Items Tagged with 'Gene Ovnicek'



Manage Leverage to Treat Lameness

Colorado farrier continues his research and development of unconventional therapeutic shoes
Drawing on 60 years of experience, master farrier Gene Ovnicek says he and other horseshoers are finally reaching a point where they can help prevent lameness with advanced hoof mapping, reduced ground surface and his newest development, the Freedom Shoe.
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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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How To Keep Your Equine Specimens Like New

Proper care will keep your skeletons and limb models in tip top shape
Anatomy models and skeletal limbs are invaluable tools for educating clients about their horses and the pathologies they might be facing. These specimens will prove helpful for years to come with proper care. Allie Hayes of Horse Science in West Boxford, Mass., and Walter Varcoe of in Port Jervis, N.Y., are two of the foremost experts in the field of anatomical models and skeletons.
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Influential Mentors

We've heard many great stories about valuable mentors farriers have had throughout their careers. Who are the influential mentor(s) in your shoeing career and why?
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The Widest Part of the Foot

A study of locating internal hoof structures from external references
A primary hoof-care goal always has been to trim the hoof so that it provides support and stability to the distal phalanx (hence the bony column), regardless of whether a horse is being shod or left barefoot.
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A Table With All The Trimmings

A Table With All The Trimmings


This report takes you through hoof trimming with some of the most serious practitioners of the art. Lavishly illustrated with color photos of hoof models created by Allie Hayes, it includes detailed descriptions of hooves trimmed to the certification standard of the American Farrier's Association, the Four Point Trim developed by Dr. Ric Redden, the Natural Balance Trim of Gene Ovnicek, a Universal Sole Thickness Trim used by Michael T. Savoldi and trims developed by barefoot advocates Dr. Hiltrude Strasser, K.C. LaPierre and Lyle Bergeleen. This report will help expand your knowledge of this vital aspect of proper hoof care and will give you the background to understand the how and why behind these trimming methods.


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