Therapeutic Shoeing

Explore the valuable strategies to help farriers maneuver through the various problems that afflict the hoof capsule and lower limb.

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Trimming and Shoeing Strategies for High-Low Feet

Hall of Fame farrier details how he improves performance in horses with mismatched feet
The prevalence of asymmetrical, mismatched or high-low feet has changed dramatically over the past half-century. What once was rare is now an almost daily occurrence that farriers must maintain to keep horses performing as well as possible.
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Farrier Q&A

What horses do you typically provide hoof-care for and what percentage has high-low hooves? How do you manage high-low on these horses?

I provide hoof care to Thoroughbreds, hacks, show jumper, dressage and 3-day eventer horses. About 12% had high-low hooves — here in Australia we call it “grass hoof.” It’s caused by the horse continually only putting one foot forward to feed.
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Retracted Soles an Unfortunate Side Effect of Wet Weather

One of the wettest years in history is prompting more retracted sole cases
As much of the country experiences one of the wettest years on record, it's taking a toll on horses' feet. In fact, Dr. Scott Morrison, the head of the podiatry department at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., told Paulick Report that he has seen more cases of retracted soles this year than any year previous.
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Shoeing Horses in Middle East Presents New Challenges

Farrier educator Mitch Taylor spent 18 months in Qatar helping to improve footcare while furthering his knowledge and ability
I believe that everything happens as part of a grand plan and as fate would have it, I accepted a job as the head of podiatry within the newly opened Equine Veterinary Medical Center (EVMC) in Doha, Qatar.
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Strategies to Manage Thin-Soled Horses

Thin soles can occur for a number of reasons, but a good management plan can help these horses remain active and comfortable
Thin-soled horses can be a challenge. Thin soles chronically plague some horses, likely an inherited trait, while others can experience an acute case as the result of the environment, a recent trimming or as a side effect of another foot pathology, such as laminitis.
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Sport Horse Presents Tough, Unresolved Case

Presented with a horse not responding to hoof-care, farrier Stuart Muir tries different footcare strategies to achieve soundness
As farriers, when we are managing therapeutic cases, we like to see our work benefit the horse so that it can return to the same capacity that it was previously working in. Of course, that isn’t always the case and despite our best efforts, many horses won’t return to their previous levels of performance — or at all.
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3 Methods for Patching Hoof Wall

New York farrier details his successful strategies for repairing voids
The hoof capsule is a remarkable structure. It’s designed to absorb and dissipate energy, among many other tasks. When there’s a void or the hoof capsule is not working properly, its ability to function correctly is compromised.
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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

32nd Annual Heumphreus Lecture

2/3/18
University of California, Davis
United States
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is hosting the 32nd annual Heumphreus Lecture. 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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