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Information and approaches farriers take while dealing with a number of diseases of the equine foot.

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Mechanism Triggering Rapid Cancer Growth After Treatment Also Seen in Chronic Hoof Disease

In a recent study, biologists using computer modeling may have discovered the mechanism that allows some cancer cells to grow back rapidly after chemotherapy. This information has hoof researchers paying attention.
Sometimes, after cancer cells have died and been cleared away, a tumor will respond by growing faster and more aggressively. Scientists are not sure why this occurs, but recent computer modeling may have given researchers the answer. Although cancer cells are not foreign invaders as are bacteria and fungi, there are similarities in the way they spread so rapidly in open space after some treatments.
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Preventing and Managing the Most Common Form of Laminitis

Strategies are improving to keep horses more comfortable and limit the progression of the deadly disease
Less than 2 decades ago, it was thought that all laminitis cases were the same regardless of the cause. Research since has proven that there are key differences in the mechanisms that lead to laminitis in different situations and that there are basically three major forms…
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Briefings: March 2019

The University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has successfully used positron emission tomography (PET) on a standing horse. The equine PET software has been pioneered at UC Davis, beginning in 2015. However, the horses being previously imaged had to be put under anesthetic in order to capture the image. Now, horses can remain standing with only slight sedation.
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Press Release

ESP Organization to Host First Seminar, Welcoming New Members

With the new launch of Equine Soundness Professionals (ESP) comes its first educational and professional development seminar geared toward farriers and veterinarians. The one-day informational event will take place Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Wanderers Country Club in Wellington, Fla. A small trade fair area will be included as well.
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News & Notes

Study Reveals Laminitis Occurs as Frequently as Colic

New research conducted by the Animal Health Trust in collaboration with Rossdales Equine Hospital reveals that 1 in 10 horses or ponies might develop at least one laminitic episode each year. This occurrence makes laminitis just as common as colic. And just as colic can happen during any season, the study has identified that there is no “safe” period from laminitis, as reported by Phys.org.
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News & Notes

Obese Horses Are the New Normal, U.K. Vets Say

In the United Kingdom, half of the horses are overweight, according to The Telegraph. Leading equine vets have warned that owners have forgotten how to keep their horses healthy, resulting in the gravest threat to horses — obesity, a condition which can lead to other dangerous medical issues, such as laminitis. Hundreds of horses are being euthanized because of laminitis each year, according to experts from the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).
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Research Journal: January/February 2019

The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Retrospective case-control and cross-sectional studies were conducted in Italy to describe the clinical findings and outcomes of horses with interference injuries to the palmar aspect of the distal front limbs, and to identify factors associated with the injuries.
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Shoeing For A Living

Don’t Limit Your Hoof-Care Options

Hall Of Fame farrier Danvers Child wants as many tools at his disposal as possible to benefit the horse.
There never can be too many tools in a farrier’s shoeing box. After all, the immeasurable quantity of variables involved in equine hoof care is staggering. Why limit yourself?
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Briefings: January/February 2019

When to Use Hoof Conditioners

Although it’s been recognized for years that using various substances to coat the outside of the hoof can have beneficial effects, knowing when to use those substances and even what type to use can be difficult, says Ray Tricca, owner of SBS Equine Products in Naples, Fla.


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EVENTS

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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

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