Balanced Hoof, Balanced Horse

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Lateral or medial imbalances are fairly common and a symptom of uneven hoof loading.  To treat them properly, it's important to understand the cause. The load is dependent on a horse's conformation and muscle...

What to Know About Trimming the Toe…

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Generally, trimming the toe properly is relatively simple. On a reasonably healthy foot, bring the wall about an 1/8" above sole plane, and bevel back to the waterline. Your bevel will be stronger on...

What In The World Is The F Balance?

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What is the difference between the length and the height of a hoof's heel? The photo below illustrates it.The yellow arrow shows the height, the red arrow shows the length of the heel. So, why...

The Challenges of Spring Grass: Laminitis and Founder

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By Dawn WilloughbyIn most cases, owners can prevent the ravages of laminitis (inflammation of the laminae between hoof wall and coffin bone) and founder (pulling away of wall from coffin bone due to a...

What’s the Right Heel Height?

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Wouldn't it make life so much easier if we had a hard-and-fast, always-and-never guide for trimming our horses' hooves? Unfortunately the hoof can't be simplified like that. The hoof is an amazing feat of...

Hoof Care Starts In The Gut

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They can be seen everywhere, the most unbalanced hooves, long toes, underrun heels, high heels, flares, you name it. It is truly amazing that horses with neglected hooves can sometimes bring superior performances to...

Oh. My. God. Becky. Look at Her Bulbs!

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Let’s take a peek at another facet of impaired function, the indicator of which, I affectionately call “Bulb Butt”.“Oh my God, Becky. Look her bulbs!” or “Do these shoes make my bulbs look big?”In...

The Truth About Equine Abscesses- Part Two

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Submitted by Patricia Morgan Wagner, Hoof Rehabilitation SpecialistThere is no actual treatment for an abscess once the white line has been invaded. The condition has to run its course. Epsom salt or vinegar soaks...

Managing the Club Hoof

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Many articles have been written about club 'footed' horses. Actually, horse do not have 'feet', dogs and humans do, but horses have hooves. Therefore the term 'barefoot', as much as it is in common...

Booting Thrush

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Are you fighting it? Have you found a good way to deal with it? I few years back, I found my favorite thrush remedy in the form of a little vial of Tea Tree...