Recent News for Hoof Care and Balance

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31 Dead Horses Found on Kentucky Farm; Improper Disposal Charges Filed

April 09, 2008

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has filed charges against the owner of a Rowan County, Ky., farm where state and local authorities found 31 dead horses on Tuesday.

Farm owner Don Miller is charged with violating state law... Read More

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Study: Farrier Selection Impacts More Than Hoof Shape

March 21, 2008

Choice of farrier might have a significant influence not only on the shape of a horse's hoof, but its soundness and athletic ability, according to research carried out by veterinarians in Switzerland. Forty dressage and show jumping horses, divided ... Read More

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HSUS Offering Reward for Information on Horse Soring

March 19, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will offer a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any violator of Tennessee's horse soring law, which prohibits the deliberate infliction of pain to horses' feet an... Read More

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Trainer Chris Cox Wins Colt-Starting Challenge

March 06, 2008

Defending champion Chris Cox of Mineral Wells, Texas, emerged victorious from his second Road to the Horse competition March 2, 2008, at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum. Along with taking the title, Cox also received a $15,000 donation toward his... Read More

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Biotin: Does it Work?

March 01, 2008


Here's what we know about the efficacy of this popular hoof supplement.

Conditions such as chronic laminitis, cracked... Read More

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Healthy Hooves, Inside and Out

March 01, 2008

Horse hooves aren't created equal, which can make it hard to understand the healthy foot's form and function.... Read More

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Landmarks for Evaluating, Trimming, and Shoeing the Equine Foot

December 19, 2007

From many horse owners' point of view, the farrier's profession throws out a lot of confusing terms and directives when it comes to balancing a foot. Fit the shoe full? Trim to the widest point of the frog? Use a four-point trim? These nebulous... Read More

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Simple Steps to Keeping Your Horse's Hooves Healthy

November 15, 2007

Rather than waiting until there's a problem with your horse's feet, take time now to protect and maintain these valuable structures inside and out.

Step one is understanding the subject so you can communicate knowledgeably with your... Read More

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Shoeless and Satisfied

September 01, 2007

I must take exception to comments by Stephen E. O'Grady, DVM, MRCVS, in "Barefoot vs. Shod: An Equine Podiatrist's Perspective" online at www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=9796. Nail... Read More

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Barefoot versus Shod Discussed

July 25, 2007

If hoof structures are poorly developed, then they will be less capable of going barefoot and, even when shod, not as ready for withstanding continuous training. To avoid sore feet, the quality of the trimming and shoeing and interval between shoeing... Read More

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Barefoot vs. Shod: An Equine Podiatrist's Perspective

June 18, 2007

I am often asked about leaving horses barefoot. I must say from the onset that I favor horses being maintained without shoes when possible. Whether or not it is feasible for a horse to go without shoes will depend on the owner's situation and... Read More

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Strategies for Improving Vet-Client-Farrier Relations

May 01, 2007

When a horse has a foot problem, effective communication bewteen farrier, vet, and owner is key.... Read More

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What is a Healthy Hoof? (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Ask 10 people what a healthy hoof should look like, and you'll likely get 10 variations of an answer. ... Read More

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Healing Hooves With Self-Adjusting Palmar Angles (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

When they are compromised due to disease processes such as laminitis, or poor internal hoof balance that leads to poor blood flow and overstressing of internal structures, putting the feet in comfortable alignment and applying massage helps them heal... Read More

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Correcting Crushed Heels (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Working to correct low heels when they begin to develop is far more successful than waiting until the horse has had no heel for a long time. Low-heeled conformation is not healthy and can compromise soundness in the short or long term.... Read More

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The Quest to Conquer Laminitis

May 01, 2007

"Owners and trainers worldwide have the feeling that every veterinarian and every farrier have years of experience and vast knowledge about laminitis and podiatry (foot care). Unfortunately, this is not the case," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of... Read More

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Acute and Chronic Laminitis: An Equine Podiatrist's Perspective

April 21, 2007

Acute and chronic laminitis is a frustrating and often disheartening condition to manage. Having had the opportunity to observe, treat and shoe laminitic horses for over 30 years, I have a unique prospective into this disease.

The biggest... Read More

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Horse Council Sets Agenda for National Issues Forum

April 19, 2007

Disease control and equine identification programs are among the topics on the agenda for the American Horse Council National Issues Forum June 17-20 in Washington, D.C.

The general session on June 19 will feature the following seminars:... Read More

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Equine Podiatry: Underrun Heels and Egg Bar Shoes

April 14, 2007

One veterinarian describes the causes of and a traditional treatment method for underrun heels.... Read More

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Putting Science Into Farriery: Lameness Evaluation

April 09, 2007

When a group of people are standing at the barn watching a "lame" horse move, many of you will say he's lame in different legs. How do you know who's right? If it makes you feel any better, picking out the source of lameness isn't always easy fo... Read More

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Feet First: Farriery Topics from the 2006 AAEP Convention

April 01, 2007

The annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, held in San Antonio, Texas, in early December 2006, had three sessions devoted to foot care that were open to farriers. Following are synopses of some of those presentations... Read More

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Function of the Palmar Foot

March 24, 2007

Several lameness problems can exist in the rear (palmar) half of a horse's foot; most bear the very general title of "heel pain." The real problem is that without very careful diagnosis, lameness in this general area might be attributed to the... Read More

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Trainer Wilhelm to Present Demonstration Tour for Andis

March 10, 2007

The Andis Company has announced that Charles Wilhelm will represent the company in demonstrations throughout the United States. Wilhelm is an internationally known horse trainer who has developed techniques that calm even the most... Read More

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Horseshoeing a Family Business for Michigan Farriers

March 10, 2007

A sizzle followed by a billow of foul-smelling smoke floated through the barn as Jeff Lickfeldt pressed a hot shoe to a Thoroughbred's hoof.

"That smells like money," he said laughing as it caused others' nostrils to curl.

For more tha... Read More

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Upright Foals

March 01, 2007

Some foals sharing the same sire are all walking on their tiptoes and are very upright. Is this genetic?... Read More