Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance


Managing Equine Foot Problems

May 01, 2012

The first step in managing an equine foot problem successfully is to attain an accurate diagnosis.... Read More


Spontaneous Quarter Crack? Check for Sheared Heels

March 19, 2012

One researcher says that it is very rare to see a spontaneous quarter crack not associated with sheared heels.... Read More


Does Equine Hoof Shape Have an Effect on Soundness?

January 10, 2012

Certain hoof characteristics can be associated with chronic lameness, while others point to a sound horse.... Read More


Recognize Insulin Resistance Before Laminitis Onset

January 06, 2012

Picking up on subtle signs of hyperinsulinemia is one way veterinarians can try to halt laminitis onset.... Read More


2012 International Hoof Care Summit Set for Jan. 31-Feb. 3

December 31, 2011

The summit will offer 68 hours of hoof care education focused around the theme "Zeroing in on Soundness."... Read More


Support Strategies in Chronic Laminitis Cases

December 26, 2011

One veterinarian says designing a specific strategy that addresses all the needs of an affected foot is key.... Read More


UC Davis Lecture Addresses Foot Shape, Shoeing Lame Horses

December 11, 2011

Sue Dyson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS, and Chris Gregory, CJF, FWCF, will present at the lecture in January.... Read More


Healing the Hoof During Therapy or Layup

December 09, 2011

Farriers can help devise a hoof care plan to helps a performance horse return to work as soon as possible.... Read More


Lameness in the Racehorse Table Topic (AAEP 2011)

December 05, 2011

Attendees discussed hoof lameness, club feet, track surface's effect on lameness, back and neck pain, and EPM.... Read More


Sparks Fly at 2011 Cornell Farrier Conference

November 28, 2011

Certified farriers offered hands-on instruction in blacksmithing, tool-making, and horseshoe preparation.... Read More


Cryotherapy Methods to Treat Laminitis

November 22, 2011

Cryotherapy is known to have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects, both of which help affected horses.... Read More


Equine Lameness and Podiatry Lecture Scheduled for Nov. 12

October 31, 2011

Equine lameness exams, regenerative medicine, podiatry advancements, and case studies will be discussed.... Read More


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


The Bare Foot

October 01, 2011

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


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


The Lowdown on Thrush

May 07, 2011

A good thrush prevention plan includes proper hoof care, regular exercise, and a clean living environment.... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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