Items Tagged with 'Andy Parks'


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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American Farrier's Association Convention Highlights

The 38th annual gathering of the AFA brought together farriers from around the globe
Chattanooga, Tenn., is usually associated with American railway history. However, in late February 2009, the city was all about horses when it hosted hundreds of shoers attending the 38th Annual Convention of the American Farrier’s Association.
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Steve Kraus says a horse’s conformation problems can have a serious impact on footcare problems. The veteran farrier from Trumansburg, N.Y., told attendees at the recent American Farrier’s Association convention that breeding for color, show ring quality, performance ability and factors other than feet and legs have led to many of today’s conformation concerns.

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Razor-Sharp Advice

Adopting a new perspective on sharpening your hoof knife can extend its life and keep money in your pocket
As a farrier, there aren't many tools you use more frequently than your hoof knife.
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Getting A Better Fit

Farriers share their tips and insight on how they shape and modify keg shoes for their work
Thanks to mass production, keg shoes have made life easier for farriers. You can find a manufactured shoe in nearly every necessary size and model.
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International Hoof-Care Summit Delivers On Its Promise Of Ideas

Presenters and attendees from around the globe gather to share their thoughts on doing right by the horse in ways old and new

The 2008 International Hoof-Care Summit again lived up to its name. The event’s emphasis on high-quality education drew nearly 800 dedicated hoof-care professionals. They came from almost every state in the U.S. and 15 foreign countries, including such faraway spots as Japan, South Africa, Australia, China and numerous European nations.

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The Summit's 'Hey' Moments

Hall Of Fame farrier lists some of the ideas he picked up at the year’s event

The old cliché about the basic qualifications for a farrier being a strong back and a weak mind certainly took a beating from the presenters at the fifth annual International Hoof-Care Summit. A high degree of expertise and sophisticated thinking was evident and in abundance.

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Tackling Laminitis

While much has been learned about laminitis over the past 25 years, it's still critical to evaluate each horse
While much has been learned about laminitis over the past 25 years, it's still critical to evaluate each horse.
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Frankly Speaking

Laminitis Knowledge Grows, But Still A Long Way To Go

While much has been learned about laminitis over the past 25 years, Andy Parks maintains the picture is still incomplete. He told attendees at last winter’s American Association of Equine Practitioners meeting that treatment techniques lag well behind the understanding of the pathophysiology of this disease.

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