Tab Pigg

Tab Pigg

Tab Pigg is a certified journeyman farrier from Azle, Texas, who has served as president of the Texas Professional Farriers Association and an examiner for the American Farrier’s Association. He is a technical specialist for Vettec.

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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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Treating a Sore Barefoot Horse After Trimming

Horse hooves, similar to human fingernails, need to be trimmed regularly as excessive growth weakens durability and causes them to split, crack, chip or break off. Plus, excessive trimming can be painful and lead to significant complications in everyday activities. To maintain optimal hoof health for barefoot horses, it is important for horse owners to continue regular trimming cycles and to provide proper care for hooves when they’re sore.
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Environmental Factors: How Weather and Temperature Affect Hoof Health

Seasonal weather changes have a major effect on a horse’s hoof health. Depending on the time of year, horses’ hooves change and may require extra attention and treatment. Neglecting environmental factors can lead to sole deterioration or other harmful consequences. When it comes to a horse’s environment, there are two main seasonal factors that impact hoof health: temperature and moisture.
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Managing the Base-Narrow Horse

When you come across a base-narrow horse due to medial-lateral imbalance, this approach could address the issue within two shoeings
If you shoe horses, you’ll come across base-narrow, high-inside heeled horses.
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