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Defining The Hoof Quarters

The prevalence of caudal foot problems leads Hall Of Fame farrier to spell out the critical, yet elusive, description
The front half of a horse’s hoof has been the center of trimming and shoeing discussions for quite some time. Specifically, finding the ideal breakover point has been the focus of countless conversations and endless training. Lafayette, Ind., farrier Danvers Child points out that the vast majority of hoof issues occur in the back half of the foot, not the front.
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Considerations For Successful Management Of Underrun Heels

Two veterinarians and a farrier survey considerations for addressing this foot condition
The principle that a veterinarian-farrier team is required to help horses maintain soundness, maximize performance and overcome lamenesses is undeniable. It is a balance of knowledge, skill and an understanding of the other member’s responsibilities, as well as your own. At the early December American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention, the coordination of these efforts was showcased in a podiatry workshop that called on veterinarians and farriers to discuss the management of a variety of equine foot conditions that hoof-care professionals commonly face. Among these subjects were presentations on the veterinary and farriery roles in addressing underrun heels.
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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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Thorough Lameness Exam Starts Before you Pick up a Hoof

Equine veterinarian urges Summit attendees to use more than their eyes when evaluating horses
Harry Werner, an equine veterinarian from North Granby, Mass., and past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, believes that a thorough equine foot examination in lameness cases should begin long before you pick up the horse's foot.
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Apply Two Basic Principles to the Long-Toe, Low-Heel Hoof

Trim away the bent horn tubules to get down to the straight ones, and deal with each foot on its own merits, says a noted farrier and teacher

You look at the foot and there it is: a weak heel that you suspect might lend itself to the development of a foot with long-toe, low-heel syndrome. The bad heel might have been caused by trimming the heel too low or by a naturally weak heel prone to collapse. Or it could be caused by excessive wear at the heel that, studies have shown, can be brought about by a shoe, especially one that’s too small, that exposes only the heel to wear.


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Help For That Last Furlong

Standardbred shoer says small improvements can pay off big at the track
Steve Stanley, who shoes Standardbred racehorses at the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., likes to say that "little changes go a long way" at the racetrack.
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