Anatomy

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Equine Reciprocating Systems: Examining the Shoulder to Thorax Junction

In the fourth in this series, Dr. Deb Bennett illustrates the relationship between the horse’s forelimb and the body.
A cross-section cut through the horse’s thorax reveals that the equine rib cage is far from being a round barrel. Instead, it is shaped like a peach leaf: pointed at the bottom, with rather flattened sides. Slapped up against the flattened surface formed by the rib cage is the scapula, and the junction so formed is the connection between the horse’s forelimb as a whole and its body.
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Improve Recognition of Hoof Distortion by Drawing One

Graphing exercise can help farriers improve their trim
When it comes to horses’ feet, we know that they are constantly growing forward. With that in mind, we need to have an idea of where we are going when we trim a foot. Everyone can visualize a foot in their head. What are you used to seeing? Is the foot symmetrical? Is it proportional?
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Horse Conformation Determines Best Trimming and Shoeing Approaches

Farriers should abandon one-size fits all solutions to navicular
During my shoeing career I have recognized that the common and consistent shoeing prescription of egg-bar shoes and wedge pads is not beneficial for all horses diagnosed with navicular. In some horses this protocol provides temporary relief, after which the condition can worsen. In other horses, there is no improvement.
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Equine Reciprocating Systems: Connecting Tendon to Bone

The third installment of this series examines bone formation and its relationship to the muscle tendon
The forelimb reciprocating apparatus of the horse is a unique and important biomechanical system that every farrier must understand before good decisions concerning hoof trim and appliances can be made. Detailed study of tissue types is the first step, but we also have to be careful of our choice of terminology.
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How to Make an Open Toe Heart-Bar Shoe

Ohio farrier-veterinarian offers an option to support an acutely lame horse
Farriers have a variety of shoeing options to consider when providing mechanical support to an acutely lame horse. Depending on the horse’s specific circumstances and the farrier’s particular skill set, a hand-forged heart-bar shoe or modified keg shoe may offer a solution. Ohio certified journeyman farrier and equine veterinarian Adam Pendleton has found open toe heart-bar shoes can be a useful application in certain cases.
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Opinion

Mechanical Considerations for Shoeing

Are we hindering performance horses, especially racing Thoroughbreds, by failing to consider the hoof and limb mechanics?
Unfortunately as a community, farriers have been repeatedly force-fed information that is presented as scientific, but in fact bears little or no resemblance to good science or fact. However, there is science known about locomotion and the linear relationship between farrier techniques and altering that locomotion.
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News and Notes

Standing CT Leads to Previously Undetectable Findings in Horses

University of Madison scientists hope new technology can be used to reduce clinical problems in horses through early screening

J. R. Lund, a resident and clinical instructor in diagnostic imaging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine, described how a new standing helical computed tomography (CT) scanner named Equina works when she spoke at the Midwest Equine Podiatry Conference in Arlington, Wis. 


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Equine Reciprocating Systems: Interosseous Muscles to the Suspensory Apparatus

In this second in a series, Dr. Deb Bennet continues a discussion of the horse’s forefoot becoming a single digit.
In the first installment of this series on the anatomy and function of the forelimb reciprocating apparatus in horses (September/October 2019 American Farriers Journal), I discussed the many differences between white vs. yellow ligament tissue. In this installment, we focus on the relationships between muscles, the tendons of muscles, and yellow ligaments.
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Understanding Ligaments and Tendons in Horses

In this first in a series, Dr. Deb Bennett discusses the scope of her anatomy lessons and misconceptions she finds with ligaments and tendons.
The specialized and fascinating anatomy and function of the reciprocating systems, which aid locomotion in horses, is crucially important for farriers. I want to begin by clearing up some confusions about anatomical terminology, as well as make clear my approach to teaching horse anatomy.
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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

Live

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

Live

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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Live

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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Georgia Professional Farriers Association Meeting & Clinic

12/8/18
Sunnyside Veterinary Hospital
United States

Georgia Professional Farriers Association is hosting their annual clinic and business meeting in Jasper. 

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