Hoof Loading During Laminitis
A study by researchers from the Veterinary Medicine, Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany, examined hoof loading in laminitic horses compared with normal controls. Fifty-four horses were divided into three groups:
Boredom during stall confinement causes many equine behavior and welfare problems. Researchers examined seven healthy horses from the Brazilian Army Sergeants School for the behavioral and welfare effects of using a hay bag with small openings designed to extend the time required for horses to consume their daily ration of hay.
In a collaborative effort, Swedish, Dutch, Swiss and American researchers conducted an experiment with seven clinically normal upper-level dressage horses to examine movement asymmetry on a treadmill at walking and sitting trot speeds.
Swiss researchers surveyed 133 Icelandic competition horses at four international horse shows to assess the relationships between hoof size, shape and balance, and the occurrence of hoof pathology and athletic performance.
Swiss researchers surveyed 133 Icelandic competition horses at four international horse shows to assess the relationships between hoof size, shape and balance, and the occurrence of hoof pathology and athletic performance. Measurements and radiographs of the left front and hind hooves were taken at the competitions with additional measurements made from the radiographs at a later date.
Two experiments conducted at the University of Queensland’s Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit examined energy metabolism and perfusion of the laminae during the experimental induction of laminitis with and without the use of ice boots to provide continuous digital hypothermia.
Researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Berry College in Georgia investigated the effect of trimming and resetting shoes on the time spent lying down and the number of steps taken per day using 10 light horse geldings, aged 3 to 21.
Led by a scientist at Michigan State University, a team of researchers evaluated the effects of a dietary supplement containing resveratrol and the amino acid leucine on insulin dysregulation in horses with equine metabolic syndrome.
Illinois farrier Vern Powell shares the benefits of looking at feet in terms of steel length instead of a standard factory shoe sizes. It could give you a leg up in a forging competition or when sitting for an examination.
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