hoof problems

48-1 SECTION 7 HOOF PROBLEMS 2

MEDIAL LATERAL CHANGES IN THE BOTTOM OF THE HOOF

This is a study of the movement that I have observed which occurs during preparation of the hoof for either ...
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HAPPY EQUINE VALENTINES DAY

Valentines Day is an appropriate time to discuss the eternal love affair between horse owners and their horse or horses, ...
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HOOF CARE FOR THE FOUNDERED HORSE

Founder or Laminitis is one of the most damaging ailments for the horse’s hoof. The causes are varied but the ...
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NAVICULAR DISEASE OR BALANCE RELATED NAVICULAR SYNDROME?

I have lost count of the number of consultations over the last year where each owner has explained in great ...
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REVISITING SEEDY TOE

The cause, the effect and the resolution of Seedy Toe – also known as White Line Disease. THE CAUSE: It ...
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SEEDY TOE CAN BE CURED!

Seedy Toe is NOT a mysterious and unknown ailment. It never fails to amaze me how Seedy Toe can be ...
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QUARTERED HEELS AND HOW TO REPAIR THEM

Quartered heels come in many different variations, and always seem to happen to your best horse. Necessity is the mother ...
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CONTRACTED HEELS

Contracted heels can be the end result of many different factors. They are not typical of any particular breed or ...
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UNDER-RUN HEELS

Under-run heels are identified by their appearance as being extremely low and acutely sloping forward, to the point where they ...
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THE HOOF ABSCESS

Many horse owners and riders are unable to recognise the symptoms that indicate the beginnings of an abscess. If detected ...
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HOOF-RELATED BACK STRAIN

Hoof-related back strain is a syndrome that is affecting both horses and riders in all forms of equine pursuits. It ...
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ATTITUDE PROBLEMS RELATED TO HOOF CARE

In considering attitude, we must consider both man and beast because in so many ways our feelings and reactions are ...
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CORNS – CAUSES AND CORRECTIONS

The discovery that your horse has developed corns, or indeed has corns that will not go away, must be recognised ...
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STRINGHALT

Stringhalt is one problem that I rarely come across. This is a nervous reaction of the hind legs – the ...
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PEDAL OSTEITIS – CAUSE AND EFFECT

Pedal Osteitis is deterioration of the pedal bone (or coffin bone). Interestingly, I have found the condition is most prevalent ...
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SHORT FROGS, LONG FROGS AND BENT FROGS

It is often difficult to see what is ‘normal’ in the bottom of the hoof. There are three main problems ...
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THE NATURAL HOOF SHAPE and ‘RIGHT HANDED DISEASE’.

To quote Dr Doug Butler in his book The Principles of Horseshoeing, ‘The hardest thing a farrier has to deal ...
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BRUISING IN THE HOOF

Bruising in the hoof wall is often unwittingly excused as self-inflicted injury. ‘Oh he must have stepped on a rock ...
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OVER-REACHING AND FORGING: CAUSE AND CORRECTION

Over-reaching is when the toe of the back foot hits the heel bulbs of the front foot. Forging is when ...
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CREEPING TOES

Creeping Toes sounds like it might be a fungal growth or an alien invasion, however it is my terminology for ...
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HOOF CARE FOR THE CLUB FOOTED HORSE

With the club footed horse, the first thing to understand is that the horse has a deformity and as such ...
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CLUB FEET – THE BRUTAL TRUTH

After pussy footing around and skirting sensitive issues with delicate statements, there finally comes a time when the only thing ...
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DOES THE HOOF SUIT THE EVENT?

Far too often the hoof does NOT suit the event and the end result is a very mediocre level of ...
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HOW TO PREVENT PEAK PERFORMANCE

There are six bad habits creeping into hoof preparation and the fitting of shoes. 1. Quarter clipped shoes, rolled toe ...
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FLARES IN THE HORSE’S HOOF – NORMAL OR NATURAL?

There is no such thing as a ‘Normal Flare’ or a ‘Natural Flare’ in any horse’s hoof. Making a statement ...
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FLARES ARE YOUR GREATEST ENEMY

The failure to understand and address this area in hoof maintenance programmes for many decades has led to a multitude ...
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PREDICTABLE HOOF RELATED LAMENESS

There are three main problems in hoof care today Long toes and low heels High heels and short toes The ...
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THE HOOF AFTER THE FLOODS

STAGE 1: Nature really is a fierce adversary. The after effects of horses’ hooves standing in water for long periods ...
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MANAGING DRY HOOVES IN DRY TIMES

Horses’ hooves are a natural barometer in tune with nature, and if we as hoof carers can also tune into ...
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HORSE HEALTH STARTS WITH CORRECT HOOF CARE

Watching the tennis in January illustrated to me how crucial it is for the players to be structurally sound as ...
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