Cutting the accessory (check) ligament of the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) is a treatment commonly used for horses with stage 1 club feet (contracture of the distal interphalangeal joint) that do not respond to conservative therapy and for stage 2 club feet in yearlings and older horses.
Happiness is a subjective feeling of a positive emotional mental state that is associated with good welfare of animals. Therefore, the ability to recognize happiness in animals has tremendous potential to improve their overall well-being. Researchers from Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom surveyed horse owners and riders’ beliefs regarding their horse’s happiness.
Linear elastic models commonly have been used when testing or modeling the material properties of the hoof wall. However, the stress-strain relationship for keratin in a highly deformable structure such as the hoof is nonlinear.
Researchers in Louisiana examined the effects of five different types of horseshoes with different amounts of traction compared with being barefoot on the distribution of forces at the ground surface when a horse was trotting across a concrete force plate.
Working with an attending farrier, veterinarians at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine examined the immediate effects of routine trimming and shoeing on the hoof conformation and gait of clinically normal horses.
Researchers in Germany compared hoof loading patterns of 16 sound horses and ponies as controls with those of 17 equids that recently recovered from acute laminitis and 21 animals that had recovered from laminitis 6-12 weeks before the study.
Campbell, Texas, farrier and American Farriers Team member Sawyer Spradling demonstrates his approach to tuning a distorted pritchel to a punch, a skill that has served him well when he travels to clinics and competitions.
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