hoof care

Vaccine For Carbohydrate-Induced Laminitis Shows Promise

Laminitis is one of the most common causes of death in horses, and one of the most stubborn ailments. In an effort to thwart it onset, equine surgeon Dr. David Wilson, professor of large animal surgery at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, is in the process of developing a vaccine that could have the potential to […]

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Does A Z Bar Shoe Spell Derby Doom For Girvin? Not Necessarily

News this week that Kentucky Derby contender Girvin’s repeatedly delayed workout schedule is due to a quarter crack the colt incurred last week has many fans and handicappers rearranging their tickets to leave him off. The Daily Racing Form’s observation a day prior of Z bar shoes on both the colt’s front feet had already […]

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What A Pain: Hoof Abscesses A Common Frustration For Horses In All Life Stages

Classic Empire is the latest in a long line of horses to miss training or skip a race due to a hoof abscess. Hoof abscesses are relatively common and seem to impact a horse on the trail for a classic race every year. California Chrome, Melatonin, Shared Belief, Game On Dude, and Texas Red have […]

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Avoiding The Tug Of War: Schooling Horses For The Farrier

Every horseman has had a horse that pulls his groom and the farrier down the shedrow when it’s time for new shoes. The problem usually can be traced to a bad experience, or perhaps the horse wasn’t schooled properly as a youngster. “The owner can’t expect the farrier to school the horse every four to […]

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How’d That Happen? Origins And Remedies For Clubfoot

The term “clubfoot” gets thrown around a lot when describing the way a horse, particularly a sale prospect, looks. But what does the term mean, and what actually constitutes a clubfoot on a horse? A clubfoot is a conformation flaw thought to have both a genetic and mechanical component. You can recognize a clubfoot by […]

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Making Thin Soles Thick Again

Sole thickness is a key component of keeping a horse sound, as a horse with thin soles is going to be more sensitive to the surfaces they’re navigating and be more prone to bruising and abscesses. Thin soles can simply be a result of a horse’s pre-disposition to the condition, but can also be caused […]

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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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AAEP Foundation Announces Funding For Two Studies Of Laminitis

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation has announced financial support for two research projects investigating support limb laminitis, in which lameness in one limb results in laminitis in the opposite limb. Subsequent separation of the coffin bone from the hoof wall causes pain and eventually displacement, either coffin bone rotation or sinking, in […]

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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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‘Even I Can’t Stop This Horse’: No Shoe Changes For Nyquist Despite Preakness Forecast

The forecast for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes looks to be a wet one. If predictions hold, around a half-inch of rain will pour onto the Pimlico dirt surface throughout the day, which may make for a sloppy track. Connections of some contenders (race favorite Nyquist included) say they have no plans to change their horses’ footwear […]

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