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How to Address a Fractured Coffin Bone

The coffin bone, also known as the pedal bone or the distal phalanx, is the bottommost bone within a horse’s leg, similar to the tip of a human finger. Although uncommon, coffin bone injuries are both serious and dangerous as the hoof capsule is shaped around this particular bone. To maintain horse health, it is important to provide proper hoof care and to take action if a horse develops a coffin bone injury. 
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Research Journal: January/February 2019

The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Retrospective case-control and cross-sectional studies were conducted in Italy to describe the clinical findings and outcomes of horses with interference injuries to the palmar aspect of the distal front limbs, and to identify factors associated with the injuries.
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Briefings: December 2018

The relationship between veterinarians and farriers is a common topic of conversation in both camps. While efforts have been made to bridge gaps between the two, there’s one area that farriers have some room to improve upon, says a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.


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What Made Seabiscuit A Winner?

Seabiscuit is renowned as one of the greatest horses in racing history. But with 17 losses under his belt, crooked legs and a lack of ambition, what was it that led him to the winner’s circle? The owner of Seabiscuit’s descendants hope to find out with the help of scientists.
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Farrier School Sees First All-Women Class In Its 30-Year History

Farriers aren’t seen as the horse wranglers that they once were in the Wild West — gruff men who tackled horses, five o’clock shadows and calloused hands. There’s a changing trend of horseshoeing being seen as a “caregiving role,” says Bob Smith, founder of Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School (PCHS) in Plymouth, Calif. More women are gravitating to this trade due to the appeal of helping horses and the freedom that comes with it.
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Improving Horses’ Flexibility Beneath The Skin

Simple massage techniques can lead to big results
When waking up in the morning, it’s almost first instinct to stretch and get the blood moving through your body so you can start your day. On days you don’t stretch, you feel stiff and tight. It’s no different for horses. When horses don’t access a wide range of motion, their muscles can lock up and grow tight.
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