Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance

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Firocoxib, Acetaminophen Eyed as Laminitis Treatments

July 29, 2015

Firocoxib and acetaminophen showed promise in alleviating acute equine foot pain, researchers found.... Read More

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Should I Wrap an Abscessed Hoof?

July 22, 2015

Dr. Britt Conklin offers suggestions on how to keep an abscessed hoof clean.... Read More

Standardbred racehorses are prone to coffin bone wing fractures.

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Coffin Bone Fractures

July 08, 2015

Learn why this inner hoof structure fails and what veterinarians do to diagnose and treat it. ... Read More

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Are Unshod Dressage Horses at a Competitive Disadvantage?

July 01, 2015

Some riders believe shoes help give a dressage horse better gaits; scientists have found that idea to be mostly a myth.... Read More

Following nerve removal, Dr. Withers stitches the incision up before moving on to the next leg.

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A Day Spent at an Equine Clinic Abroad

June 23, 2015

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the goings-on of a U.K. vet clinic and its differences from ones stateside.... Read More

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Thwarting Thrush

June 16, 2015

Thrush can cause serious and sometimes permanent lameness if not treated promptly and properly.... Read More

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Grayson-Jockey Club Offers Free Online Courses

June 11, 2015

The Advanced Horsemanship Program's first modules focus on EHV-1, the hoof, and the National Uniform Medication Program.... Read More

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Wedge Pads and Navicular Horses

June 10, 2015

A veterinarian and farrier addresses the benefits and concerns of wedge pads in shoeing horses with navicular syndrome.... Read More

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2015 USEF High-Performance Sports Medicine Meeting Tweets

June 08, 2015

Get take-home messages from the 2015 USEF High-Performance Sports Medicine Veterinary Meeting in Portland, Oregon.... Read More

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Nutritional Support for Horse Hooves

May 21, 2015

The complex equine hoof relies on important nutritional building blocks for strength and integrity.... Read More

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Veterinarians Discuss Limb Deformities

May 15, 2015

Two equine surgeons shared their thoughts on rotational limb deformities, contracted carpal joints, club feet, and more.... Read More

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Veterinarians: Manage Feet for Function

May 02, 2015

Hoof-related issues are a hot topic in veterinary medicine. Here's what practitioners discussed at a recent meeting.... Read More

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Evidence-Based Farriery: The Proof is in the Hoof

April 15, 2015

Don't rely on hearsay when it comes to caring for your horses' hooves.... Read More

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Study Evaluates Horseshoes, Track Type, Thoroughbred Safety

April 15, 2015

Researchers examined the loading rates on a hoof of a galloping horse wearing different aluminum racing shoes.... Read More

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Strange Stance for Shoeing

April 06, 2015

Learn why one gelding acts odd during farrier visits.... Read More

Routine hoof care is critical for your horse’s soundness and well-being. “A lot of times, when horses are on pasture, not in performance and not getting ridden very often, hoof problems arise due to longer intervals between care,” Tanner says. Whether a horse is barefoot or shod, “routine trimming by a skilled farrier,” is essential to reduce the possibility of laminitis, he adds.

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Introduction to Farriery Course Scheduled for May 15

April 05, 2015

Lecture topics will include hoof anatomy and physiology, trimming the balanced foot, when shoes are necessary, and more.... Read More

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How to Manage the Club Foot: Birth to Maturity

March 25, 2015

A club foot can often be corrected with proper and early intervention, especially in young horses.... Read More

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Hoof Abscesses: Does Epsom Salt Really Help?

February 24, 2015

A veterinarian considers if Epsom salts and poultices really help draw out hoof abscesses.... Read More

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The Farrier's Role in Horse Hoof Care

February 11, 2015

Take time to recognize the significant contributions farriers make to the equine community.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Trail Hoof Wear

February 03, 2015

Of the 1,003 respondents, 402 (40%) said their horses go barefoot on trails.... Read More

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Can I Give My Horse Biotin Supplements Designed for Humans?

January 26, 2015

Find out how biotin might help hoof and haircoat. ... Read More

Hoof testers add pressure to the foot’s sole and can indicate if the horse has any hoof discomfort or pain.

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Using Flexion and Wedge Tests to Diagnose Foot Pain

January 22, 2015

Learn how equine practitioners can assess and pinpoint the source of foot pain using a methodical series of tests.... Read More

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Which Cryotherapy Method Works Best for Cooling Hooves?

January 18, 2015

Methods that immerse the hoof and limb in ice and water to at least fetlock level are most effective.... Read More

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UT Veterinary College Offers Conference for Horse Owners

January 04, 2015

Lecture topics will include hoof care, nutrition, emergency care, dentistry, eye diseases, behavior, and more.... Read More

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New Year's Resolutions for Maximizing Horse Health in 2015

January 01, 2015

Here are five ways to help your horse stay healthy and happy through the new year.... Read More