Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance


Sole Bruising

December 01, 2000

A bruised sole can happen as quickly and simply as a horse stepping on a rock or working on a hard surface. It can occur as the result of excessive hoof trimming, or be associated with laminitis. Sole bruising can be an uncomplicated condition... Read More


Nominees Sought For Veterinarians Hall of Fame

October 20, 2000

American Farriers Journal is accepting nominations for the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame's class of 2001.

The Hall of Fame was established by American Farriers Journal in 1997, to recognize... Read More


Finding a Farrier

October 01, 2000

If you’ve ever moved to a new town, you know how difficult it can be to find good service professionals: auto mechanics, hairdressers, doctors, dentists, and so on. You know your needs, but how do you select the appropriate providers when you... Read More


Hoof Supplements: Feeding The Feet

September 01, 2000

Fed in the recommended amounts, the vast majority of hoof supplements will do no harm to your horse, but beware of feeding higher levels than suggested on the label, or doubling up with multiple supplements.... Read More


Health Scheduling

August 01, 2000

For first-time horse owners, getting a new horse can border on the overwhelming. You have to find a suitable boarding barn or create adequate stabling on your own property and buy tack, grooming equipment, cooling sheets and/or blankets. Yo... Read More


Bar Shoes

July 01, 2000

Once regarded as pretty radical, bar shoes now are experiencing something of a renaissance. In particular, egg bar shoes are being fitted to more feet now more than ever before-even those belonging to horses in high-intensity athletic careers,... Read More


Hoof Abscesses

April 01, 2000

A hoof abscess is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. It occurs swiftly and usually needlessly--a nail or sharp piece of wire or metal is left lying about, an unlucky horse steps on the object, penetration occurs, and is followe... Read More


Coffin Bone Fractures

March 01, 2000

My horse has been diagnosed with a fractured coffin bone. What could have caused it, and what is the prognosis?

Fractures of the coffin bone or distal phalanx usually occur in the horse following some type of trauma, often from... Read More


100 Years of Horse Health Care

January 01, 2000

Standing on the fresh field of a brand new century, we look eagerly-if sometimes cautiously-toward the horizon and the unknown future awaiting us. We hope that, in the months and years to come, we will solve problems long puzzled over and finish... Read More


Problems With Hooves

January 01, 2000

It takes nearly a year for the hoof to grow down from the coronary band to the ground. Therefore, anything that happens to the horse -- whether specific trauma to the foot or a systemic problem -- can affect the health of the hoof for a long time.... Read More


UC Davis Announces Research Topics

January 01, 2000

The University of California (UC), Davis, Center for Equine Health (CEH), has announced its research topics for 1999-2000. According to Director Gregory Ferraro, DVM, in The Research Preview, the studies funded by the CEH this year are... Read More


Blackburn TRF Opens in Kentucky

January 01, 2000

Kentucky dedicated the nation’s third major Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) facility for the rehabilitation and retirement of former racehorses. The facility officially opened on Nov. 19, 1999, with a ceremony at the Blackburn... Read More


A Footwear Primer

November 01, 1999

Understanding the various types of equine footwear can help owners decide which shoes suit their horses best.... Read More


Sheared Heels: Nature or Nurture?

September 01, 1999

Have you ever paid attention to the way people walk? Some are pigeon-toed, others are "duck-footed." Some wear the insides of their shoe heels; others do just the opposite. Yet, most are perfectly "sound" and healthy.

The same principle... Read More


Safe Use of Grooming Products

June 01, 1999

Explore lotions, creams, and ointments, along with grooming tools and beauty wraps you use on your horse.... Read More


American Farrier's Association Convention

May 01, 1999

The American Farrier’s Association Convention held in Lexington, Ky., March 3-6, was planned with the professional farrier in mind. While the lion and the lamb vollied outdoors throughout the four-day event, inside the convention center farriers... Read More


Emergency Hoof Care: Pulled Shoes

April 01, 1999

Horses lose shoes for many reasons, and a lost shoe--or the cause of it--is the topic most likely to send a farrier's blood pressure into orbit.... Read More


Spring Tune-Up

March 01, 1999

We are ready for a new season of fun riding or competing. The question that must be answered at this point is this: How ready are our horses? In some cases, the answer is that they are kept ready all year long. ... Read More


10 Tips For Winter Hoof Care

January 01, 1999

Does the sound of sleigh bells set your nerves on edge, anticipating a wreck on the icy patch down the road? Do you dream of the day next spring when you will be able to see your horse below his knees? Do you lie awake at night designing... Read More


Appropriations Bill Includes Money For Horse Programs

November 06, 1998

The American Horse Council (AHC) reports that before adjourning Congress passed a giant Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which included federal funding for several equine programs the AHC has been working for on behalf of the... Read More


Hoof Wall and White Line Disease

November 01, 1998

The more you read about white line disease, and the more you talk to farriers and veterinarians about it, the more you think there might be some wisdom to those who shrug and say, "White line disease? Never see it. Not in any of my clients' horses." ... Read More


Communicating With Your Farrier

November 01, 1998

If you're anything like me, you find farriery a bit of a mystery. After years of horse ownership, I can give an antibiotic injection prescribed by my veterinarian without flinching, I can spot a slipped stifle at 100... Read More


A New Theory About Equine Foot Physiology

October 30, 1998

A Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine researcher has pieced together a new picture of equine foot physiology that suggests vascular systems in horse hooves function in much the same way that air- or... Read More


Working Horses on Hard Surfaces

September 01, 1998

Hard surfaces come in many forms. There's that parking lot where you lunged your horse last weekend at the horse show. There's that cracked-clay pasture where your horse was turned out all last summer. There's that poor-excuse-for-an-arena down at th... Read More


Egg Bar Shoes

August 01, 1998

An egg bar is simply an oval-shaped horseshoe. Where the heels would normally end, they keep going--but in a circular direction, creating an oval back to the shoe.... Read More