Multiple factors are involved in the onset of developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) in young horses. Some are identifiable, while others are unknown. Genetic predisposition, conformation, unbalanced nutrition, and exercise patterns have been said to contribute to the etiology of DOD.
Farriers often hear an owner say, "My horse stumbled, so my trainer said to tell you to rocker the toes." Many trainers and owners believe that a rolled or rocker toe is all that is needed to "correct" stumbling.
While there are a number of causes of lameness. California equine veterinarian Robert Miller maintains more than half of them are preventable. And he believes a major concern is training and working horses when they are too young.
Hall of Fame farrier Billy Crothers demonstrates how to build a front pattern concave shoe at the Indiana Farriers Association Clinic that took place at Janssen Veterinary Clinic in Sheridan, Ind. The exercise is useful not only to create easy-to-alter shoes for inventory, but to practice and gain confidence with forging skills.
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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.