Recent News for Hoof Problems

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Soft Tissue Injuries in the Equine Foot: Dancing in the Dark

February 01, 1998

"Soft tissue injury" sounds like a vague diagnosis, designed to frustrate the owner, but it is a legitimate set of sports injuries that can disable your horse. With new diagnostic tools, such as nuclear scintigraphy, you might be able to obtain... Read More

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Thrush and Advice for the Hoof-sore

November 01, 1997

What is the relationship between chronic, severe thrush and my horse's contracted heels?... Read More

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Thrush Prevention

November 01, 1997

Thrush is a very common word for those of us who have been spent any amount of time around horses. It is one of the more common diseases of the equine hoof. But does everyone know what thrush is? How do you prevent it, or how do you treat it once it ... Read More

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The Art of Therapeutic Shoeing

November 01, 1997

Michael J. Wildenstein, resident farrier at Cornell University's large animal clinic, has approximately 400 different types of therapeutic shoes hanging on the wall of his clinic. Each one, he says, was made for a particular... Read More

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Nitroglycerine for Laminitis: Use Caution

October 01, 1997

One California farrier saw the nitroglycerine patches used on a miniature horse which had suffered repeated bouts of acute laminitis. The patches were credited with swift recovery.... Read More

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Hind End Lameness

October 01, 1997

I have a 4-year-old hunter who has become lame in his hind end. He routinely goes over 2' 6" jumps, but never anything larger. Being only 5'3", I do not think that my problem is the weight I am asking him to carry. There are... Read More

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Neurectomy for Navicular

October 01, 1997

While untenable pain due to navicular syndrome and caudal heel syndrome is the most common cause of performance horses' being nerved, Madison said in Thoroughbred racehorses a wing fracture of the coffin bone often necessitates a neurectomy. ... Read More

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Pelvic Fractures

January 01, 1997

Q: My horse was sound when he was turned out one night, and the next morning he was lame in the hind end. It took quite a few diagnostics by my veterinarian before it was determined that he had suffered a slight pelvic fracture. How common is this...... Read More

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Nerve Blocks of the Lower Limb

October 01, 1996

When a veterinarian performs a lameness examination, he or she often will use nerve blocks to try and determine the location of the problem. The areas are "blocked" so that they become numb to pain, revealing which structures are involved in... Read More

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Decoding the Laminitis Mystery

June 01, 1996

Laminitis and founder are two words in the lexicon of the horse that are guaranteed to elicit a definite response, whether it is a painful memory for a horse owner, a recurring anxiety for a breeder, a shoeing dilemma for a farrier, a complex prognos... Read More

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Dorsiflexion and Carpal Damage

February 01, 1996

Last time we talked about carpal arthrosis, pointing out that too much bowing--dorsiflexion--of the foreleg at the knee was the immediate cause of damage to the articular cartilage. Further, with a bit of mechanics, we saw that too much... Read More