Wet Conditions And White Line Disease In Horses

It’s been an excessively soggy spring in many parts of the United States, raising equine wellness concerns for some horse owners and caretakers whose animals are outside for the majority of the day. While rain can wreak havoc on equine skin and coats, it can also damage hoof health. White line disease, also called seedy […]

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Study Shows Blocking During Lameness Isn’t As Straightforward As It Seems

New research shows that blocking a horse’s stifle doesn’t necessarily rule out lameness in the hoof. A common tool for diagnosing lameness, “blocking” involves injecting a short-acting painkiller into a joint or around nerves. The goal is to desensitize a specific area, meaning the horse’s lameness will improve. However, it is not always easy to […]

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Hoof Rings And Ridges: What’s The Difference?

Horse hooves that have rings and ridges can provide clues into a horse’s health history. Though it’s not uncommon for hooves to have cracks, chips or flares, these imperfections are more common on horses that don’t receive routine farrier care. More subtle changes in the hoof wall, like horizontal rings and ridges, offer a clue […]

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Hoof Trimming And Equine Behavior

Though the effects of shoeing on the biomechanics of equine movement has been well studied, there has been much less research on the impact of routine trimming and shoeing on equine behavior. To help determine the impact of these actions on horse behavior, researchers Jay A.Daniel, Rosemary Groux, Judy A.Wilson, Peter D.Krawczel, Amanda R.Lee and […]

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Are Full PPEs Necessary For OTTBs? That Depends

The 2019 Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in October, hosted a series of workshops and seminars geared toward Thoroughbred owners and enthusiasts. One of these educational opportunities focused on pre-purchase exams (PPE) for off-track Thoroughbreds. Sponsored by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs, featured speakers were Dr. Emma […]

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Innovative ‘HoofSearch’ Links Subscribers To Hoof And Lameness Research

“Is there a new study on mismatched feet in warmbloods?” “What does the very latest research on support limb laminitis say?” “Didn’t I hear that someone just published a new hoof wall biopsy technique? I went online, but I couldn’t find it…” Equine veterinary professionals, researchers, and students now have a helping hand to keep […]

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Researchers Collaborate To Determine Hoof Growth Patterns

Researchers in equine medicine, physics, math and stem cell biology have worked together to determine how equine hooves grow and why abnormal hoof shapes may develop. The study can be applied to multiple species, including sheep and cattle, and clarifies the role of biology and physics in hoof growth. Dr. Cyril Rauch, an Associate Professor […]

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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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