Katie Navarra

Katie Navarra

Katie Navarra is a freelance writer who draws from her experiences owning and showing horses, and inter­viewing the industry’s leading pro­fessionals.

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Halting Laminitis

Prevention And Management Strategies For Acute And Chronic Laminitis

Laminitis likely can’t be cured by the time the intricate structures of the hoof degrade, it’s impossible to reverse the damage. That means that prevention, early detection and stopping progression of the disease are critical.


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What Causes Supporting Limb Laminitis?

Improving circulation in loaded foot is the key to avoiding disease
Barbaro was expected to break the Triple Crown drought in 2006 by becoming the first colt to claim the illustrious title in nearly 3 decades. He handily won the Kentucky Derby and was the favorite to win the Preakness Stakes.
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Give Your Practice A Technological Advantage

Farriery is a centuries old profession that hasn’t changed much at its core. However, in this day and age, technology can help take your hoof-care business to the next level. Technology is underutilized in farriery, though. While 67% of farriers carry a smartphone, only 51% use computers in their footcare business, according to the most recent American Farriers Journal Farrier Business Practices Survey.
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What Eventing Riders Want Farriers To Know

Educating clients about mechanics of the distal limb and appropriate hoof care is critical to a successful relationship
Every farrier’s dream client is likely a lot like eventing competitor Savannah “Woodge” Fulton. As the daughter of farrier Steven Fulton, the 23-year-old rider experienced firsthand the relationship between farriers and clients when she was growing up.
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Club Foot Or Upright Foot? It’s All About The Angles

Proper diagnosis is important to determine a maintenance plan
It’s not uncommon to observe minor asymmetries in any horse’s feet. But when there is a significant difference between a pair of hooves, typically the front, the unevenness may be attributable to club foot. Club feet are estimated to be present in 5% to 20% of the equine population.
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Opinions On Preventing And Treating White Line Disease

Hoof wall separation opens the door to the dreaded bacterial and fungus infection
Theoretically, treatment for white line disease should be simple — kill infection-causing bacteria and fungi. In reality, treating white line disease can be far more complicated. Bacteria and fungi naturally exist inside the hoof wall in a mutually beneficial relationship.
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Defining The Hoof Quarters

The prevalence of caudal foot problems leads Hall Of Fame farrier to spell out the critical, yet elusive, description
The front half of a horse’s hoof has been the center of trimming and shoeing discussions for quite some time. Specifically, finding the ideal breakover point has been the focus of countless conversations and endless training. Lafayette, Ind., farrier Danvers Child points out that the vast majority of hoof issues occur in the back half of the foot, not the front.
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Physiology, Foot Morphology And Health In The True Wild Horse

Researcher finds laminitis and surprising hoof problems with Przewalski’s horse
The Przewalski horse, the only wild horse living today, enjoys what could be considered the “ideal” life. In Mongolia and Hungary, where Brian Hampson has observed them, the nomadic grazers roam the fence-free countryside. Traditional herdsmen are responsible for regularly monitoring the herds, but the caretakers don’t interact with or attempt to domesticate the horses.
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