Treating Traumatic Hoof Injuries

A horse's four hooves travel through mud - Treating traumatic hoof injuries

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

Coping with Club Foot

Horseshoe for a club foot - Coping with club foot

The classic club foot is easy to spot – upright hooves, long heels, pronounced coronary band, dished hoof wall, contracted appearance. It’s not pretty, and it’s definitely less functional than a normal hoof, but with proper management techniques, club foot doesn’t have to spell the end of a horse’s athletic life. Definitions Club foot is … Read moreCoping with Club Foot

The News on Navicular

Two brown warmblood horses running - The news on navicular

Like laminitis, navicular is one of the most common and dreaded hoof conditions out there. Also like laminitis, its causes are still not fully understood, its presentation can be very different horse to horse, and its treatments are wide-ranging. Just as there’s no single cause, there’s no single way to manage it, either. But armed … Read moreThe News on Navicular

The Latest on Laminitis

Front feet of horse with laminitis - The latest on laminitis

Laminitis is still one of the most common but least understood conditions affecting horses today. It can be mild or devastating, a one-time event or a chronic nightmare, a manageable concern or a career-ending (or life-ending) tragedy. Any horse or pony can suffer from laminitis and any feet can be affected. For owners and farriers, … Read moreThe Latest on Laminitis

Winter is Coming: Get Your Horse’s Hooves Through It

Group of horses running in winter snow - Winter is coming

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

Home Remedies for Hooves

Glass jar of olive oil - Home remedies for hooves

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

It’s a New Year: Put the Right Foot Forward

Foot of Boulonnais horse - It's a new year

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

The Scoop on Supplements: Feeding Your Way to Better Feet?

Powdered supplement for horses - The scoop on supplements

This is one of the big debates in modern horsemanship. Is there a way that you can turn a horse’s crappy, crumbly, gap-ridden hooves into model feet with impregnable hoof walls? A trip to the local feed store shows you that there are what, eight million different types of supplements out there, all claiming that … Read moreThe Scoop on Supplements: Feeding Your Way to Better Feet?

Advances in Veterinary Medicine

Osteopathy session with a horse - Advances in veterinary medicine

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

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