Items Tagged with 'long toes'


How The Hoof Reveals Stress

While horses’ hooves undergo a lot of stress, appropriate farriery and a return to the functional foot model can help deal with signs of stress
Most people have experienced sore, aching feet at one point or another in their lives. After all, a 200-pound person exerts approximately 20 pounds per square inch (psi) of pressure on the ground.
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Toe Mechanics

Taking away the toes hurts the horse more than it helps
In recent years, there has been an abundance of published information on the length of toe affecting normal function of the horse’s limb.
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More Study Necessary For Hoof Supplements, Vet Says

“Although some studies support biotin supplementation, research on other ingredients commonly included in hoof supplements is needed,” warns Bryan Waldridge, head veterinarian for Kentucky Equine Research. “It is important that owners realize that dietary supplements are not a quick fix, and imbalances in the mineral content of a horse’s diet can wreck havoc on hooves.”
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About Backing Up That Toe

When you hear that phrase, are you and the speaker actually thinking about the same thing?
There may be no single phrase heard more in farrier circles than “backing up the toe.” It comes up in discussions of balance, long toes and low heels, navicular syndrome, caudal heel pain, breakover and numerous other hoof-care topics.
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Trimming and the Hoof-Pastern Axis

Case study supports theory that trim is more important than shoe choice in correcting broken-back bony column alignment and easing caudal heel problems.
This case study presents base information to assist farriers working with long toe, low or underrun heel (LTLH), low palmar angle (PA) and broken-back hoof pastern axis (HPA), resulting in clinical presentation described as caudal heel pain and navicular syndrome.
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Tips From the Racetrack

Veteran Thoroughbred farrier shares challenges and solutions
Steve Norman, a farrier from Georgetown, Ky., describes some of the problems he sees as a racetrack shoer, as well as how he deals with them.
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