Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance

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Pigeon Fever Found in Florida Horses

May 28, 2010

Traditionally considered a West Coast disease, pigeon fever was recently diagnosed in several Florida horses. Pigeon fever is caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, which tends to live in the soil in hot, dry env... Read More

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Horse Rescued From Tennessee Flood

May 11, 2010

A 3-year-old Paint horse is safe at home with his owner after traveling more than 10 miles down the Cumberland River when heavy rains caused flooding in Nashville, Tenn., and surrounding areas earlier this month.

The horse was in a p... Read More

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Hoofin' It in Boots

May 01, 2010

Hoof boots aren't just for emergencies or soaking injured feet; these boots are made for walking, running, climbing, and more. Are boots right for you and your horse? If so, how do you pick out the right boot? Read on to find out.... Read More

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Free Horse Owners Seminar Series at Iowa State

April 16, 2010

Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is introducing a series of free seminars for horse owners this year. They will be held on the first Tuesday of the month once a quarter at the Ames, Iowa, school.

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UK Farm a Site for Student Learning

March 23, 2010

Visitors to Fasig-Tipton Company and the Kentucky Horse Park might have noticed the new stone walls and University of Kentucky insignia along Newtown Pike, but might not know what occurs behind those walls on UK's Maine Chance Equine Campus... Read More

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Horse Skeleton Donated to New Bolton Center

March 08, 2010

The New Bolton Center recently received a fully-constructed skeleton of a horse. Acquired in a raffle at the recent American Farrier's Journal Annual Hoof Summit Conference in Cincinnati, the skeleton was given to the school by Bill ... Read More

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Equine Foot Lameness Discussed by AAEP Veterinarians

March 05, 2010

Foot lameness in horses was the topic of two separate Table Topics during the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., in early December. About 100 veterinarians attended each session.

A... Read More

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Horse Hoof Trimming Guidelines (AAEP 2009)

February 04, 2010

One of the biggest troubles with discussing horse hoof trimming and balance is that when it comes to hoof balance, there isn't a set definition. This makes it challenging for everyone to achieve a balanced foot. At the 2009 American Associa... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Council Modifies Mission

January 13, 2010

The Kentucky Horse Council said Jan. 12 it has modified its mission statement to offer a "more accurate reflection" of how its role in the equine community has evolved.

The KHC board of directors recently adopted the new mi... Read More

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Foal with Hoof Problems (Club Foot)

January 01, 2010

A veterinarian / farrier describes managing a Quarter Horse early club foot with trimming and surgery.... Read More

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Horse Hoof Anatomy: A Guided Tour

January 01, 2010

As a horse owner/caretaker, knowing the basics of hoof anatomy and physiology can help you keep your horses sound and bring them back from lameness more quickly. Plus, it certainly helps to understand what the heck your veterinarian and/or farrier ar... Read More

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Exercise Causes Slight Hoof Changes, Researchers Report

December 12, 2009

About 30% of lameness in horses is associated with foot problems, yet little research focuses on the biomechanics and function of the equine hoof. Researchers recently found slight differences in horses' hooves following exercise.... Read More

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Contracted and Sheared Heels

November 01, 2009

A number of factors must fit together seamlessly in order for a horse to remain sound and healthy: His hooves must bear weight properly in order to stay sound, with multiple structures sharing the load. If there is too much stress on any one part, o... Read More

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Texas Equine Podiatry Conference Registration Open

October 16, 2009

The Texas Equine Veterinary Association (TEVA) and the Podiatry Center at Reata Equine Hospital are hosting the Second Annual Texas Equine Podiatry Conference on Nov. 12-14, 2009, in Fort Worth, Texas.
 
Hot on the heels of last year'... Read More

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When Does a Horse Need a Farrier?

October 15, 2009

We all know what it feels like to break a fingernail or toenail, and it is certainly not comfortable. Luckily for humans, we do not have to walk or stand on that nail after it has been cracked or split. Horses do not have that same luxury. When ... Read More

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Basic Hoof Care

October 01, 2009

A horse is only as sound as his feet. Care and management of the feet will vary, however, depending on the individual horse, his conformation and hoof structure, environment and climate, and use. Whether he needs to be shod or can be left barefoot wi... Read More

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Hoof Abscesses in Horses

September 01, 2009

The scenario is all too familiar for many horse owners ... yesterday your horse was sound, but today you find him crippled, with no apparent injury! What could have happened? Odds are this horse has a hoof abscess. Sooner or later, nearly all... Read More

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Earning Back Trust

August 01, 2009

I have a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Simon, that I have owned for five years. I need some real advice be... Read More

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Toe Grab Recommendations Adjusted by Jockey Club

July 23, 2009

After discussions with industry participants and a review of all scientific research available on the use of toe grabs on the front shoes of Thoroughbreds, The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee recommends adjusting the current RCI Model... Read More

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Delaware Track Adopts Emergency Rule on Toe Grab Horseshoes

July 17, 2009

After noticing an unusually high number of horses stumbling at the start during the first month of the Delaware Park meet, the Delaware Racing Commission adopted an emergency regulation that allows toe grabs with a height of up to four... Read More

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Hoof Anatomy Video Released by Racehorse Safety Group

June 29, 2009

A free educational video that examines the physiology of the equine hoof and demonstrates proper care and shoeing techniques is now available. "The Hoof: Inside and Out" is offered online and as DVD by the Shoeing and Hoof Care Committee of the... Read More

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American Farrier's Association to Provide Hoof Care at WEG Test Events

June 11, 2009

The American Farrier's Association (AFA) will provide hoof care services for the test events leading up to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

As the Official Farriers for the games, the AFA has extended its partnership to provide... Read More

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Farriery: Past, Present, and Future

June 08, 2009

In the future Moyer predicted more use of glue-on shoes, more new shoeing materials from metals to composites, a move to more group/corporate farriery and veterinary operations, more partnering between veterinarians and farriers... Read More

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Keeping Performance Horses Sound, AAEP 2008

June 04, 2009

Evaluating what trimming/shoeing these horses need requires a combination of gait evaluation; hoof tester examination; discussion of the horse's history with the owner, trainer, and veterinarian; and evaluation of the wear patterns of the old shoes. ... Read More

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Wisconsin Vet School Offers Free Talk on Equine Podiatry

June 03, 2009

Horse owners who want to learn more about proper equine foot care and maintenance are invited to attend a free talk at the University of Wisconsin's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Oct. 22.

Farrier Dean Johanningmeier, who has... Read More