Blog Profile / Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog

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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Barbaro Effect: Changing the Face of Laminitis Education

Barbaro died on January 29, 2007. Where were you eight years ago? More importantly, where was your awareness and knowledge of the disease of laminitis? And where are you--and your laminitis awareness and knowledge--now? Laminitis was once a dreaded word that was spoken in a whisper. Show More Summary

Introduction to Winter Traction: Finding the Roots of Today's Safety and Fun Under Foot in Snow and Ice

Like a scene from Black Beauty, a horse goes down in the shafts of a delivery wagon on a Boston street, sometime between 1917 and 1934. From the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection. A blizzard hit the Northeast Corridor of the United States today. Show More Summary

Watch Now: "Lost Dog" Budweiser Clydesdales Super Bowl Commercial Released; Puppy Ads Under Scrutiny

I don't know about you, but I'm still snowbound. Cable service returned just in time for me to catch the new Budweiser Clydesdales Super Bowl commercial (a.k.a. "Lost Dog") on The Today Show this morning. And here it is, along with a behind-the-scenes reel, thanks to Budweiser, to share with you. I wonder what people will think of this one. Show More Summary

Prix d'Amerique 2015: 15 of 18 Horses Will Race "Barefoot" by Pulling Shoes Before Race

72 hooves. 12 shoes.(Maybe). That's the ratio for Sunday's Prix d'Amerique trotting race in Vincennes, France. The purse is worth $1.15 Million (US). You'd take your shoes off, too, for that kind of prize money. This is not just another horse race. Show More Summary

Teaser: Budweiser Clydesdales Super Bowl Commercial, or at least a few seconds of it

Fans of the Budweiser Clydesdale Super Bowl commercials could celebrate a small step forward this afternoon as the St. Louis brewery released probably about nine seconds of the upcoming one-minute commercial for next weekend's actual...Show More Summary

Barefoot Research: What Are the Consequences of Shoe Removal for Trotting Racehorses?

How are the health, comfort and wear of the horse's feet affected when shoes are removed for racing? A research special report from Hippolia Foundation and CIRALE Text and images © CIRALE and/or Hoofcare Publishing  No reproduction or...Show More Summary

The Farrier's Jukebox: New Year's Eve with the "Blacksmith Stomp" with Playlists

Three of the stomping blacksmiths of England hoist songwriter Will of The Noble Jacks band. Left to right Declan Emmerson, Grant Watt (yes, he's wearing a kilt), and Dom Jones. Sometimes, you just get inspired. A new song by a band I'd never heard of in England showed up and I decided to play the video. Show More Summary

Biomechanics of Horseshoes by Dr. Jenny Hagen: Werkman presents the wide-branch (asymmetric) shoe and high speed fluoroscopy of toe-landing

The Hoof Blog is pleased to share with you some additional media from the research of Dr. Jenny Hagen at the University of Leipzig in Germany. Today we share the biomechanics of the "wide-branch" (asymmetric) shoe, and fascinating video of high speed fluoroscopy, or "video x-rays" of toe landing with no shoes and different wedges. Show More Summary

Budweiser Clydesdale's "Lost Dog" Super Bowl Commercial: Stock Up on Beer and Tissues

Start your shopping list now. As host of the annual Super Bowl party, you must be prepared with the classics your friends know and love: Nachos. Beer. Chicken wings. Chili. Maybe some more beer. That great dip that you spilled on the couch last year. Show More Summary

Video U: University of Maine Equine Surfaces Study Workshop Lectures

For veterinarians and farriers - The science behind the FEI White Paper on Equine Arena Surfaces" Videos of the presentations that took place during the Feet and Footing Conference at the University of Maine's Witter farm on December...Show More Summary

UC Davis Hosts 29th Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture for Farriers on January 24

Date: January 24, 2015 Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Location: Gladys Valley Hall, Room 1020,  and covered arena at Large Animal Clinic University of California at Davis Campus Davis, California Registration: There is no cost to attend, and...Show More Summary

The Annual Report: Wrapping up 2014 with a big blog bow

Happy New Year! Last week, you read about the Hoof Blog's favorite stories based on numbers. Now, we’ll dissect the blog for you to highlight some stories you might like to bookmark or share, or maybe read for the first time, if you missed them. Think of this as an index for future reference. Show More Summary

What You Like: Most Popular Hoof Blog Stories of 2014 Featured Clydesdales, Charley and Race/Show Horse Hooves

Top Ten Hoof Blog Stories: For the first time, some stories were read more often on mobile devices (phones and tablets) than on web-based devices (computers and laptops). In the top 15 blog stories of 2014, five fit this category: Triple Crown Hindsight (California Chrome's heel bulb injury after the Belmont);  We are over the hump and I hope that the Hoof Blog's mobile site is

Laminitis Memorial Wall Honors Horses to be Remembered, Facilitates Animal Health Foundation Research Funding

Flash and Casey are right up there with Secretariat and Barbaro. Little Dixie, Chief, and Midnight are not far behind. The Animal Health Foundation (AHF), a US charity dedicated exclusively to funding laminitis research, has set a new goal: to make sure that no horse with laminitis is ever forgotten. Show More Summary

Silent Anvil: Bruce Daniels Has Died

 Bruce Daniels died today, just before noon, the American Farrier's Association tell us. The icon of American horseshoeing of the late 20th century had suffered several aortic aneurysms and what his son Tad called "multiple strokes". He still made it to his daughter Cary's house in Florida for Christmas, though. Just try and stop him. The farrier world will be a little less

Best of 2014: Painting of Civil War Farriers Adds Aesthetic Dimension to History, Horseshoeing

I just stared at in disbelief. It was beautiful. It looked accurate. And it depicted something that, to the best of my knowledge,  had never been painted before. And if it has been painted before, it was never painted so carefully and so artistically. Show More Summary

An Amputee Donkey in Egypt Walks Again--on a Recycled Artificial Human Leg

Donkeys figure quite prominently in the original Christmas story, so why not have one star on the Hoof Blog on Christmas Eve? Hector the Egyptian donkey is making news around the world this Christmas, and bringing smiles to faces wherever...Show More Summary

Veterinary Equine Podiatry Group Announced at 2014 AAEP Convention, Will Pursue Board Specialization Status

At the 60th Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), held December 5 to 9, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Veterinary Equine Podiatry Group, Inc. publicly announced its existence and intended mission. Formed...Show More Summary

Guest Report: Australia’s 2014 Functional Hoof Conference

by Betsy Lordan, DVM The second Functional Hoof Conference was held during Melbourne Cup Week (November 6-9, 2014) in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia. The clinic was hosted by a group of hoof care professionals seeking to improve knowledge...Show More Summary

Laminitis Research: Feed Company SPILLERS Will Sponsor Two PhD Programs in 2015

Hoofcare Publishing is encouraging donations to laminitis research this holiday season. Right on cue, this press release arrived today with news of new support for program research in Great Britain. Thanks for Spillers for their continued...Show More Summary

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