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Treating a Sore Barefoot Horse After Trimming

Horse hooves, similar to human fingernails, need to be trimmed regularly as excessive growth weakens durability and causes them to split, crack, chip or break off. Plus, excessive trimming can be painful and lead to significant complications in everyday activities. To maintain optimal hoof health for barefoot horses, it is important for horse owners to continue regular trimming cycles and to provide proper care for hooves when they’re sore.
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Briefings: April 2016

Laminar Stretching Is An Indication Of Subclinical Laminitis

When observing laminar stretching at the toe, Chapel Hill, N.C., equine veterinarian Dick Mansmann advised attendees at March’s North Carolina State Equine Health Symposium of the need for radiographs to determine the extent of the laminitis — regardless of how sound the horse is.


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Farriers' Roundtable

When tracking a case of long toe and collapsed heels with a broken-back pastern axis, dressing the dorsal hoof wall to improve the hoof-pastern axis can be risky. You can be left with little or no hoof wall.
Generally speaking, I believe when you sacrifice the integrity of the hoof wall to change the mechanics of the foot, you’ve potentially created a new problem without effectively addressing the original issue.
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Nutrient Strategies

Good Nutrition Aids in Preventing Costly Hoof Problems

Are Hoof Problems Caused More Often By Poor Nutrition Or By Improper Hoof Care?
Healthy hooves are certainly an important part of having a healthy horse. And while many factors contribute to overall hoof health, a well-balanced diet and proper hoof care are among the most important.
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A Farrier's Viewpoint

A Plea to Stop Dubbing the Toe

Oklahoma veterinarian-farrier calls practice bad and ugly horseshoeing
Many years ago, when I was a young horseshoer returning from horseshoeing school, I received the very same advice from practically every horseman I talked to. Living in Oklahoma where there were so many very knowledgeable horsemen, I took that advice to heart.
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