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Hoof-Care Professionals Get Ideas to Improve Their Everyday Work

Roundtables provide an opportunity to learn tips and techniques and apply them in their practice


Pictured Above: Roundtable attendees suggest that it’s critical to establish load sharing when dealing with a low foot in a set of mismatched feet.

The following article is based on Hoof-Care Roundtables at the 2019 International Hoof-Care Summit. To watch the presentations, click here.

Farrier Takeaways

  • When managing mismatched feet, differences in posture often occur. When the hip is forward, it will be diagonal to the high foot. It’s important to pay attention to the entire horse, not just a single hoof.
  • Massaging the coronary band area with a small brush can stimulate faster growth of hoof wall. This can be helpful when treating hoof cracks.
  • Limestone has a higher PH than hooves can tolerate and can cause delamination of the hoof wall.

The 16th annual International Hoof-Care Summit attracted a substantial collection of footcare professionals from vast cultures, ensuring a diversity of experiences, climates and techniques that can help attendees improve their hoof-care practices.

This diversity is particularly evident during the 25 highly popular Hoof-Care Roundtables, one of which was for farrier spouses. The intensive interactions that take place between footcare professionals over the course of the Summit can be some of the best learning experiences.

The Roundtables bring attendees together to discuss a specific footcare topic that participants find challenging in their day-to-day work. During these sessions, attendees share their experiences on how they’ve dealt with specific…

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