Recent News for Hoof Problems


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


Penn Vet Adds Pollitt as Research Director for Laminitis Institute

February 20, 2009

In recent months progress has been made in building the foundation for the fight against laminitis, with the addition of Professor Christopher Pollitt, BVSc, PhD, a world-renowned laminitis researcher, as research director for the Laminitis... Read More


Australian Brumby Research Could Apply to Laminitis

January 06, 2009

The Australian Brumby Research Unit at the University of Queensland's School of Veterinary Sciences is conducting an array of research projects involving horses in a free-roaming environment.

Australia has more than 500,000 feral horses,... Read More


Ohio State Laminitis Researcher Receives $82,000 Grant

January 05, 2009

The new study, "Effect of Digital Hypothermia on Inflammatory Injury in Laminitis," is a two-year project funded by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities' Barbaro Memorial Fund, established in memory of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner... Read More


MRI Diagnostics: Uses and Limitations

January 05, 2009

MRI uses magnetic fields to create various types of cross-sectional and three-dimensional images.... Read More


Teff Hay for Foundered Horses: A Good Fit?

December 22, 2008

In California, teff is being called the "perfect grass for foundered horses." But is teff hay always safe for horses that are intolerant of high-sugar forage? Teff grass (Eragrostis teff) is a new type of grass being introduced around the... Read More


Laminitis Research Donors Honored at AAEP

December 11, 2008

Philanthropists John K. and Marianne Castle have been named the 2008 recipients of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' George Stubbs Award, an honor that recognizes contributions made to equine veterinary... Read More


Barbaro Fund Supports Reseach Projects

December 08, 2008

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Dec. 5 that its subsidiary, NTRA Charities, has disbursed $90,801 in support of one new and two continuing equine medical research projects.

The disbursements were made from the NTRA... Read More


Forage Options for Special Needs Horses

November 08, 2008

Horses are often fed diets that also contain high levels of grains and supplements to maximise growth or productivity. Katie Young, PhD, consulting equine nutritionist for Purina Mills, presented information on forage options for horses with commonly... Read More


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


University of Melbourne Vet Hospital Expands Equine Facility

October 31, 2008

A new track designed specifically for detecting lameness in horses and five refurbished boxes for treating foals have been opened at the University of Melbourne's Veterinary Clinic and Hospital based in Werribee, Australia.

Equine staff at... Read More


Laminitis Seminar Offered on West Coast

October 17, 2008

The first Laminitis West Seminar--an expansion of the International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot held in West Palm Beach, Fla., every other year--will be held Nov. 1 at the Monterey Convention Center in Monterey, Calif... Read More


Owner Reflects on Big Brown's Injury, Career

October 14, 2008

One minute, Mike Iavarone was all smiles after watching Big Brown work a sharp six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 over the Aqueduct turf course in company with stablemate Kip Deville on Oct. 13, and the next he was Read More


Penn State University Teams Up with Farriers for Laminitis Event

October 02, 2008

Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Professional Farriers Association hosted an educational event Sept. 13 for farriers, veterinarians, and horse owners alike. More than 50 peoples from four states attended the event.

Esco Buff, PhD,... Read More


ACVIM Conference Highlights

October 01, 2008

Among the hot topics this year were nutritional supplements, infectious disease, and metabolism problems.

What do nutritional supplements, infectious diseases, and snake bites have in common? All were considered "hot... Read More


Autumn Challenges for Cushing's Diagnosis, Management

September 27, 2008

Owners of older horses that exhibit any of the classic signs of Cushing's during the fall months work with their veterinarians to determine whether they should test or treat horses until diagnoses can be confirmed.... Read More


Ohio State Vet Honored for Laminitis Research

September 23, 2008

James Belknap, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of equine surgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, has been awarded the annual Equine Veterinary Journal Open Award for 2007 for... Read More


Investigating Palmar Foot Pain

September 01, 2008

“We have two papers that will be published this year comparing horses without radiographic changes that were diagnosed by MRI with damage in the heel region,” says Sarah Sampson, DVM, of Washington State University.

“We looked at 72... Read More


Cases that Mimic Navicular Disease

September 01, 2008

"With MRI we've found horses with coffin bone fractures that weren't visible on X rays, but were treated like navicular horses because they blocked to the heel," says Sarah Sampson, DVM, of Washington State University. "If these are managed like... Read More


Hope for Navicular Horses

September 01, 2008

Know the injury to your horse's foot before calling it "navicular."

In earlier years, a diagnosis of navicular disease was often considered career-ending for a horse. Chronic lameness was typical, in spite of therapeutic... Read More


Obesity: Big-Boned Beastie

August 01, 2008

Obese horses should be taken off pasture, except for very short (30-minute) turnout periods two or three times a day for... Read More

Article Announces Four New Electronic Newsletters

July 29, 2008 announces the addition of four new monthly electronic newsletters. These e-newsletters will contain articles, news, video links, tips, and links to downloadable information specific to the topics of nutrition, lameness/laminitis,... Read More


Readers Respond: Pain in the Abscess

July 24, 2008

More than 1,100 readers of responded to a poll asking, "What challenges do you face when treating a hoof abscess?"... Read More


Laminitis, PPID: The Science of Seasons Behind Them

July 20, 2008

Research groups reported their findings of the impact of seasonal variations for pituitary glad dysfunction.... Read More


Thrush-XX: Thrush Treatment Aid Aerosol

July 03, 2008

Farnam presents the new Thrush-XX Thrush Treatment Aid Aerosol (copper naphthenate). ... Read More