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Triple Threat: Weight, Soreness And Previous Episodes Up Laminitis Risk

There are three factors that consistently put horses at risk for laminitis: Recent weight gain, soreness after routine farriery care and a previous history of laminitis. Dr. Danica Pollard conducted an online study of horse owners in Britain to determine the management factors that contributed to laminitis development. The study ran for 29 months; the […]

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Many Horse Owners Lack Basic Equine Knowledge, Study Shows

A study that surveyed 128 horse owners about equine care shows a “fundamental lack of knowledge” reports HorseTalk. The British study used an online, multiple-choice format disseminated through Facebook and was presented in a poster at the International Society for Equitation Science conference in Rome. The results of the study showed that many horse owners […]

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For Veterinarians, A Good Farrier Can Be One Of Their Biggest Assets

An astute horse person can spot a good farrier from a mile away, and for veterinarian Bo Brock, DVM, when he saw Randy Bradshaw across a crowded barn isle at a client’s farm in Lamesa, Texas, he knew in a matter of seconds he was a skilled and seasoned blacksmith. For a veterinarian, having a […]

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Lingering Questions: Will The ‘Racing Gods’ Smile On Justify’s Foot?

The Kentucky Derby winner has certainly looked the part while training at Pimlico in the week leading up to the Preakness, but questions still linger about the colt’s left hind foot. Video of Justify on the morning after the Derby appeared to show the son of Scat Daddy experiencing soreness in the area, which trainer […]

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Farriery Should Be Recognized In AVMA Model, Group States

A change to the guiding principles of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) could profoundly affect farriers, the farrier industry, equine veterinarians, horse owners and the horse, the American Farriers Journal believes. The draft of the Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA) the AVMA uses has eliminated the farrier exemption; this model is intended to protect […]

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Cornell Farrier Program Admits First All-Female Class

After more than 100 years in existence, the Cornell Farrier Program has admitted its first all-women class. In early January, three women walked through the farrier shop doors, started up the forge and got to work. Paige Maxxam, Kahlan Schramm and Kerry Spain will complete the program in April and use their training to enter as apprentices […]

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The Modern Age Of Shoeing The Problem Horse

For centuries of farriery, horses have worn metal shoes that are nailed into its hooves. Horses with weak, shelley hooves typically have difficulty holding a shoe when it is nailed on, as the hoof breaks apart easily around the nail holes and/or doesn’t have enough hoof on which to nail a shoe. In the past, the […]

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Spring Is The Perfect Time To Assess Your Horse’s Health

Whether a horse has campaigned throughout the winter or enjoyed a well-deserved break from riding and competing, spring is a great time to take inventory of his health and wellness. As the old adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” By being proactive in staying on top of a horse’s […]

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Hoof Maintenance: Good Trimming Requires More Than Just Managing Length

There is a saying that most seasoned equestrians have heard – “No hoof, no horse.” Hooves are to horses as wheels are to cars and, just as with cars, bad things can happen if they are not properly maintained. Maintenance, however, is not simply getting your horse trimmed regularly. It’s about the health and wellness […]

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Wrongful Death Ruling Empowers Farriers

In 2009, farrier Pat Barrett entered a corral in Southern California he had been in many times before to trim a horse he was familiar with. While attempting to secure one of the horses before trimming his hooves, the horse hit Barrett, either with his chest or head, knocking Barrett to the ground. The impact […]

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