hoof care

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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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented by Equistro: How Much Can Diet Really Improve Hooves?

QUESTION: “I’ve got a horse in training with shelly feet. How much can I reasonably improve his hoof quality with a change in feed or supplements?” DR. CRAIG LESSER: When approaching a horse with shelly feet it is important to consider a variety of factors including environment, workload, conformation, poor shoeing/shallow nailing and overall health […]

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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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When The Storm Clears, Veterinary Challenges Remain For Horses Stuck In Flood Waters

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma flooded two of the largest horse populations in the United States. Texas has a million horses and Florida has a half-million. During the hurricanes, the major threat to these animals was flying debris, but in their aftermath, horses struggled through floodwater to survive. Floodwater is particularly hazardous because of the level […]

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I Owe You How Much? The Cost Of Shoeing Horses

Your farrier finishes shoeing your horse and hands you a bill for the work. You look at the bill, muster a smile, and grab your checkbook even though you may be thinking, ‘A set of horseshoes costs about $15 and he spent less than an hour putting them on. Why is the bill so much?’ […]

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Equine Owners Provide Valuable Insight Into Laminitis Cases

Many horse owners are well versed in the symptoms of laminitis: a stretched-out stance, reluctance to move and heat in the hooves, including a bounding digital pulse. Educated owners know to immediately call the veterinarian, as these signs are all indicators that a horse is experiencing inflammation of the laminae that connect the coffin bone […]

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Nail-Free Shoe Options For Thoroughbreds: Glue-Ons Prevail

If you follow any fellow horse lovers on social media (and even if you don’t), chances are you’ve seen a photo of these nail-free, iron-free, colorful clip-on horseshoes sometime in the past several months. Photos of the Megasus Horserunners, as the shoes are called, have gotten a lot of attention on Facebook due to their […]

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If Your Farrier Suffers An Injury, Who’s Liable?

Part of the job for most farriers is the daily risk of a job-related bruise, strain, or worse. A farrier knows every time he or she crawls under a horse could mean serious injury, or even death, if things go wrong. Workers in the United States have recourse against their employers for injuries on the […]

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