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The More You Look At Hooves, The More You’ll Learn

Texas A&M University equine veterinarian Robin Dabareiner told attendees at the late November American Association of Equine Practitioners meeting in San Diego, Calif., that they’ll learn much more about the hoof by paying more attention to it. “Just by looking at the hoof more, I’ve learned an awful lot and realized that trimming is more important than shoeing,” she says. “With better trimming, horses are staying sounder longer and doing so with less drugs.”

Use Yoga To Relieve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Problems

In a study conducted by Warren Katz at the Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa., 42 people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome participated in two yoga classes per week for 8 weeks. They practiced yoga postures for strengthening, stretching and balancing the joints in the upper body as well as promoting relaxation.

Katz says these yoga participants reported significant improvement in pain reduction and grip strength compared to control group members. Yoga was much more effective than the standard treatment of placing a wrist in a splint for carpal tunnel treatment used with the control group.

Durability, Price Are Critical When Buying Forges

When it comes to buying a new propane forge, attendees filling out an American Farriers Journal survey at last winter’s Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium indicate the most important feature is durability. This is followed by economy, price, fast heatup and compact size. 

Some 22 percent of farriers replace forges every 5 years while 15 percent replace…

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