Hoof Anatomy & Physiology

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The Fight to Conquer Equine Laminitis

January 01, 2011

Teams of veterinarians and farriers from around the country gathered at the fifth International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot to discuss the most cutting-edge information available for the fight to conquer laminitis.... Read More

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Platelets Might Play Early Role in Laminitis

November 04, 2010

Laminitis begins well before clinical signs occur, at the cellular or even the molecular level, and addressing platelets might be a key to prevention or early treatment. Jamie Textor, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, an equine surgeon and PhD candidate at the ... Read More

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Coronary Band Injuries in Horses

September 01, 2010

Horses are likely to sustain coronary band and hoof wall injuries at one time or another. These injuries can carry long-term performance and soundness consequences.... Read More

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TheHorse.com Presents Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Common Hoof Problems

August 14, 2010

Thrush, underrun heels, hoof cracks, and laminitis, oh my! Today's horses can face many common hoof problems, whether the animals are pasture pets or high-level competition horses. Join us on Monday, Aug. 16, for a live chat event on hoof problems.... Read More

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Laminitis Lowdown

August 01, 2010

The laminitis mystery is far from solved, but researchers continue to discover new clues about its causes, treatment, and prevention. Laminitis, an often devastating hoof disease that can strike horses of any breed without warning, is a major issue... Read More

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Focus on Health: The External Horse

August 01, 2010

Maintaining of a horse's hair coat takes a lot of energy, protein, and certain trace elements and minerals. ... Read More

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Emergency Shoe Removal for Horses

August 01, 2010

A nearly lost shoe should stop a rider cold because it can expose horses to foot injuries ranging from nail punctures to sole bruising. Having the right tools and knowing how to use them can help you remove a shoe safely... Read More

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Brushing Up on Thrush in Horses

August 01, 2010

Thrush is an anaerobic bacterial infection that slowly eats away at the horse's hoof tissue. ... Read More

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White Line Disease in Horses

August 01, 2010

Despite its name, white line disease does not actually affect the true "white line" of the hoof. White line disease occurs when bacterial or fungal infections creep into the inner nonpigmented space within the inner hoof wall's stratum medium layer.... Read More

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Horse Foot Bruises

August 01, 2010

Learn how to treat and prevent common stone bruises in your horse's hooves.... Read More

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Hoof Abscesses in Horses

July 01, 2010

This common problem can cause sudden, severe lameness, but can be resolved quickly with the proper treatment. ... Read More

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Hoofin' It in Boots

May 01, 2010

Hoof boots aren't just for emergencies or soaking injured feet; these boots are made for walking, running, climbing, and more. Are boots right for you and your horse? If so, how do you pick out the right boot? Read on to find out.... Read More

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Hoof Supplements

May 01, 2010

Oral supplements might be indicated for horses with dry, cracked, or brittle hooves.... Read More

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Guided Tour: Horse Hoof Anatomy

January 28, 2010

As a horse owner/caretaker, knowing hoof anatomy can help you bring them back from lameness more quickly. ... Read More

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Horse Hoof Anatomy: A Guided Tour

January 01, 2010

As a horse owner/caretaker, knowing the basics of hoof anatomy and physiology can help you keep your horses sound and bring them back from lameness more quickly. Plus, it certainly helps to understand what the heck your veterinarian and/or farrier ar... Read More

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Uneven Feet in Sport Horses Related to Other Conformation Traits

May 29, 2009

Researchers examined the effects of uneven feet on equine performance and linked this to other faults. ... Read More

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Science and Farriery

March 17, 2009

Equine authorities discuss many subjects in the Science and Farriery session at the 2008 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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The Year-Round Hoof

January 06, 2009

How much attention do you give your horse's feet? Many times it's just the old once-over with the hoof pick.... Read More

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Barefoot vs. Shod

August 01, 2008

This point/counterpoint discusses the controversial issue of whether horses need to wear shoes. Back in 2002, Tufts University hosted a seminar for farriers and veterinarians to review the barefoot hoof care methods devise... Read More

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Inside the Laminitic Foot

July 01, 2008

Learn how equine podiatrists assess, treat, and monitor laminitis. Laminitis is a terrifying mystery to many horse owners, in part because in the early stages a horse with tremendous damage can look and act much like a mil... Read More

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The Equine Foot

April 04, 2008

The structures of the horse's foot inside and out is discussed in this report.... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology: Complete Series

April 04, 2008

A complete guide to the anatomy and physiology of the horse, with illustrations and practical applications.... Read More

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Study: Farrier Selection Impacts More Than Hoof Shape

March 21, 2008

Choice of farrier might have a significant influence not only on the shape of a horse's hoof, but its soundness and athletic ability, according to research carried out by veterinarians in Switzerland. Forty dressage and show jumping horses, divided ... Read More

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Healthy Hooves, Inside and Out

March 01, 2008

Horse hooves aren't created equal, which can make it hard to understand the healthy foot's form and function.... Read More

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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