Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance

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Speed Limit

March 05, 2003

The racing Thoroughbred is trapped between a rock and a hard place. The rock is speed, which evolved slowly by natural selection for 50 million years, then rapidly by human hand the last 500. The hard place is where we find our ward today, beset... Read More

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10 Tips on Getting Ready for Spring

March 01, 2003

You can feel it. You can smell it. Spring is in the air. Oh, to be sure, we aren't finished with cold weather in many parts of the country, but it won't be long before we will be ready to head out trail riding or be off on the spring horse show... Read More

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Lower Limb Research at the Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium

March 01, 2003

Probably the foremost biomechanics researcher in the country, Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University's McPhail Equine Performance Center, discussed recent lower limb... Read More

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AAEP Convention: Horseman's Day

March 01, 2003

Horseman's Day, held for the third time as part of the annual AAEP convention, was another rousing success. Helping stimulate the interest and enthusiasm was the quality of the speakers. They couched their talks in terms the average horse owner... Read More

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Foot Work: Training for Hoof Care

February 01, 2003

My only horse finally lived out his days with me last fall. He died peacefully at the great old age of 32 years. He had been with me through thick and thin for 21 years, and was a sweetheart of a horse. He came to me completely broke and was... Read More

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Veterinarian/Farrier Relationship

January 01, 2003

The Practice Act laws state that only veterinarians can diagnose and treat health problems. The veterinarian has to keep records related to each visit and also must protect the confidentiality of your horse's records, and is the steward of that... Read More

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Training to Shoe Horses

January 01, 2003

Shoeing horses isn't easy. To do the job correctly, a farrier has to have an understanding of equine leg and hoof anatomy; knowledge of the biomechanics of these structures; enough biology knowledge to understand how the horse's soft tissues... Read More

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Foot Problems: One Step at a Time

January 01, 2003

We all should be aware of our level of competence with foot problems--horse owners, veterinarians, and farriers. Since there is no formal education in the field of podiatry, training must be sought on an individual basis. ... Read More

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Horseman's Day at the 2002 AAEP Convention

December 17, 2002

Horseman’s Day, held for the third time as part of the annual AAEP convention, was another rousing success. There weren’t as many people in attendance as there were in San Diego last year, but they were just as enthusiastic. AAEP officials said... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Podiatry Forum

December 11, 2002

“The horse’s foot is so integral to most of what we do in equine practice,” said moderator Gayle Trotter, DVM, MS, professor in clinical sciences at Colorado State University, in the Podiatry forum on Dec. 12 at the American Association of Equin... Read More

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Healing Hoof Cracks

December 01, 2002

Hoof cracks are a common occurrence in the feet of many domesticated horses, and they can range in severity from a minor blemish to a cause of serious lameness. Causative factors can vary widely, ranging from injury to imbalance of the foot.... Read More

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Underrun Heels--Not So Innocent

November 01, 2002

Underrun heels sounds like an innocent term. Certainly it doesn't strike fear into the hearts of horse owners in the same way as, say, navicular syndrome. It should. The disorder is so common today that many people fail to see it as an... Read More

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Hoof Dressings: What Studies Show

October 01, 2002

Hoof dressings aren't always what they're cracked up to be--at least not in the opinions of some experts. Ilka P. Wagner, DVM, owner of Equine Veterinary Services (Texas), and Susan Kempson, BSc, PhD, senior lecturer in Preclinical Veterinary... Read More

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Club Feet in Adult Horses

September 01, 2002

Some women love high heels. Walking in them might take some getting used to, but they provide the perfect look for big-city club-hopping or schmoozing at the latest gallery opening. They're not so great, though, for jogging or other sports. A... Read More

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New Focus on the Foot

July 01, 2002

No foot, no horse; these words are as true today as they were two hundred years ago. But during that time, the horse has gone from being a "beast of burden" as the major means of transportation to a leisure animal--one that we ride for pleasure... Read More

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Veterinarian Hall of Fame Inducts Two New Members

June 05, 2002

Two talented equine veterinarians have been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame for their extraordinary efforts in the area of hoof care. James Rooney, DVM, Dipl. ACVP, of Queenstown, Md.; and Richard Mansmann, VMD,... Read More

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From Forge to Foot

June 01, 2002

There isn't much time in the busy farrier's life to chat with his brethren of the forge. On the road before daylight, driving endless hours, and arriving home late at night after a hard day's work doesn't leave much time for socializing. However... Read More

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Hoofcare Education at Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium

April 01, 2002

One of the most common comments at the 15th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 21-23, 2002, was that if farriers or veterinarians don't have a passion for working on laminitic horses, they shouldn't take the cases.... Read More

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Predicting the Effects of Farriery Using a Computerized Model

April 01, 2002

A talented farrier and knowledgeable veterinarian can often do wonders for a lame horse. Applying corrective shoes can change the forces acting on the feet, improving many foot problems. Unfortunately, even the most talented farrier can... Read More

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Tufts Conference to Examine Risks and Benefits of Barefoot Hoofcare Methods

April 01, 2002

A unique seminar will be held at Tufts University May 4-5 to review the controversial barefoot hoof care methods put forth by German veterinarian and author Hiltrud Strasser, DVM.

In England, concern about harm to horses by Strasser devotee... Read More

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Wanted: Colorado Horses With Navicular

April 01, 2002

Researchers at Colorado State University's (CSU) Equine Orthopaedic Laboratory are once again recruiting horses suffering from navicular disease to participate in the second phase of a horseshoe study. The first study, which began last August,... Read More

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Emergency Shoe Removal

March 01, 2002

Everyone who owns a shod horse will have that horse lose a shoe at some point. Popped clinches, missing nails, interference from one limb to another, or an overreach can cause a shoe to come off. It might be a nuisance, but the shoe normally... Read More

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Nutrition and Hoof Growth

February 20, 2002

At the 15th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium January 21-23, Edgar A. Ott, PhD, of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, presented a review of the literature and research conducted at the University of Florida with E... Read More

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Shoeing Prescription for Ringbone

February 01, 2002

 My eventer was recently diagnosed with ringbone. I am led to believe that he should be shod so he can break over more easily, so I'm thinking of a rolled shoe. My question for the experts would be: How well can he jump with a rolled... Read More

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Can You Influence Hoof Growth?

February 01, 2002

We ask an awful lot of an animal who walks on his middle toenails. Humans have recognized for centuries that the foundation of a horse's soundness lies in his hooves--"No foot, no horse" is about as basic a principle as there is. It all comes... Read More