The horse with a deviated pastern or cannon bone is a crooked legged horse. As part of the initial assessment, always assess if the horse is right or left handed in order to start on the biggest … Continue Reading ››
The question is often asked - When should my horse be reshod?
A simple enough request, and the standard answer is around six weeks, on the average. But the real … Continue Reading ››
‘for the want of a clinch the nail was lost,
for the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
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The recent Equitana Asia Pacific 2003 Expo in Melbourne was certainly an experience for me as an educator. The obvious benefit of this four day trade expo for horse enthusiasts is to observe all manner of people demonstrating everything to do with horses under one roof and to be able to collate and compare … Continue Reading ››
Recently I was asked to assess a group of about 30 large, ridden horses who were all displaying ‘inexplicable’ lameness issues; the thick veterinary record folder presented to me was just about an encyclopedia of ongoing hoof problems and lameness. The common … Continue Reading ››
QUESTION: What is wrong with these photos? And why is this nail pattern wrong?
ANSWER: The nails are in the wrong holes in a nail pattern that is too … Continue Reading ››
Some farriers often find that horses become a bit haunted around the feet when it comes to nailing the shoe on. Invariably it is nothing to do with the horse having a bad attitude to shoeing, in … Continue Reading ››