Stay up to date on the latest instruction and information about the anatomy of equine distal limb.



How Straightness Affects the Equine Hoof

Crooked horses can lead to a multitude of hoof, movement and lameness problems
Articulation is one of those words that reverberates with multiple meanings. In this first installment of a series concerning straightness and its effects on the hoof, I intend to supply not only language by which you can articulate the relevant concepts but also to convey a multifaceted concept of all that “straightness” encompasses.
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What is the Horse’s Thoracic Sling?

Core stability and training strategies to prevent orthopedic injuries
Several studies state that lameness is the most prevalent health problem in horses and the main reason for retirement from their leisure use or competitive life (Clegg 2011; Ely et al. 2009; Dyson 2001). In this context, most pathologies appear in the structures of the equine distal limb at the forelimbs.
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Hoof-Care Management Needs to Change

Heightened toll of lamenesses point to inadequate stewardship of horses, Washington farrier says
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a report in April 2000 on the frequency and effect of equine lameness. The data for the report was collated over a 2-year (1997-1999) period, monitored and in collaboration with more than 28 states.
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Is Longeing Good: A Farrier's Perspective

Going in a circle may not be the best training or exercise procedure for an animal, especially one weighing a thousand pounds or greater
In my career, the way horses have been worked has changed significantly. One trainer I worked for would only work a horse in a circle if it had a bitting rig on (to keep them more straight), or lines and only at a walk or very slow trot.
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How Grip and Purchase Benefits the Horse

Understanding grip and purchase will improve your understanding of farrier physics

Of the different techniques farriers bring to trimming and shoeing horses, probably one of the least talked about, yet vital resource, would be the concept of grip and purchase, according to Dr. Simon Curtis, a Newmarket, England-based farrier and International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member.

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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.


Stephen O' Grady

Utilizing Radiographs to Treat Chronic Laminitis -- MP3 Download


Radiographs can help spot structural changes within a laminitic foot and serve as an essential guide when trimming and shoeing a horse with chronic laminitis, says Stephen O'Grady. O'Grady cites different chronic laminitis cases to illustrate radiographic interpretation, application to the foot and reveal eventual outcomes. (Total Run Time: 1 hour, 4 minutes; File size: 58 Megabytes)

Hoof-Care Anatomy Made Simple Package

Hoof-Care Anatomy Made Simple Set

These four great resources provide you with a solid anatomical foundation critical for effective equine footcare. This package delivers a deeper understanding of how your trim and shoes will affect the inner structure of the hoof including the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. View
Functional Anatomy

DVD: Functional Anatomy of the Distal Limb


Mitch Taylor, owner and operator of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School will walk you step-by-step through the all-important anatomy of the distal limb in this on-stage dissection from the 2011 International Hoof-Care Summit. Taylor delivers an understanding of the distal limb that will help you effectively develop strategies to avoid negative effects of trimming/shoeing.

Functional Anatomy of the Upper hind Limb

DVD: Functional Anatomy of the Upper Hind Limb


Mitch Taylor reviews the structure of the upper hind limb during this on-stage leg dissection, concentrating on the functional anatomy and biomechanics and what it means in your daily footcare work.




Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic

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


Hoof Dissection and Lecture

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


Advanced Hoof Course

1/22/18 9:00 am EST
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


Demo and Wet Lab at KESMARC

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

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


Veterinarian-Farrier Roundtable

3/21/18 6:00 pm EST
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


Equine Podiatry Conference

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


Farriers' Day

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 8:30 am CDT
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


Georgia Professional Farriers Association Meeting & Clinic

Sunnyside Veterinary Hospital
United States

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

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