Recent News for Hoof Problems

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Healing Hoof Cracks

December 01, 2002

Hoof cracks are a common occurrence in the feet of many domesticated horses, and they can range in severity from a minor blemish to a cause of serious lameness. Causative factors can vary widely, ranging from injury to imbalance of the foot.... Read More

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The Piedra Foundation Announces Grants, Seminars, Events

October 11, 2002

2000 TPF Applied Equine Medical Research Grants

The Board of Directors of the Oak Tree Racing Association recently announced that they will renew funding for The Piedra Foundation's Applied Equine Medical Research Grants which began i... Read More

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Hoof Dressings: What Studies Show

October 01, 2002

Hoof dressings aren't always what they're cracked up to be--at least not in the opinions of some experts. Ilka P. Wagner, DVM, owner of Equine Veterinary Services (Texas), and Susan Kempson, BSc, PhD, senior lecturer in Preclinical Veterinary... Read More

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Derby Winner, Top Japanese Sire Sunday Silence Dies

August 19, 2002

The long vigil is over. After 14 weeks of battle, Sunday Silence died of heart failure Sunday, Aug. 19, brought on by infection in his leg and the debilitating effects of laminitis.

At Shadai Stallion Station in Japan's Hokkaido, where... Read More

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On-the-Scene Account of Sunday Silence's Battle with Laminitis

August 15, 2002

HAYAKITA, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN (August 13) -- It's the ninth anniversary of the death of Zenya Yoshida, the founder of Shadai Farm. Rain has fallen for most of the day, growing stronger toward evening and the mood is grim at Shadai Stallion Station.... Read More

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Help Limit Laminitis

August 01, 2002

To be sure, we don't yet know everything about laminitis. We don't know exactly why it occurs, why some horses have more acute attacks than others, or why some severe cases bounce back while seemingly lesser cases go downhill until euthanasia is the ... Read More

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Forever Foundered?

August 01, 2002

Is there a way to return a foundered horse to a useful, productive life, and to successfully manage his discomfort and all the associated fallout from laminitis?... Read More

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From Forge to Foot

June 01, 2002

There isn't much time in the busy farrier's life to chat with his brethren of the forge. On the road before daylight, driving endless hours, and arriving home late at night after a hard day's work doesn't leave much time for socializing. However... Read More

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Feeding Laminitic Broodmares

June 01, 2002

My best friend's broodmare has unilateral laminitis (laminitis in one front hoof); she is a 19-year-old Quarter Horse and is currently five months pregnant. The concern is what to feed her to keep the foal healthy, and to keep her from suffering.... Read More

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Buddha Injury Still Uncertain

May 06, 2002

Diagnostics were still being done on pre-Derby second choice Buddha on the Monday after the race. His attending veterinarian, Dr. Ken Reed, said while they hadn’t found out a whole lot more, Buddha was sent on Sunday night (May 5) to Rood and... Read More

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Treat Hoof Punctures Early

May 01, 2002

It seems like such a mild problem, a nail or splinter in the tough hoof. The solution also seems simple--take the object out, clean the foot up, give the horse some time off, and everything will be all right. For superficial hoof wounds, that's... Read More

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Fructan Possible Key to Laminitis

April 10, 2002

At sufficient doses, the fructan induces digestive upset and will cause an uncontrolled activation of MMPs (matrix metalloproteinases; these enzymes are thought to be a factor in laminar degradation), triggering laminitis.... Read More

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Hoofcare Education at Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium

April 01, 2002

One of the most common comments at the 15th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 21-23, 2002, was that if farriers or veterinarians don't have a passion for working on laminitic horses, they shouldn't take the cases.... Read More

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Wanted: Colorado Horses With Navicular

April 01, 2002

Researchers at Colorado State University's (CSU) Equine Orthopaedic Laboratory are once again recruiting horses suffering from navicular disease to participate in the second phase of a horseshoe study. The first study, which began last August,... Read More

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White Line Disease Concerns: Letter To The Editor

March 20, 2002

Until about three years ago, I had never heard the term "White Line Disease" [WLD]. I'm sure our horses had it but it was never enough of a problem to even hang a name on it. I had noticed that certain horses, where they should have had a nice white ... Read More

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Limitations of Diagnostic Ultrasound of Bowed Tendons

March 01, 2002

Diagnostic ultrasound has become a popular means of monitoring the healing of superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injuries, also known as bowed tendons. As image analysis software has been developed, the technique has become more widespread... Read More

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CSU’s Equine Orthopaedic Laboratory Seeks More Horses with Navicular Disease

February 19, 2002

Researchers at Colorado State University's (CSU) Equine Orthopaedic Laboratory are once again seeking to recruit horses suffering with navicular disease to participate in the next phase of a new shoe study.

The first study, which began... Read More

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Shoeing Prescription for Ringbone

February 01, 2002

 My eventer was recently diagnosed with ringbone. I am led to believe that he should be shod so he can break over more easily, so I'm thinking of a rolled shoe. My question for the experts would be: How well can he jump with a rolled... Read More

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Front Foot Flick

February 01, 2002

My 12-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse often "flicks" his left front foot when putting it forward. His previous owners said it was only a cosmetic problem, but my friends say it hurts him when I ride. However, after our latest three-mile... Read More

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Laminitis in Central Kentucky

February 01, 2002

These findings suggest that the causes of laminitis or conditions associated with laminitis still remains elusive in many of the cases, which prevents us from developing a preventive strategy for this disease.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2001: General Medicine

February 01, 2002

Hormone Responses to Feeds

Joe Pagan, PhD, owner of Kentucky Equine Research in Versailles, Ky., discussed glycemic response in growing horses as an indicator of developmental orthopedic disease. He said looking at diet and... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2001: Horseman's Day

February 01, 2002

More than 350 horse owners turned out to hear six speakers at the second annual Horseman's Day, held in conjunction with the annual AAEP convention. In almost every case, those in attendance were still raising their hands with questions when... Read More

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Foot/Lower Leg Wounds and Treatment

January 29, 2002

When you find your horse with a severe wound of the hoof or lower leg, you likely want to clean it up, remove any foreign matter such as fence wire, and apply antibiotics, right? However, this could make evaluation by your veterinarian more... Read More

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Navicular Syndrome Diagnosis

January 25, 2002

"Navicular disease is very difficult to study, because you can't reproduce it in a normal horse," said Earl Gaughan, DVM, of Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. "You can't then work backward from the disease to find a cure.... Read More

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Value of Digital Venograms

January 24, 2002

A recent 10-horse study by Bruce Lyle, DVM, a primary care equine practitioner in Aubrey, Texas, looked at using digital venography (injecting radio-opaque dye into a blood vessel to measure blood flow in the foot) to enhance a practitioner's... Read More