Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance

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Introduction to Farriery Short Course Scheduled

October 12, 2011

The University of Maryland Extension has scheduled an Introduction to Farriery Short Course for Dec. 3-4.... Read More

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The Bare Foot

October 01, 2011

A horse's genetics, trimming, and diet have a great impact on bare foot health.... Read More

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Therapeutic Shoeing Part 1: Foot Fundamentals

September 01, 2011

Addressing the anatomy, conformation, and biomechanical principles of the equine foot.... Read More

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Corrective Hoof Care Keeps Tiny Horse on Her Feet

July 04, 2011

Buttercup needs special glue-on shoes that only attach to the outside of her foot to provide support to her ... Read More

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Long Toes in Horses: A Pain in the Butt?

May 03, 2011

Your equine athlete's performance hasn't been blue ribbon-worthy as of late. Or maybe your broodmare's gaits are looking a little off kilter. Could long toes on the hind feet be to blame? According to the results of a recent study, the answer in some... Read More

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Navicular Disease: Possible New Treatment Option from Human Medicine

April 09, 2011

In certain cases of navicular disease, drilling a hole into the navicular bone--a procedure called core decompression that's commonly used to treat human osteonecrosis (bone death caused by poor blood supply to the area)--might provide a new ... Read More

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How to Manage a Quarter Crack in Equine Hooves

March 17, 2011

Lameness caused by quarter cracks is a nemesis of horses and owners, and treatment is often complex. ... Read More

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Finding a Farrier

March 01, 2011

Find the best farrier to take care of your horse's feet with these six tips for seeking out a horseshoer.... Read More

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Hoof Cracks, Wounds, and More Discussed at Farrier Session (AAEP 2010)

February 12, 2011

"No foot, no horse" is perhaps the most used and still the most true statement there is in horse care. A horse is generally worthless without functional feet, which is why the American Association of Equine Practitioners devoted a... Read More

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Foot Lameness Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

February 05, 2011

A mix of veterinarians and farriers discussed ringbone-related (a degenerative disease of the pastern and coffin joints) lameness and using MRI to better diagnosis foot lameness at a Table Topic discussion on foot lameness conducted at the 2010 ... Read More

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Young Horse Development: Birth to Six Months

February 01, 2011

Learn about the factors contributing to a foal's healthy development as he grows into a young horse: Genetics, nutrition, social development, immunity, growth rates, weaning, hoof care, and more.... Read More

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Assessing Equine Hoof Balance

February 01, 2011

The old adage "No Hoof, No Horse" has never been truer than in this day and age. Balancing your horse's feet has become more of a factor in promoting good performance and long-term soundness. The optimum balance comes as the horse's weight is... Read More

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2011 KHC Conference Features Equine Business, Farriery Seminars

January 03, 2011

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) Annual Conference will be held Jan. 14 at the Lexington Convention Center in conjunction with the Ag Industry Trade Show, Kentucky Cattlemen's Convention, and Burley Tobacco Coop Conference. The conference officially ... Read More

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Winter Farm Care Checklist

January 01, 2011

Experts share their time-tested steps for cold weather readiness around the barn.... Read More

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Equine Navicular Disease

January 01, 2011

The navicular bone, a small, boat-shaped bone nestled deep in the protective womb of the hoof, only measures approximately 6 cm wide and 2 cm deep (top to bottom) in an average 1,200-pound horse, so how can such a small bone be such a nuisance?... Read More

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The Fight to Conquer Equine Laminitis

January 01, 2011

Teams of veterinarians and farriers from around the country gathered at the fifth International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot to discuss the most cutting-edge information available for the fight to conquer laminitis.... Read More

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Farrier Association Donation Supports UM Equine Program

December 29, 2010

The University of Maine's (UM) equine program received a donation from the Maine Farriers Association on Dec. 10.
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UC Davis to Host "Hoof Management in Sport Horses" Lecture

December 25, 2010

The 2011 Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture will take place on Jan. 29, 2011, at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Michael Ross, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, and Patrick Reilly, farrier, both from the New Bolton Center of the ... Read More

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In-Shoe Force Measurements Help Farriers Address Hoof Balance

December 17, 2010

The concept of a balanced foot can be subjective, but farriers are now using technological advances to take some of the guesswork out of the process. Patrick T. Reilly, chief of farrier services at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, ... Read More

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Using Force Measurements to Help Shoe Laminitic Horses

December 15, 2010

Corrective shoeing for laminitis doesn't always work, despite veterinarians' and farriers' best efforts, and it's not always clear why a particular shoeing job isn't successful. In-shoe force measurements, however, can show the effects of shoeing on ... Read More

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Farriery Track Returns to AAEP Convention

December 05, 2010

"The AAEP feels it's very important to try to bring vets and farriers together," said Steve O'Grady, DVM, BVSc, MRCVS. "The AAEP accomplishes that by providing quality continuing education for both veterinarians and farriers and by bringing farriers... Read More

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Rehabilitating Chronically Laminitic Feet

December 01, 2010

How veterinarians and farriers manage the chronically laminitic foot can often determine whether that horse can live a useful, relatively pain-free life. During the Sept. 17-18 Laminitis West Conference in Monterey, Calif., Bob Agne, DVM, ...... Read More

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Trail Riding Group Changes Hoof Protection Rule

November 22, 2010

Beginning in 2011 the NATRC will allow in competition all hoof boots designed for sole protection.... Read More

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Preventing Laminitis in At-Risk Horses

November 15, 2010

Even though veterinarians and farriers are making progress in developing laminitis treatment techniques and researching the causes of laminitis, prevention is still the No. 1 defense against a disease that plagues all too many horses. During the... Read More

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Clogs to Treat Laminitis

November 10, 2010

Who ever heard of shoeing a horse with plywood, screws, and a drill, especially a laminitic horse? It might sound like the worst kind of backyard farriery, but this method is finding favor with a growing number of veterinarians and farriers. ... Read More