Christy Corp-Minamiji DMV

Christy Corp-Minamiji is a freelance writer and former large animal veterinary practitioner. She lives in Northern California.


Changing Forces And Tensions

Establish clear goals and understand how altered angles will affect structures before choosing wedges
Shoeing with wedges is all about redistributing the forces among the force bearing structures of the hoof. This statement by Jeff Thomason, of the University of Guelph, encapsulates the purpose of wedges in farriery.
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Understanding And Managing Quarter Cracks

California farriers offer their advice to achieve positive outcomes

Tim Shannon has some succinct advice for farriers who deal with quarter cracks. “I’d suggest whoever wants to get into it to find somebody who knows a lot about [handling quarter cracks] to walk you through it,” advises the San Moreno, Calif., farrier. “There is a lot to crack repair.”

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Concussion And The Equine Foot

Examining the multitude of factors influencing the interaction of the hoof and the ground

As far back as ancient Greece, horsemen have recognized the importance of the hoof, and the influence of the hoof-ground interface (on the way of going of the horse). Lacking the wings of Pegasos, real horses are subject to the shock of impact with the ground passing through their hooves and lower limbs.

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There’s No Easy Way to Treat Cushing’s Disease

Farriers, vets and clients must band together to face treatment challenges
Senior horses may have multiple issues that affect trimming and shoeing strategies, from old injuries to arthritis that limit range of movement or the ability to hold up a hind leg. But the one condition that can most frustrate the owner-vet-farrier team is Cushing’s disease.
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