International Hoof-Care Summit, held Feb. 4 through 7 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The success of the Summit... Read More


Nutrient Requirements of the Foot

February 23, 2004

"The hoof is a truly dynamic architecture, and its nutrient supply is critical for its strength and function," said Connie Swenson, PhD, research nutritionist with Zinpro Corporation, at the Second International Equine Conference on Laminitis an... Read More


Chronically Laminitic Horses and Restoring P3 Alignment (AAEP 2003)

February 17, 2004

With chronic laminitis, O'Grady explained that toe-downward rotation of P3 (the coffin bone) often occurs, which results in more pressure placed on the solar corium (the highly vascular tissue from which the sole grows) under the apex of P3.... Read More


Developments in Understanding Laminitis

February 11, 2004

For those who follow horse laminitis research, the name of Chris Pollitt, BVSc, PhD, is synonymous with advanced research on the subject. At a recent laminitis conference, he discussed research into hoof growth, laminitis triggers, and cryotherapy.... Read More


Hoof Wall Growth and Adaptability

February 08, 2004

The structural appearance of the foot is continually being modified by the interactions of the foot with the environment and the environment's influences on the foot and hoof wall. The term environmental influences includes just about everything that... Read More


AAEP 2003: Podiatry Forum

February 03, 2004

While some forum discussions at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual convention are fairly small affairs, that wasn't true of the 2003 podiatry forum. About 65 veterinarians and farriers filled the room to discuss... Read More


Evaluating and Measuring Hoof Shape

February 01, 2004

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, recently developed a new three-dimensional system for measuring various aspects of the horse's sole. One day their work might help ascertain if hoof shape abnormalities can be predictors of... Read More


Clinical and Radiographic Examination of the Equine Foot

January 28, 2004

1. Introduction

Lameness is one of the most frequently encountered problems in equine practice. The foot is involved, either directly or indirectly, in the large majority of lameness cases, because it is the first line o... Read More


Heavy Hooves: Tufts to Host Unique Conference

January 15, 2004

Flying feathers and pounding hooves will be examined on March 26-28 as Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine hosts the nation's first conference specifically about lameness and shoeing of draft horses. The conference is being organized... Read More


Glass Horse Model Expanded

January 07, 2004

The popular three-dimensional electronic horse model, "The Glass Horse CD," which offered a novel look at the gastrointestinal anatomy of the horse when it was introduced in November of 2001, has a new companion that depicts the structures of th... Read More


Prevention for the Masses

January 01, 2004

Veterinary care doesn't come cheap. While conscientious horse owners realize that disease prevention is ultimately cheaper than disease treatment, when you have five, or 15, or 50 horses to care for and limits on your budget, you need to look... Read More


International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame Inducts Six New Members

December 08, 2003

Six horseshoers who have helped shape the modern farrier industry have been elected to the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame. They were chosen from a field of 66 nominees in voting by current members of the International Horseshoeing Hall... Read More


Where Does Laminitis Start?

December 01, 2003

New research will help determine where laminitis begins and how it affects internal structures of the foot. Hoof researcher David Hood, DVM, PhD, and his staff at the Hoof Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Clinic at Texas A&M University, joined... Read More


Professional Farriers to Gather in Rochester, NY, for Educational Event

November 26, 2003

Do not let your horse throw a shoe between February 25-28, 2004, as professional farriers from across North America and beyond will be temporarily unavailable.  Gathering at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY, leadin... Read More


The Basics of Breakover

November 01, 2003

What exactly is breakover? Most would answer that it is the horse's heel lifting off the ground and rotating over the toe as his foot leaves the ground. Breakover is simple in its definition, but pretty complex in its implications for your... Read More


Police Horse Diary 10/9/03

October 10, 2003

The two colts came down from Lloyd and Melanie Cancade’s ranch in Canada on a nice stock trailer with several other weanlings. I met Lloyd and a fellow who works for him at Asbury College near my home in Kentucky on the evening of Oct. 1 so we... Read More


Shoeing for Chronic Laminitis

October 01, 2003

There are limited options for effective treatment of horses with lameness due to chronic laminitis. A common practice involves therapeutic shoeing, which is intended to reduce pain, aid in healing, and help return the horse to activity. Recently... Read More