hoof care

Epsom Salt: How It Works Its Magic

Epsom salt is a staple in every horseman’s tack room. Principally used in poultices and hoof packings, Epsom salt draws water out of the body, making it excellent for reducing swelling and removing toxins. If applied as a paste, it generates soothing heat. Because of its ability to pool water, Epsom salt is sometimes used […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: What Are Hoof Growth Rings?

QUESTION: What are hoof growth rings and what does it mean when you see them on a horse at sale? DR. SCOTT FLEMING: Growth rings are externally visible ridges in the hoof that indicate differences in the rate of growth or quality of a horse’s hoof wall. The appearance and number of rings can vary from several […]

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Helping Senior Equines Weather Winter Weather

Similar to the human lifespan, the equine lifespan has increased over the years, due in no small part to a deeper understanding of equine care and improved veterinary medicine. Like older people, older horses need some additional care to ensure they maintain a good quality of life when temperatures plummet. Owners and managers should pay […]

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When Laminitis Strikes, What’s Your First Line Of Defense?

The most important time to take action against laminitis is when a horse shows early signs or a high-risk event occurs that might trigger laminitis. Triggers for laminitis range from exposure to black walnuts to injury to physiological disruption from colic, high fever, retained placenta, or carbohydrate overload. In essence, anything that causes a horse […]

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Should Radiographs Of Hooves Be Part Of Requirement For Auction Repositories?

“No hoof, no horse” is an axiom all horsemen know well. If a horse has a hoof problem, it’s going to affect performance, no matter how fit and healthy the horse. Despite the importance of a horse’s feet, sales companies do not list feet X-rays in their “required views” for the repository. Required views, as […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: How Much Does Yearling Conformation Matter On-Track?

Question: How would the conformation of my yearling affect his racing career? Dr. Raul Bras: Obviously, this is a loaded question that we wouldn’t be able to answer with a short description. Also, we must understand that evaluation of equine conformation is usually subjective and based upon experience or opinion. Conformation is the physical appearance of an animal […]

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Belmont Winner Tapwrit Preparing For 2018 Debut This Weekend

Tapwrit, the reigning Belmont Stakes winner, will make his first start in almost a year this weekend. Daily Racing Form’s David Grening reports the big gray will contest an allowance race on Sunday at Belmont Park. Jose Ortiz will be aboard. Trainer Todd Pletcher attributed the long break to an injury to the horse’s frog — […]

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Updated: No Evidence Of Scratches On Justify Tuesday, Colt Recovering From Bruise

Two days after trainer Bob Baffert told the media Kentucky Derby winner Justify was suffering from scratches, Kentucky Horse Racing commission veterinarians said the colt appeared to be sound once again. “The horse walked, jogged, and turned in tight circles in both directions today without evidence of lameness,” said Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director […]

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‘Farrier Think Tank’: First International Farrier Syndicate Announced

A group of elite farriers in various disciplines have banded together to form the first farrier syndicate in the horse industry. International Farrier Syndicate is the brainchild of Thoroughbred farrier Pat Broadus and recent International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame inductee Danvers Child. Child described the syndicate as a “group of like-minded farriers working together as […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Low Heels, Long Toes

QUESTION: It seems Thoroughbred horses are prone to low heel and long toes. Have you found this to be true, and is it good or bad for a racehorse? DR. RAUL BRAS: The low heel-long toes trait is one of the most common hoof abnormalities described in the racehorse. Functionally adapted for speed and efficient […]

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