Recent News for Hoof Problems

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Hoof Repair

September 13, 2001

When your farrier and/or your veterinarian discuss how to solve the hoof problems you are encountering with your horse--be it from injury or disease--you will be better able to understand your options, and get your horse back on his feet in the short... Read More

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Shoeing The Laminitic Horse

September 13, 2001

Of all the medical crises that can afflict a horse, laminitis surely is one of the most alarming. Horribly painful, and potentially devastating to his long-term soundness, the strange syndrome whereby the coffin bone inside the hoof begins to... Read More

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The Barefoot Horse: Romance vs. Reality

September 12, 2001

By leaving a horse barefoot, one allows the hoof's natural functions of shock absorption, traction, and biomechanics to perform at their optimum. Shoes inhibit natural function and the horse's natural way of going, and limb interference with shoes... Read More

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Joints Part 2: Joint Disease

September 01, 2001

When equine joint injury occurs, you can turn to sophisticated specialists who have devoted their careers to repairing the damage, just as race car drivers can turn to top mechanics. Unfortunately, the equine specialists do not have the luxury... Read More

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Is He Really Lame?

August 01, 2001

You want your horse to be sound and stay sound. But calling the vet out for a thorough workup every time your horse stumbles or acts stiff can get costly, and waste your veterinarian's valuable time--especially if those problems turn out to be... Read More

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The Latest on Laminitis

August 01, 2001

Of all the ailments a horse can suffer, laminitis is the one that unfailingly strikes fear into the heart of an owner. Nothing else has as devastating an effect because while laminitis is not always fatal, it promises weeks or months of agony fo... Read More

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Stepping Ahead: Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium 2001

June 01, 2001

Laminitis is one of the most serious and difficult-to-treat diseases horses can get, and only by learning everything about this problem can we prevent and treat it successfully. Enter the 14th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium held Jan. 25-27... Read More

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Navicular Problems: Symptoms and Treatment

June 01, 2001

So many times, a horse gets labeled as suffering from "navicular," and people shy away from him as if he were Typhoid Mary, not knowing how to treat or even visualize the problem. In recent decades, however, much has been learned about the area... Read More

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Tips on Regular Trimming and Shoeing

June 01, 2001

Generally speaking, the average horse used for trail and pleasure riding should have its feet trimmed or reshod every six to eight weeks. That being said, it is immediately obvious that the use of the horse as well as the time of year will... Read More

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Sole Bruise Lameness

June 01, 2001

This morning when I went to the barn, my Quarter Horse gelding was lame, to the point where he did not want to bear any weight on his left hind foot. My barn manager thinks it might be a sole bruise. What is a sole bruise? What should I do?... Read More

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Graveled Horses

June 01, 2001

Q: My horse became very lame without showing any signs of cracks, bruising, or having a "hot" nail. The barn manager said my horse was "graveled" and called the veterinarian. After treatment, the... Read More

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Club Foot Concerns

April 01, 2001

Club feet might be one of the most common growth problems in young horses. Affecting youngsters primarily between birth and 6 months of age, the club foot actually is a flexural deformity of the distal interphalangeal joint (coffin joint) caused... Read More

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Ain't Doin' Right Diagnostics

January 01, 2001

Many horses can be off in their performance, yet not show clinical signs of lameness. There might be no answers after the customary diagnostic work-up, leaving veterinarian and owner scratching their heads and looking for the next stop in the... Read More

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Thrush in Horses

January 01, 2001

Athlete's foot certainly isn't life-threatening, although it can be extremely irritable. Thrush is not life-threatening either, but if left unchecked, it can cause some serious foot problems in the horse.... Read More

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Sole Bruising

December 01, 2000

A bruised sole can happen as quickly and simply as a horse stepping on a rock or working on a hard surface. It can occur as the result of excessive hoof trimming, or be associated with laminitis. Sole bruising can be an uncomplicated condition... Read More

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Salmonella: Beware The Bacteria

November 01, 2000

Although it's ever-present, under normal conditions Salmonella will have little influence on your horse's heath. But, if he's stressed and his immune system is operating at less than full capacity, the bacteria can sneak in and strike.... Read More

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Hoof Supplements: Feeding The Feet

September 01, 2000

Fed in the recommended amounts, the vast majority of hoof supplements will do no harm to your horse, but beware of feeding higher levels than suggested on the label, or doubling up with multiple supplements.... Read More

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Bar Shoes

July 01, 2000

Once regarded as pretty radical, bar shoes now are experiencing something of a renaissance. In particular, egg bar shoes are being fitted to more feet now more than ever before-even those belonging to horses in high-intensity athletic careers,... Read More

This radiograph demonstrates the bony abnormalities seen with high ringbone (involving the pastern joint). This film is of the left hind foot of a 10-year-old Quarter Horse used for barrel racing.

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Ringbone in Horses

February 01, 2000

Ringbone, a lameness disease of the pastern and coffin joints, is a degenerative disorder that has no cure. ... Read More

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100 Years of Horse Health Care

January 01, 2000

Standing on the fresh field of a brand new century, we look eagerly-if sometimes cautiously-toward the horizon and the unknown future awaiting us. We hope that, in the months and years to come, we will solve problems long puzzled over and finish... Read More

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Problems With Hooves

January 01, 2000

It takes nearly a year for the hoof to grow down from the coronary band to the ground. Therefore, anything that happens to the horse -- whether specific trauma to the foot or a systemic problem -- can affect the health of the hoof for a long time.... Read More

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Gait Analysis

September 01, 1999

Ever since the 1880s, when Edweard Muybridge set up a series of cameras to capture the character of footfalls of a racehorse, we’ve been fascinated by how horses move. No doubt you’ve seen that early sequence of photos, which demonstrated that... Read More

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Pattern Of Bone Injury In The Jumping Horse

June 11, 1999

Nuclear scintigraphy is a technique used to identify areas of increased bone material turnover. This remodeling of bone can occur in response to growth, fracture, increased loading due to exercise, infection, cancer or... Read More

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The Use of Thermography in Lameness Evaluation

June 01, 1999

Lameness diagnosis can be very frustrating when the source of pain is located in the upper leg and is not associated with a synovial structure, or the lameness is too subtle to utilize diagnostic analgesic injections, or the patient is not... Read More

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Canadian Equine Research

April 01, 1999

The University of Guelph, located in Ontario, Canada, is home of the world renowned Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). The university is a research-intensive and student-oriented facility. Its written mission is to serve society and to enhance th... Read More