Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance

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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

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High-Performance Hoof Care Meets Research at New Hampshire Farrier-Veterinarian Conference

February 01, 2002

The Rochester (NH) Equine Clinic cleverly wed research to practice in its 14th Annual Farrier-Veterinarian Conference, held Dec. 13-14, 2001 and sponsored by Hoofcare & Lameness Magazine.

Washington veterinarian/researcher Olin... Read More

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Winter Traction Devices: Get a Grip Before You Slip!

January 01, 2002

Snow and ice during winter can cause footing problems for horses, especially those which are called upon to do something other than loaf in the pasture or paddock. The problems include snow and ice, which translate into difficulty in maintaining... Read More

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International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame Inducts Three Farriers

December 27, 2001

Three men who have dedicated their lives to the industry of horseshoeing have been named to the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.

Members of the Class of 2002 include: Seamus Brady of Bridgewater, N.J., Henry Heymering of... Read More

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Which Foot to Pad?

December 01, 2001

Q. I just read your June “Ask the Vet” article about muscle toning and development (article #2775). It describes my horse exactly! Her left shoulder is more developed, and the right shoulder is farther forward and flat. Her... Read More

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Nail-Free Footwear

December 01, 2001

Tough. Resilient. Protective. Whether on a human foot or a horse's hoof, a shoe supports weight and helps one overcome environmental hazards. With today’s technology, equine footwear can "stick" to a hoof without the traditional nails. Tough... Read More

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The Invincible Farrier Rig

November 02, 2001

Imagine having a farrier and vet examine your horse, take X rays, evaluate the film, and shoe your horse accordingly, all on-site and without waiting. Sound impossible? Harry Krippes, a farrier based in Lowell, Fla., has found a way to make this... Read More

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Grants Awarded

November 01, 2001

Three veterinarians will share grant money totaling $18,818 to pursue research projects benefiting equine medicine. The grants are awarded annually to resident and graduate student veterinarians, and were approved by the American Association of... Read More

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Hoof Pads for Healing

November 01, 2001

They come with an assortment of labels: "high-tech hoof pads," "comfort system pads," "hoof support systems," etc. They come in a variety of thicknesses and materials. But by whatever they’re dubbed, these designer pads have two things in common... Read More

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Foal Hoof Care

October 18, 2001

Among the many factors that determine the success of a foal as a sales yearling or as a mature athlete are management decisions about its feet and limbs during its first four months of life. Because a solid foundation for performance in the... Read More

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The Equine Foot -- Form and Function

October 15, 2001

There is an adage that is as old as the modern-day horse. It goes something like this: No foot, no horse. My late father, who could pick out a minute leg or foot unsoundness at a glance, used to lecture his young son about the importance of good... Read More

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Hoof Wall Repair

October 15, 2001

In one study involving Moyer and Sigafoos at New Bolton Center, 19 horses were admitted with severe hoof crack problems that were of a severity that the horses were lame and unable to perform. In each case, the damage was repaired by using a fabric... Read More

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Progress in Lameness Therapy: Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium 1997

October 11, 2001

Any treatment of laminitis must be prefaced by answering questions such as: "Do I save this horse regardless of the cost? Is it imperative that this horse race again?" What sort of care will be available to the horse following application of special ... Read More

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The Magic of Disney

October 11, 2001

Walt Disney World in Florida is in the process of celebrating its 25th anniversary, and there hasn't been a year of the magic without horses. Walt Disney himself was an avid horseman, playing polo and envisioning a very horse-oriented park with... Read More

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Navicular Syndrome

October 10, 2001

Most veterinarians and farriers agree that navicular-type lameness is the foot's response to stress, particularly repetitive stress that can put uneven pressure on different parts of the horse's foot.... Read More

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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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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