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Farriery for the Young Horse

Proper hoof care in the first weeks of a foal’s life is essential
Among the many factors that dictate the success of the foal as a sales yearling or a mature athlete are decisions and management concerning feet and limbs during the first few months of life.
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Managing Quarter Cracks

There’s more to dealing with these defects than just patching them — you need to identify and correct the cause as well

Quarter cracks are a common type of hoof capsule defect. Quarter cracks often cause foot lameness and/or decreased athletic performance in race and sport horses. They typically originate at the coronary band in the quarter of the hoof and progress distally


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Shoe Support Is Critical With Half-Limb Casts

An elevated support shoe can protect essential hoof angles when dealing with fractures and other serious injuries
Ryan Carpenter and a team of fellow veterinarians at Colorado State University have found that properly applying a half-limb cast to a standing horse is an effective tool to treat numerous orthopedic and soft tissue injuries.
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Managing Hoof Abscesses

Options for dealing with this frequent and frustrating cause of equine lameness
Hoof abscesses are probably the most common cause of acute lameness in horses encountered by veterinarians and farriers.
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An Effective Adaptation

Shoeing system designed to treat laminitis proves effective in case of a horse with a malformed navicular bone

Sometimes the principles and techniques that are used to treat one hoof-care problem can be effective with others. In this case, the Steward Clog system that was developed for the treatment of laminitic horses helped return a horse with a malformed navicular bone to soundness.


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