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Hoof Nutrition Intelligence

My farrier says one of my horses has a case of rainrot. Can you explain what it is and is nutrition involved with this problem?

Laura Petroski is a veterinarian and Catherine Whitehouse is a nutrition advisor with Kentucky Equine Research. Here they explain rainrot and the potential of nutritional imbalance with recurring cases. Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is brought to you by W.F. Young Co. (Absorbine).
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Educating Your Clients On Supplements

Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and even algae can support healthy feet and joints
Proper equine nutrition is pivotal in support of healthy feet and joints. However, it’s not always attainable without some help. There are a number of supplements on the market today that help horse owners provide an adequate and balanced diet with the goal of improving hoof strength and growth, as well as protecting joints from wear-and-tear problems.
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Research Journal: April 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.
IV Tildren for Navicular Syndrome The efficacy of administering the injectable bisphosphonate medication for horses (Tildren) in two different ways was evaluated for the treatment of navicular syndrome. Twelve horses diagnosed with bilateral navicular syndrome were randomly assigned to receive Tildren either systemically by intravenous injection or by using regional limb perfusion, where the drug is “back-flushed” directly into the blood vessels of the lower limb so that it is delivered to the lower limb and hoof in a more direct, concentrated manner.
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Turn the calendar back to 1957 and the typical Thoroughbred averaged 40 lifetime racing starts. Yet the average number of Thoroughbred racing starts has dropped to fewer than 14 today, says Bobby Trussell, co-owner of Walmac Farm near Lexington, Ky. Sharing his thoughts recently with readers of The Blood-Horse, Trussell doesn’t buy the conventional wisdom that the number of reduced racing starts is due to the breed becoming more fragile, a change in track surfaces or growing concerns about soundness issues.


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Dealing With Thrush And White Line Disease

Combining topical treatments with good hoof care will help you keep these common problems under control
Among the most common problems farriers deal with are thrush and white line disease. Thrush, affecting the sulci of the frog and sometime deeper tissues, is generally caused by bacteria. The most common culprit is fusobacterium necrophorum, which causes a variety of diseases, including navel ill/joint ill in foals, diphtheria in calves and foot rot in cattle.
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