Trimming

Frankly Speaking: Educate the 14-year-olds

I recently read a tribute posted to Facebook about the late farrier Bob Skradzio. The International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member passed away more than 10 years ago, but is remembered by the countless farriers he impacted through his 60-plus years as a horseshoer. He was a link to industry history — one of the last to work street horses in an urban area who transitioned to a largely recreational riding practice.
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2020 in Review

Top 10 Articles from May 2020

Shoeing and feeding strategies to improve hoof quality, the role that alfalfa can play in the diet of insulin resistant horses, the limitations of radiographs and skeletal specializations of the equine reciprocating systems were among the topics that most got your interest in May 2020.
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Hoof Beats

Conformational Corrections in Foals

Hoof-care professionals and horse owners can resolve early developmental issues through team approach
With foaling season once again upon us it is a good idea to revisit strategies for conformational corrections. The first important aspect is regular farrier visits and daily farm inspections.
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Research Journal: December 2020

The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Horseshoes and Heel Contraction Although there is little hard evidence to support the belief, horseshoes have long been implicated as a cause of contracted heels in horses. For this reason, researchers in Poland conducted a cross-sectional survey measuring the frogs of 114 horses in 22 stables and compared the results between shod and unshod horses.
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Equine Reciprocating Systems

Hoof Trim has Varied Effects on the Equine Forelimb

Demonstrations and real-life examples challenge farriers to think about their approach to solving foot problems
Throughout this series, I have illustrated the concept of systems anatomy. Veterinary education and that of traditional farriers are based on regional anatomy, which studies regions and the anatomical components of each. The perspective of systems anatomy is that bodies are organized hierarchically, i.e. building up from small functional units (for example, cells or single tissues) to subsystems (for example, organs), which work together to make up a major system such as the nervous, circulatory or musculoskeletal system.
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Hoof Beats

A Level Hoof

The hoof of any equine athlete adapts to the forces upon it. Looking at a single hoof from different views, a farrier can assess it for levelness and sometimes gain opposing opinions from those views.
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Upper Body Straightness is Key to Jumper Success

Wisconsin farrier relies on rockers and a two-plane approach to trim
At no other time in the history of horseshoeing have farriers had more hoof-care options than they do right now. What they can’t buy, talented farriers can custom build at the forge and anvil, or create from their own ingenuity using modern materials. As a result, it is tempting to look to shoes as the be-all-end-all answer to hoof-care problems. Blanchardville, Wis., farrier Martin Roche prefers to look to the horse.
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