Recent News for Hoof Problems

Article

Healing Hoof Abscesses

September 01, 2007


Hoof abscesses are a major cause of acute lameness, but early detection can mean a quick recovery
One day your horse is perfectly sound, the next he's acting as if he's got a nail in his... Read More

Article

Where Does It Hurt?

August 27, 2007

One of the most frustrating aspects of diagnosing and treating lameness in horses is that they can't tell you where it hurts. But a relatively new technology to the equine world is helping some veterinarians pinpoint lameness problems. Bruce... Read More

Article

Horse Gut Reveals New Bacteria

August 26, 2007

Two new species of bacteria have been discovered in the gut of horses, according to a University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, press release.

Streptococcus henryi and Streptococcus caballi were found by accident by UQ... Read More

Article

Laminitis: New Study on Sugar and Starch as a Cause

August 25, 2007

A breakthrough in laminitis research by a team of scientists at University of Queensland, Australia, and colleagues, was published in August 2007 The Veterinary Journal. The study explains an important link in sugar and starches as... Read More

Article

Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and Laminitis

July 31, 2007

Insulin resistance is a part of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). There are three criteria for identifying the horse with EMS: Insulin resistance, prior (founder lines) or current laminitis, and general obesity or regional adiposity (areas of abnormal... Read More

Article

Barbaro, Secretariat Art to Support Laminitis Research

July 28, 2007

A new set of prints and a poster featuring Triple Crown winner Secretariat and 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro will benefit the fight against laminitis, the painful hoof disease that ended both their... Read More

Article

A Look Inside: Veterinary Internists Meet in Seattle

July 23, 2007

Veterinary internists met June 6-9 in Seattle, Wash., for the 25th Forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) to discuss the latest research on the internal workings of horses and other animals.

Summarized below are... Read More

Article

UPenn Names Laminitis Senior Research Investigator

July 18, 2007

Hannah Galantino-Homer, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACT, has been appointed the senior research investigator of the new laminitis research initiative at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She will serve as a leading investigator... Read More

Article

Obesity and Laminitis

July 09, 2007

In obese horses insulin resistance might also contribute to widespread inflammation and, thus, vasoconstriction (narrowing of the blood vessels), which is the case in human metabolic syndrome.... Read More

Article

Specialized Lameness Evaluation for the Jumping Horse

July 05, 2007

Horses performing different jobs require specialized examinations for lameness, according to Philippe Benoit, DVM, French jumping team veterinarian from 1991 to 2000. Benoit presented his method for examining jumping horses at the 2006 American... Read More

Article

Beyond the Surface: Imaging Referral Practices

July 01, 2007

He's been poked and prodded, trotted in straight lines and flexed, hoof-tested and blocked, and yet there's nothing standing out in these examinations or on his X rays that would explain your horse's intermittent lameness. There are no obvious... Read More

Article

Foot X Rays: A Crystal Ball?

June 17, 2007

When you look at a radiograph (X ray) of a horse's foot, do you visualize soft tissues, or do you only see bones? If there's one thing Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky., consistently teaches,... Read More

Article

Mending Fences Euthanatized After Injury in Dixie Stakes

May 19, 2007

Mending Fences was euthanatized after suffering a compound fracture of his right front ankle while running on the lead in the Dixie Stakes on the turf at Pimlico Saturday.

Jockey Robby Albarado was thrown off his mount, Einstein, who... Read More

Article

Finding and Testing Low-Sugar Forage

May 14, 2007

Did the brown, stemmy, overmature hay you thought was perfect for your easy keepers make them even fatter? ... Read More

Article

Venograms for Laminitis: The Difference Between Success and Failure (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Venograms have added to our knowledge of laminitis and other common foot problems, in large part because for the first time we can see the structural components of the vascular supply to the horse's foot.... Read More

Article

What we Know About Laminitis (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

When it comes to laminitis, everyone's got a pet theory--their favorite explanation of why it occurs, how to prevent it, and/or how to treat it. The reason we have these theories is because research hasn't yet been able to give us solid, unassailable... Read More

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

Diagnostic Imaging for Lameness

May 01, 2007

There was a time when diagnosing lameness was basic-watch the horse travel, determine where you think the problem might be, and take a guess at what's causing it. Then came X rays, ultrasound, CT (computed tomography) scans, scintigraphy (bone... Read More

Article

Feeding Laminitic Horses

May 01, 2007

What's the best diet for a laminitic horse? It depends. When considering diets for laminitic horses, equine...... Read More

Article

Pain Management for the Laminitic Horse

May 01, 2007

Laminitis is an incredibly painful hoof disease in the horse. We should all be very aware of this since despite top-notch care, 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was humanely euthanatized due to unresolvable pain from laminitis.

Laminitis... Read More

Article

Chronic Laminitis

May 01, 2007

When a horse founders and the damaged laminae that hold the coffin bone to the hoof wall release their grip, the coffin bone is no longer held in place. It rotates (tips down at the front) or slips downward in the hoof. The goal when shoeing these... Read More

Article

Laminitis Lessons: What Not to Do

April 30, 2007

Baker, who is both a veterinarian and a farrier, presented a discussion of six case studies and what they taught him not to do in treating laminitis. He began by describing the following common causes of treatment failure.... 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.

Article

Fighting White Line Disease

April 30, 2007

Untreated white line disease can undermine your horse's feet, causing lameness and coffin bone instability.... Read More