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Study Links Asymmetrical Force Vectors With Uneven Hooves

Naturally, asymmetries can be found in humans as well as horses. When it comes to horses, the typical forms of structural asymmetry are in bone size, muscular development and hoof dimensions. It has been noted by Sarah Jane Hobbs, et al, in their recently-published study that about 5% of Dutch Warmbloods have uneven dorsal hoof wall angles in the front limbs. The development of this unevenness can often be attributed to horses favoring one side or the other, often termed sidedness.
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Don’t Panic When Encountering Milky Frog Fluid

Plugged ducts can result in white discharge during trimming
The frog is the softest part of the hoof, even though it is made up of the same fibrous material as the rest of the external foot. It’s softer and more pliable because it contains oil glands and more moisture than the hoof horn and sole. In moist conditions, the frog might be nearly 50% water, by weight.
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Trimming, Shoeing Backyard Horses Critical To Farrier Success

While trimming and shoeing backyard horses is a great way to get started in the business, this part of the footcare market still represents a large portion of income for many veteran farriers
Working with backyard horses represents the “bread and butter” of many farrier businesses. In fact, data from the 2016 American Farriers Journal “Farrier Business Practices Survey” indicates 92% of all farriers work with a number of backyard horse owners.
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What Causes Supporting Limb Laminitis?

Improving circulation in loaded foot is the key to avoiding disease
Barbaro was expected to break the Triple Crown drought in 2006 by becoming the first colt to claim the illustrious title in nearly 3 decades. He handily won the Kentucky Derby and was the favorite to win the Preakness Stakes.
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Club Foot Or Upright Foot? It’s All About The Angles

Proper diagnosis is important to determine a maintenance plan
It’s not uncommon to observe minor asymmetries in any horse’s feet. But when there is a significant difference between a pair of hooves, typically the front, the unevenness may be attributable to club foot. Club feet are estimated to be present in 5% to 20% of the equine population.
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The Key To Soundness Is In The Heels

Providing appropriate caudal support helps keep racehorses on the track
Keeping any horse sound can be a tall order. Keeping a Thoroughbred racehorse sound is nearly impossible. That doesn’t stop Wes Champagne from trying, though. “No horseshoer can keep a horse perfectly sound,” says the Arcadia, Calif., farrier. “They all get injured eventually, but farriers can try to prolong their longevity.”
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2016 International Hoof-Care Summit

Take a sneak peek into a sampling of what 2016 International Hoof-Care Summit attendees experienced at our 13th annual event.

EVENTS

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Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic

11/4/17
Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic
7319 Tittabawassee Road
Saginaw, MI
United States
Contact: Carissa Kars
Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic is hosting a clinic in Saginaw. Read More

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Hoof Dissection and Lecture

1/12/18
Cleveland Equine Clinic
3340 Webb Road
Ravenna, OH
United States
Contact: Roger Howard
The Mideastern Farriers Association is hosting a hoof dissection and lecture in Ravenna. Read More

Live

Advanced Hoof Course

1/22/18
Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center
32100 N Cave Creek Rd
Cave Creek, AZ
United States
Duplo Composite Horseshoes and Keystone Performance Horses are sponsoring a clinic in Cave Creek. Read More

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Demo and Wet Lab at KESMARC

1/30/18
KESMARC Equine Center
258 Shannon Rd
Versailles, KY
United States
Contact: Monique Craig
EponaMind is hosting a demo and wet lab at KESMARC Equine Center in Versailles. Read More

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Georgia Equine Veterinary Hospital Clinic

3/10/18
Georgia Equine Veterinary Hospital
4813 Arbor Hill Rd.
Canton, GA
United States
Contact: GVH
Georgia Equine Veterinary Hospital is hosting a clinic in Canton. Read More

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Veterinarian-Farrier Roundtable

3/21/18
University of Illinois Large Animal Hospital, Ward 4
1102 W. Hazelwood Dr.
Urbana, IL
United States
The University of Illinois is hosting a veterinarian-farrier roundtable in Urbana. Read More

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Equine Podiatry Conference

4/21/18
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
2407 River Drive
Knoxville, TN
United States
Contact: Jeremy Davis
Farrier Product Distribution is sponsoring an Equine Podiatry Conference in Knoxville. Read More

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Delmarva Farrier Association Clinic

5/12/18
Abner Hershberger's
947 Apple Grove School Rd.
Camden-Wyoming, DE
United States
Contact: David Crockett and Matt Taimuty
Delmarva Farrier Association is hosting a clinic in Camden Wyoming, Del. Read More

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Farriers' Day

5/16/18
Peninsula Equine Veterinary
Menlo Park, CA
United States
Contact: Jan

Grand Circuit Products is sponsoring a farriers’ day in Menlo Park.

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Woodside Equine Clinic Podiatry Meeting

10/10/18
Woodside Equine Clinic
13011 Blanton Rd
Ashville, VA
United States
Contact: Woodside Equine Clinic
The Woodside Equine Clinic is hosting a podiatry meeting featuring R. Scott Pleasant and Travis Burns in Ashland, Va. Read More

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