A collaborative effort between veterinarians in the United States and Australia explored the use of a T-shaped compression plate normally used for fracture repair to rigidly attach the coffin bone to the hoof wall, with the idea of using this approach to treat severe acute laminitis.
Just as coat condition serves as an indication of health status in horses, hoof changes can provide important clues to a horse’s historical well-being. Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is brought to you by Banixx.
Catherine Whitehouse, nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research, discusses nutritional concerns related to hoof rings and ridges. Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is brought to you by W.F. Young Co. (Absorbine).
Many farriers across North America have told American Farriers Journal that this has been one of the worst years for fungal- and bacterial-related problems in the hoof wall. To help keep the invading microbes at bay, one farrier uses an all-natural solution — beeswax.
Naturally, asymmetries can be found in humans as well as horses. When it comes to horses, the typical forms of structural asymmetry are in bone size, muscular development and hoof dimensions. It has been noted by Sarah Jane Hobbs, et al, in their recently-published study that about 5% of Dutch Warmbloods have uneven dorsal hoof wall angles in the front limbs. The development of this unevenness can often be attributed to horses favoring one side or the other, often termed sidedness.
In mid-September, Todd and Leighette Davidson knew their young horse Tybee had a problem. Identifying it was easy — the Quarter Horse had broken off part of the hoof wall on the lateral side of its front left foot (Figure 1). As best they could tell from the location of the recovered piece of hoof wall (Figure 2), the horse caught its foot on a broken pipe, which created the trauma.
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