Each day, American Farriers Journal encounters a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at an aspect of the equine industry. Our favorite content for "This Week" is aggregated here. We hope it offers a useful tip to improve your hoof-care business, expands your knowledge by giving you something new to ponder, or entertains you when you need a break most.
- Wedges: A Necessary Evil?
- Touch Up Your Hoof Knife
- Tips for Shoeing Long/Overdue Horses
- Laminitic Horse Nutrition
- Understanding the Horse Brain
Wedges are widely debated in the farriery world. Do they help to create better geometric hoof proportions in a broken back hoof pastern axis’, de-loading affected structures? Or do they simply put a plaster on a symptom, perpetuating the adverse biomechanical forces that created the morphology in the first place? Yogi Sharp, DipWCF, a farrier based in Brighton, England, explores this topic in his Equine Documentalist blog.
Brock, Texas farrier Lee Olsen, CJF, of Olsen Equine shares his tips to make shoeing long/overdue horses easier in this video. Taking out the proper amount of sole is key. Hint: You are going to need a torch.
Nutrition can play a role in initiating laminitis, either through precipitating an abrupt change in bacterial flora and releasing an endotoxic shower or directly through a carbohydrate overload. Dr. Clarissa Brown-Douglas from Kentucky Equine Research discusses the important role that nutrition plays in preventing and managing laminitis in this video.
Farrier Focus Podcast interviews Dr. Steve Peters, a neuroscientist who specializes in brain functioning. As a horse brain researcher, Peters has given numerous equine brain science seminars/presentations throughout the U.S. and Canada and performed many horse brain dissections. He and horseman Martin Black co-authored “Evidence Based Horsemanship.”