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The Key to Soundness is in the Heels

Providing appropriate caudal support helps keep racehorses on the track
Keeping any horse sound can be a tall order. Keeping a Thoroughbred racehorse sound is nearly impossible. That doesn’t stop Wes Champagne from trying, though. “No horseshoer can keep a horse perfectly sound,” says the Arcadia, Calif., farrier. “They all get injured eventually, but farriers can try to prolong their longevity.”
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Lessons from the Track

Veteran Thoroughbred and Standardbred farriers share some quick, important lessons they’ve honed over their careers
Before passing away in 2009, Ronald “Tex” Cauthen left a lasting legacy as a racetrack farrier. The Hall Of Fame shoer helped many farriers and veterinarians increase their skill and knowledge, allowing them to improve the hoof health of many horses on and off the racetrack.
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Q&A: May/June 2017

What discipline do you find challenges you the most when the horse interferes and why?

A: Shoeing Standardbred racehorses that interfere can be the most challenging. The fact that they are moving at the fastest speeds increases the likelihood that any conformational anomalies will result in limb interference, so balancing feet with proper trim and shoes of proper weight is a must.


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Clear Up Interference

Here’s how to keep a horse from getting in its own way
Shoe horses long enough, particularly performance horses, and you’ll eventually run into a problem with interference. Two accomplished farriers — Marcus Lybarger of Venice, Fla., who also works in the Chicago area, and Tim Cable, who splits his time between Buffalo, N.Y., and Wellington, Fla. — shared their knowledge to help you meet the challenge.
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Feet Move, Nails Don’t

Place nails to accommodate the natural function of a hoof, not hinder it
Scott Lampert, a farrier with 30 years of experience, remembers an important, long-ago shoeing lesson as if it happened yesterday. At the time, Lampert served a high-profile client with one of the top hunters in the country who had qualified for the indoor finals in Washington and New York.
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Research Journal: March 2017

The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Resveratrol For Bone Spavin

Resveratrol, a natural substance found in grape skins and other plants, is thought to have anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.


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Quick-Hit Highlights From The American Association Of Equine Practitioners Convention

Equine veterinarians share research and thoughts on various subjects on equine foot and limb health, primarily related to their use of magnetic resonance imaging
Nearly 2,500 equine veterinarians gathered in Orlando, Fla., in early December 2016 to discuss all aspects of equine health at the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention. Even among the foot and limb, there is a wide variety of topics surveyed during the gathering. However, among those presentations and discussions, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and soft tissue injuries received a great deal of attention among those interested in the foot and limb.
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