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Rare Air
ANSWER: The Revere Rubber Co., which had operations in Boston, Mass., New York, N.Y., and Chicago, Ill., manufactured the Air Cushion Racing Pad for trotters, pacers, roadsters and light-driving horses.
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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: September/October 2016

The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
A postmortem study examined the records of 241 horses at least 15 years old that died following admission to a veterinary teaching hospital over a 10-year period to investigate their causes of death, including the relationship to pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID).
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Research Journal: May/June 2016

The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Joint Injections Compared Joint injections using corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid (HA) or a combination of the two are commonly used to treat synovitis and arthritis in performance horses. In this study, researchers compared the efficacy of one type of corticosteroid (triamcinolone acetate, TA) with and without HA for the treatment of lameness, localized to one limb only that responded to a diagnostic joint block. Eighty horses of various breeds were enrolled in the study with follow-up at 3 weeks by re-examining the horses and 3 months by an owner questionnaire. No other medications were permitted during the first 3 weeks of follow-up.
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