Anatomy

Club Foot Or Upright Foot? It’s All About The Angles

Proper diagnosis is important to determine a maintenance plan
It’s not uncommon to observe minor asymmetries in any horse’s feet. But when there is a significant difference between a pair of hooves, typically the front, the unevenness may be attributable to club foot. Club feet are estimated to be present in 5% to 20% of the equine population.
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The Key To Soundness Is In The Heels

Providing appropriate caudal support helps keep racehorses on the track
Keeping any horse sound can be a tall order. Keeping a Thoroughbred racehorse sound is nearly impossible. That doesn’t stop Wes Champagne from trying, though. “No horseshoer can keep a horse perfectly sound,” says the Arcadia, Calif., farrier. “They all get injured eventually, but farriers can try to prolong their longevity.”
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Looking For Lameness During A Pre-Purchase Exam

Ohio vet and farrier corrects asymmetrical gaits with wireless sensors
Prospective horse owners depend on pre-purchase exams to uncover issues that could potentially affect a horse’s performance — particularly hidden lameness. Adam Pendleton, an equine veterinarian and farrier, discussed a pre-purchase exam he conducted on a 10-year-old Quarter Horse mare during which he utilized an interesting method to determine the mare’s soundness: the Equinosis Q with Lameness Locator.
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From the AFJ Archives: April 2018

July/August 1983
1983 ARTICLE OVERVIEW Steve Kraus, head of Farrier Services and senior lecturer at Cornell University, originally wrote this article for the 1983 July/August issue of American Farriers Journal. As a private practice farrier in Trumansburg, N.Y., Kraus originally approached this subject with the intent to clarify the purpose of Scotch bottom shoes and share his method of creating this complicated type of shoe.
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2018 International Hoof-Care Summit

[Video] Thoughts On Shoeing For Performance

There is no set recipe for helping a horse improve its performance through footcare. There are considerations that each farrier goes though in the evaluation and shoeing that are particular to their practices. In this session three farriers will share cases that exhibit how they approach helping a horse reach its full potential.
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[Video] Inside The Biomechanical System For Equine Analysis

In his previous session, Italian farrier Domenico Cellaro shared how he developed his machine to measure the effect of ground reaction forces. In this talk, he’ll show how he was inspired to make this machine, how he built it and the future implications of his work with it.
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2018 International Hoof-Care Summit

[Video] A Review Of Equine Movement

One of the most popular lecturers throughout the history of the Summit is Ashland, Ohio, farrier Randy Luikart. He’s presented a few lectures over the years reviewing topics associated with equine biomechanics. For this presentation, he’ll review the highlights from these talks, including how the horse’s movement requires the foot and leg to operate mechanically in two roles, load acceptance and load application. Luikart will use physics to give a clearer picture of equine motion.
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2018 International Hoof-Care Summit

[Video] Radiographs In The Use Of Farriery

The common use of radiographs has helped improve equine care. But when presented with a radiograph, what considerations should you give as a farrier to its interpretation? In this presentation, Scott Pleasant of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine will pull from cases he’s worked on to give insights on using radiographs in shoe placement. His presentation also will show whether what we expect will happen to the foot does with pre- and post-shoeing radiographs.
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2018 International Hoof-Care Summit

[Video] WHOLE HORSE APPROACH: The Significance Between Equine Poor Posture And Conformation

Understanding the relationship between what’s above the distal limb is important for farriers to recognize. In this lecture, equine chiropractor Dr. Patricia Bona will discuss an important aspect of equine chiropractic care: the basics of evaluating posture and how to evaluate the difference between posture and conformation (as too many confuse the two).
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