Jenny Hagen

Jenny Hagen

Jenny Hagen, DVM, PhD, CF, is a veterinarian, re­searcher and certified farrier. She is in private practice for equine ortho­pedics and chiropractic. She is a mem­ber of the faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Leipzig University in Ger­many.



What is the Horse’s Thoracic Sling?

Core stability and training strategies to prevent orthopedic injuries
Several studies state that lameness is the most prevalent health problem in horses and the main reason for retirement from their leisure use or competitive life (Clegg 2011; Ely et al. 2009; Dyson 2001). In this context, most pathologies appear in the structures of the equine distal limb at the forelimbs.
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Trimming & Shoeing

How Farriers Affect a Horse’s Hoof Landing

Horseshoers must determine whether initial contact or stabilization of the landing benefit the horse most
While the horse is guided in a straight line on level, firm ground, the motion of the limb during the swing and stance phase is observed, along with the sideway motion and flight arc of the limb during the swing phase.
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Managing Clubfoot in Foals

Proper handling and care is necessary for efficient and successful results
Clubfoot is a congenital or acquired distal interphalangeal flexural deformity of the toe. In general, a clubfoot can be defined as a hoof that meets the ground at an angle greater than 60 degrees.
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Therapeutic Shoeing

Stabilizing the Hoof Wall After Resection

Hoof casts promote healing, but be aware of side effects
Several disorders affecting the hooves can be an indication for a partial hoof wall resection. However, high risks and harmful side effects are associated with a loss of supporting hoof wall, so the hoof must be stabilized and protected to promote successful healing.
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Center of pressure

What is Mediolateral Balance in Farriery?

Scientific research offers insights in the context of everyday hoof care and shoeing

Mediolateral balance is a widely and sometimes misleading term used by equine professionals, in particular farriers and veterinarians. This article aims to clarify terms related to “mediolateral balance” and to give an overview of current research findings regarding trimming and shoeing.

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