As farriers, when we are managing therapeutic cases, we like to see our work benefit the horse so that it can return to the same capacity that it was previously working in. Of course, that isn’t always the case and despite our best efforts, many horses won’t return to their previous levels of performance — or at all.
The practical art of shoeing horses is often a combination of necessity and the desire to provide therapeutic or athletic advantage to the horse. Hoof capsule variances can provide untold obstacles and challenges that might need addressing during the life of a horse.
The art of farriery has been in practice for hundreds of years. The trademark of a highly skilled farrier during this period has been precision fit and a polished finish, coupled with meticulous care and pride.
Hydration levels in horses’ hooves will change dramatically not only from location-to-location, but also with naturally occurring seasonal change.
Competitive sport horses that compete at different regional locations might encounter higher saturation levels multiple times within the year and these continually changing circumstances can be detrimental to the overall health of the equine hoof.
The stifle joint is one of the largest, complex hinge joints in the equine skeletal system. The role of the stifle joint ranges from locomotion, through to a fundamental role in the reciprocal apparatus in the pelvic limb.
Watch International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Roy Bloom of Drummond, Wis., as he forges the winning shoe during the Vern Hornquist Memorial Class at the 2019 American Farrier’s Association Convention in Tulsa, Okla. Bloom forged a 10 1/4” x 3/8” x 1” shoe from a 4 1/2” x 5” piece of aluminum bar stock. The toe must be 3/16” and the heel must be 1/2”. It also must fit six #4 city head nails.
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Kawell began as a university project geared towards innovation, problem solving, and maintenance services for the veterinary industry. Over the last few years we have worked with specialized companies and professionals in order to develop the theoretical and technical basis needed to design and manufacture a therapeutic product for the care of horses and prevention of disease.
From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness.