When It Comes To Precautions During Disease Outbreaks, Don’t Forget The Farrier

As EHV-1 outbreaks continue to dominate the horse care news cycle, managers and horsemen are asking what they can do to minimize the risk of this and other communicable diseases. Most farms have a protocol that visitors and personnel must follow, but sometimes a farm overlooks its farrier when it comes to biosecurity. Working on […]

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Buyer Beware: Recognizing Problem Hooves And Cosmetic Alterations At Auction

Whether a prospective buyer is looking at a horse on the sale grounds or at a private farm, one of the key inspection points should be the horse’s feet. “I prefer a well-balanced and fairly large foot over a small foot. It just makes physical sense that that foot will be able to disperse more […]

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Rehabilitating Hooves After Long-Term Neglect Takes Thoughtful Approach

The most important challenge facing caretakers of horses from long-term neglect situations like the one we’ve covered recently in Mercer County, Ky., is restoring their health. When it comes to their hooves, horses may face a long road to recovery. Farrier Thad Gouge cares for the neglected feet of horses taken in by the Kentucky […]

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Problem-Solving: Conformation, Injuries Require Special Shoeing Care

If all Thoroughbreds were born with perfect conformation, farriers would have an easier job. But perfect Thoroughbreds are not the norm, so farriers must use all the tricks of the trade to keep them sound while they train and race. Pat Broadus is part of Broadus Brothers Horseshoeing, with his brother Chris and his father […]

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Farriers Say Racetrack Licensing Process Leaves Much To Be Debated

Every racing jurisdiction includes in its rules of racing the specific criteria a horseshoer must meet to obtain a racing commission license as a farrier. Passing a two-part test that consists of a written portion and a practical assessment of the farrier’s skills is necessary in most jurisdictions, although a license may be issued to […]

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Quarter Crack? Don’t Blame The Farrier

Dortmund’s defection from last weekend’s Clark Handicap took a little spice out of the race, all thanks to a little crack in his hoof. Quarter cracks are relatively common among Thoroughbreds, and while they can take time to heal, they don’t necessarily put a horse on the shelf for months, the way a soft tissue […]

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Facing The Challenges Of ‘Thoroughbred Feet’

Thoroughbreds are known for their speed, athleticism, and grace, but unfortunately they are also known for having less-than-durable hooves. Often you’ll hear the terms, “thin-soled,” “brittle” or “shelly” describing the thin nature of the layers of keratin that make up the Thoroughbred hoof, and it’s usually true. While some have more issues than others, Thoroughbreds […]

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