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Hoof Moisture Content Plays a Major Role in Foot Quality

Shorter trimming intervals, moisture barriers and proper supplementation can aid farriers in regulating hoof moisture
Veteran farrier and founder of the Crawford, Neb., Butler Professional Farrier School, Dr. Doug Butler is credited with saying, “Hoof quality may relate more to the hoof’s ability to regulate moisture content than anything else.” Although Lafayette, Ind., farrier Danvers Child jokes that he and Butler, both members of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame, sometimes have disagreements, they see eye-to-eye on this point; the key topic of client discussion should center around regulating the moisture content in hooves.
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[Video] Thrushy Feet In Arizona

Rio Rico, Ariz., farrier Chad Lunderville discusses the misconceptions some people have about thrush in the American Southwest, and how he deals with tough cases.
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A Blow Dryer For The Hoof

Hoof Doc system useful for quick drying of hooves as well as long-term maintenance of moisture content

When Don Tritz, a farrier from Genoa City, Wis., got tired of dealing with wet hooves a few years ago, he started looking around the barns he was shoeing at to see if there was anything that might help him out.


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Briefings

Since researchers maintain that toe grabs pose a significant factor in racehorse injuries, racing commissioners will likely be asked to pass rules banning these kinds of shoe modifications.
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Super Soaker

Tips, tactics and techniques for dealing with waterlogged hooves, no matter the environment
When people think about environmental factors that play a role in degrading the integrity of the hoof, most think about the things like rocky terrain, sandy oil and icy, slippery conditions.
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