Welcome to our new monthly feature, “Ask a Farrier,” a Q and A with farrier Karen McMann. Karen has been a full-time farrier for 17 years. She graduated in 2002 from the Canadian School of Horseshoeing, where she studied under Pat Cullen. She serves on the Advisory Board as a Farrier/Hoof Health Support specialist for … Read moreAsk a Farrier: Is Hoof Ointment Necessary?
Updated: Oct. 2, 2019 The past few blogs have looked at hoof conditions like navicular, laminitis and club foot; hoof problems thought to be the result of genetic and/or management issues. This month we’re going to turn our attention to the damages horses can do to their own feet, or each others’. Even when riding … Read moreTreating Traumatic Hoof Injuries
Old age sounds terrible. Physically. Mentally, it sounds amazing because you can say whatever’s on your mind and not care what anybody thinks about it. Being around older horses suggests that our equine partners experience the exact same thing as they age. They care way less about what people think, but they do need some … Read moreFarrier Work with the Older Horse
Now that it’s springtime, we can all stop complaining about the cold and start complaining about the mud. It’s a wonderful time of year when we shift gears to deal with a whole new set of problems brought on by a warmer, wetter season. Horse hooves need to have a certain amount of moisture in … Read moreGet Ready for Wet Weather
You winterize your house, your truck, yourself. Your horse pretty much takes care of winterizing himself, either by growing 4 inches of thick hair that makes it impossible to ride even a small trot without him sweating through it all and needing a four hour long cool down, or by not growing a coat at … Read moreWinter is Coming: Get Your Horse’s Hooves Through It
If we’re totally honest, we can all admit that there are some horses out there that just, for one reason or another, can’t be conventionally shod. Either its foot crumbles at the sight of a nail, its brain crumbles at the sight of a forge and anvil, it never grows enough foot to nail anything … Read moreShould You and Your Horse Boot Up?
Updated: Sept. 15, 2019 There are good reasons why home remedies have persisted over time: you always know what’s in them and they don’t cost a fortune. These are both pluses when we’re trying to take good care of our equines. But do they work? Because to be clear, home remedies often take a little … Read moreHome Remedies for Hooves
Human beings are terrible at New Year’s resolutions. There’s probably something genetically hardwired into our brains to make us stop caring about the things we know we should be doing for ourselves. Or at least, science is the excuse I’m using this year. We do tend to take better care of our horses, however, and … Read moreIt’s a New Year: Put the Right Foot Forward
Veterinary medicine keeps coming up with the coolest stuff. This is great because as farriers and horse owners, we get to sometimes participate in cutting edge science. Vets have also been developing mind-bending solutions to horse-related problems that were once thought to be career, if not life, ending. Here’s just a glimpse of the advances veterinary science has … Read moreAdvances in Veterinary Medicine
For as big and strong as our horses are, their base of support—their feet—are amazingly fragile. Good horse care basics go a long way towards making sure your horse’s feet are healthy: feeding a balanced diet, keeping hooves clean, maintaining good footing in rings and pastures and regular trims are all solid preventative measures that … Read moreA Quick Guide to Common Hoof Problems and Solutions