Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance

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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

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Managing a Laminitic Pony's Overgrown Hooves

June 03, 2009

The end result of laminitis is often a discrepancy in hoof growth, in which the heels grow faster than the toe... Read More

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Uneven Feet in Sport Horses Related to Other Conformation Traits

May 29, 2009

Researchers examined the effects of uneven feet on equine performance and linked this to other faults. ... Read More

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Farriery and the Coffin Joint: Breakover Techniques, AAEP 2008

May 22, 2009

"Breakover (defined as the moment the heels lift off the ground) is very much affected by the surface the horse works on," began Hans Castelijns, DVM, Certified Farrier, of Cortona, Italy, during the "Putting Science into Farriery" session at th... Read More

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Foot and Limb Deformities in Foals

May 21, 2009

Hunt discussed several limb and hoof deformities in foals and recommendations for correcting or managing them during the "Putting Science into Farriery" session at the 2008 Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. One of his bi... Read More

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Hoof Repair Composites and Other Modern Materials, AAEP 2008

May 18, 2009

Glue-on shoes and other materials are indicated for cases of poor hoof quality or repeated shoe loss, or for crack repair, rebuilding a hoof, and preventing wear, began Bryan Fraley, DVM, of Veterinary Podiatry Associates in Harrodsburg, Ky., wh... Read More

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Merits of Barefoot vs. Shod: Equine Practitioners Discuss

May 18, 2009

Equine practitioners are often asked for their opinion and input because owners often read or are told that having a horse barefoot is far superior to having him shod and that it's the only acceptable method of hoof care.... Read More

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Managing Acute and Chronic Laminitis, AAEP 2008

May 14, 2009

Belknap remarked on the latest research showing that laminitis is an intense inflammatory injury of the foot and is no longer believed to be solely a blood flow problem.... Read More

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Hoof Trimming Intervals (Book Excerpt)

May 06, 2009

How often a horse needs trimming depends on many factors, particularly how fast his hooves grow. A shod horse usually needs trimming every four to ten weeks (depending on his growth rate), since there is no way for the hoof to wear naturally.... Read More

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Hoof Wall Separations and Quarter Cracks

May 05, 2009

Many things can contribute to abscesses that cause your horse pain and undermine hoof integrity.... Read More

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Feet Feud

May 01, 2009

My horse Lucky has started a behavior problem when we handle his feet. He's always been awesome about lifting... Read More

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Big Brown Farrier Managing Quarter Crack in New Derby Contender

April 07, 2009

Farrier Ian McKinlay, who was in the news last year dealing with Big Brown's quarter crack prior to the Belmont Stakes, is back on the Triple Crown trail once again, treating a... Read More

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Foot Casts for Acute Laminitis (AAEP 2008)

April 01, 2009

There are many ways to support a laminitic horse's foot; one common European method is to use plaster of paris foot casts.... Read More

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Competent Horse Care

April 01, 2009

Timely deworming, immunizations, and farrier work are only part of the equation. Ongoing observation is required to ensure your horse is properly fed and cared for.... Read More

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Tendon Angle and Navicular Lameness (AAEP 2008)

March 15, 2009

Why might one horse suffer from injury to the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) in the navicular area while another doesn't? A recent study suggests that the angle of the DDFT as it passes over the navicular bone might have a lot to do with it.... Read More

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Corrective Hoof Trimming

February 16, 2009

The term "corrective shoeing" is often overused and misunderstood. It sometimes implies that the farrier can correct conformational faults of feet and legs. In reality, often very little can be done to change the way a horse is built. Trying to fix ... Read More

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Shoeing for the Job (Book Excerpt)

January 26, 2009

There are many kinds of horseshoes; try to select shoes well suited to your horse's work. While a horse with a problem may need a farrier to create a special shoe, many horses get along fine with factory-made shoes.... Read More

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The Year-Round Hoof

January 01, 2009

From practicing daily hands-on care to taking baseline photos for later comparison, here are tips for keeping your horse’s feet healthy.

How much attention do you give your horse's feet? Many times it's just the old... Read More

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On-Site Registration Still Available for AAEP Farrier Sessions

November 17, 2008

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will be offering a day of educational programming on farriery as part of its annual convention, which will take place in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 6-10, 2008.

Topics at the farrier... Read More

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Thrush Diagnosis and Treatment

November 01, 2008

Most cases of thrush occur in inactive horses that live in stalls. Unfortunately, this describes a huge percentage of horses in the United States, since over the past few decades horses have become 'apartment dwellers.' ... Read More

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Second Sound Horse Conference Planned for March 2009

October 30, 2008

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) has announced the details of the second national conference on ending soring of Tennessee Walking Horses and all gaited horse breeds. The conference will be held March 20 and 21, 2009, at the Paramount Plaza Hotel... Read More

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Trainers Weigh in on Racehorse Shoe Regulations

August 27, 2008

Some leading New York trainers said a ban on toe grabs on racehorses' shoes will help level the playing field, but they're not all convinced the shoes are responsible for catastrophic injuries.

The New York Racing Association in early August... Read More

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Barefoot vs. Shod

August 01, 2008

This point/counterpoint discusses the controversial issue of whether horses need to wear shoes. Back in 2002, Tufts University hosted a seminar for farriers and veterinarians to review the barefoot hoof care methods devise... Read More

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Hoof Care: Addressing the Individual

August 01, 2008

We have greatly altered the lifestyle of our domesticated horses. These changes have had some negative impacts on the horse, one example of which is the health and quality of the hoof capsule. The majority of the equine population is overweight,... Read More