Lamenesses

How Uneven Feet Affect Locomotion

Understanding the relationship between movement and injury is key
In human locomotion, a lot is known about the pattern of central pressure on the foot as a step is taken. Typically, a normal pattern is defined as landing slightly laterally in a supinated position and then rolling toward the medial side of the foot into pronation.
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Old Horses, New Problems

Aging horses become more susceptible to arthritis, laminitis and other issues that present hoof-care challenges
As horses age, they present new challenges to horse owners, as well as to farriers. Because farriers are usually the equine professionals who see horses and owners most regularly, they are frequently the first person a horse owner goes to for advice when senior horses begin to have new issues.
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The Cost Of Treating Laminitis

A veterinarian and three farriers discuss the cost of treatment and how it affects their approach to helping the horse
Like any disease, treating laminitis comes at a cost. Usually it is the financial aspects that one — especially the client — considers. Cost for diagnosis and treatment may include radiographs, medicines, and the professional fees of the vet and farrier to name a few.
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“Diplomatic Skills” Needed When Stumbling Is Due To Rider Error

It’s never easy to tell one of your clients to lose 150 pounds, buy a new horse with better conformation or to sign up for riding lessons
No farrier wants to have a tough client conversation about how rider error may be impacting a horse’s behavior. And when you have to be blunt and explain how rider error rider is the cause, it’s time to bring your “diplomatic skills” into play.
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Migrating Clients Require Farrier Communication And Collaboration

As seasons change and horses move between locations, farriers in different states must work together to keep horse hooves healthy
Farriers spend a lot of energy, effort and expertise to keep their charges’ feet in tip-top shape so that their clients can continue year-round. Some farriers have clients who opt to migrate their horses to other locations beyond their “home base” for part of the year, such as those whose clients show during the winter in Florida.
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