Diseases

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

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Battle Winter Moisture Woes with Nutrition

Improve hoof quality with supplements and shorter shoeing cycles
As summer gives way to fall, the diets of your clients’ horses change with the seasons. Hoof quality often transitions with it. Once winter arrives in cold climates, protecting the foot becomes increasingly challenging. Horses are often turned out in snow and mud where their hooves absorb moisture. Those with poor hoof quality become a playground for opportunistic bacteria. Improving the nutrition of a horse with compromised horn can play a part in preventing problems heading into the winter months.
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Maximize Hoof Care by Thoroughly Evaluating the Whole Horse

Assess how balance, posture and muscular development effect the hoof capsule
Using a “big picture” approach of assessing the whole horse — from topline to toes — can identify factors in the animal’s body that might affect hoof shape and condition. Paying attention to how a horse uses its body can provide a farrier with practical insights into the best way to trim or shoe the animal to maximize its performance potential, says Mike Stine, a Marshville, N.C., farrier and own­er of Equine Dy­namics.
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News & Notes

Merck Animal Health Introduces Armatrex

Product is a spray-on antimicrobial biosecurity solution for animal health operations
Merck Animal Health announces the launch of Armatrex — an EPA registered bacteriostatic spray-on antimicrobial solution for use on structures and physical components in a variety of livestock production, equine and companion animal biosecurity situations.
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Research Journal: April 2020

The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Researchers in Great Britain used a web-based questionnaire in a prospective study designed to investigate factors associated with the occurrence of laminitis. Over a 2-year period, almost 7,000 questionnaires were obtained from owners reporting on 123 episodes of laminitis in about 1,100 horses and ponies. Most (93) of the animals only had one incident of laminitis while 19 animals has multiple episodes.
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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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Clinic day for farriers and veterinarians

2/15/20
University of Montreal
3200 rue Sicotte Saint-Hyacinthe
Canada
The faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Montreal will host a clinic day for farriers at veterinaries. The clinician is Dr. Steve O'Grady. Read More

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Dr. Redden's Equine Podiatry Courses

7/26/21
Dr. Ric Redden Clinic
8235 McCowans Ferry Rd.
Versailles, KY
United States
Dr. Ric Redden's 5-Day Equine Podiatry Courses will be July 26-30, 2021, at his clinic, 8235 McCowans Ferry Rd., Versailles, Ky. Read More

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Dr. Redden's Equine Podiatry Courses

9/6/21
Dr. Ric Redden Clinic
8235 McCowans Ferry Rd.
Versailles, KY
United States
Dr. Ric Redden's 5-Day Equine Podiatry Courses will be Sept. 6-10, 2021, at his clinic, 8235 McCowans Ferry Rd., Versailles, Ky. Read More

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