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Carolina Equine Sports Medicine Symposium To Be Held In Pittsboro, NC

The Carolina Equine Sports Medicine Symposium will be held at the Chatham County Agricultural Center in Pittsboro, NC, on June 29 and 30, 2019. Hosted by the Equine Podiatry Education Foundation (EPEF), the goal of this educational opportunity is to offer “thought-provoking lectures, demonstrations and discussions related to practical and futuristic ideas related to equine […]

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Clean Up Your Act To Prevent Thrush

Thrush is an infection in the sole of a horse’s hoof that can be severe enough to cause lameness. Thrush is extremely common and is not always indicative of damp or muddy equine housing: Thrush can be found in horses that live in dry environments if their hooves are not cleaned regularly–dirt and debris pack […]

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Copper-Coated Nails Prove Beneficial To Hoof Health

Copper has long been hailed by humans due to its electric conductivity, malleable nature and perceived health benefits, and science has proven that the soft metal has antibacterial properties, as it can kill bacteria and other microbes on contact. Recently this has led some blacksmiths in Australia to begin testing the benefits of using copper […]

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What Does It Mean When A Horse Is ‘Foot-Sore’?

Most horse owners have heard the phrase “tender-footed,” meaning foot soreness, and the same number have probably dealt with the problem in one way or another, but what causes the problem and what can you do to avoid it? “Foot soreness is characterized by sensitivity when pressure is applied to the foot,” said Laura Petroski-Rose, […]

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Researchers Closer Than Ever To Cure For Laminitis

Laminitis is one of the most painful conditions a horse can endure and has robbed countless equines of not only their livelihood, but their comfort, mobility and ultimately their lives. It is estimated that up to 15 percent of horses will endure a bout of laminitis at some point during their lives, with as many […]

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The Modern Age Of Shoeing The Problem Horse

For centuries of farriery, horses have worn metal shoes that are nailed into its hooves. Horses with weak, shelley hooves typically have difficulty holding a shoe when it is nailed on, as the hoof breaks apart easily around the nail holes and/or doesn’t have enough hoof on which to nail a shoe. In the past, the […]

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Steel Shoes May Increase Mechanical Stresses On Horse Hooves

Using a three-pronged approach, a new study has revealed some of the mechanical forces that metal horse shoes apply to equine hooves. A single Thoroughbred was used for the preliminary case study, which was completed by Olga Panagiotopoulou, Jeffery Rankin, Stephen Gatesy and John Hutchinson. The movement of one Thoroughbred was first studied unshod, then […]

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Can Thermoelectric Sensors ID Hoof Issues In Horses?

A university in Sweden is studying thermoelectric sensors to see if they can successfully detect hoof problems in horses. To test the sensors, 15 police horses in Gothenburg were enlisted to help with a study. The hope is that the technique will eventually prove an alternative to X-rays and other diagnostic tools, reports Horse Talk. Injuries […]

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Good Nutrition Important Factor In Maintaining A Healthy Hoof

In all aspects of horse ownership, balance is a key component for health, soundness and productivity. That theory extends from what goes into a horse’s mouth all the way down to the health of their hooves. “Hoof quality is determined by several factors including genetics, environment, and nutrition,” Purina Animal Nutrition equine nutritionist Karen Davison, […]

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What A Pain! How To Treat A Hoof Abscess

The old saying “no hoof, no horse” rings true to any experienced horse person, and when a horse comes up lame with a hoof abscess, it definitely rings true. As the weather begins to change from summer to fall, some horses tend to develop abscesses. A horse with an abscess can present as lame as […]

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