Blog Profile / Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog

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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

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Dudley’s New Leg: Gentle Barn Charity Follows “Worthy” Horse Leg Surgery with Prosthesis for a Bovine Amputee

Not your typical steer: Dudley has been through amputation surgery and is learning to live with a prosthesis on his left hind leg, thanks to the charity of The Gentle Barn, a California charity. Now he's getting acupuncture and E-stim treatments. Show More Summary

First-Person Research: The Paleopathology of Laminitis in Horses with Lane A. Wallett, DVM

Introduction: Lane A. Wallett, DVM is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She presented an abstract on her research related to evidence of laminitis in ancient horses at the 2013 International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot. Show More Summary

Laminitis Research: Milk Thistle Tested in Laboratory for Possible Endotoxin Neutralization

Researchers in Vienna, Austria have conducted in vitro studies of the  milk thistle plant to determine its effect on laminar tissue during  separation caused by endotoxin introduction. Laminitis research has created protocols for testing the effects of different substances on samples of equine hoof tissue. One of these protocols is the introduction of endotoxins, or

Biomechanics of Horseshoes by Dr. Jenny Hagen for Werkman: How Does a Side-Wedge Shoe Work?

The Hoof Blog is pleased to share with you the next video from the research of Dr. Jenny Hagen at the University of Leipzig in Germany. Today we share the biomechanics of the "side wedge" shoe. Dr. Hagen's video is sponsored by Werkman Horseshoes of The Netherlands.This video picks up from the previous videos from Dr. Show More Summary

Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation and Starlight Racing Reach $150,000 Laminitis Research Goal

News release: Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation (GJCRF) announced today that it had reached the target in fund raising prompted by Starlight Stable’s challenge to raise $75,000 for laminitis research. Starlight issued the challenge last year in memory of Intense Holiday, a stakes-winning colt that seemed headed for additional success until he suffered a condylar fracture.

How Did Pythagoras Use Hammer Tones on the Anvil to Decode the Musical Scale?

Music was born in a forge. Did you know that? The Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras decoded, or invented, the musical scale, and he came up with it after discerning the relative musical tones of different blacksmiths' hammers. Or so history tells us. Show More Summary

Polyflex Horseshoes Hosts Informational Farrier Session with VEPG Chair Mark Silverman at Palm Beach Farrier Supply

On Saturday, January 31, Polyflex Horseshoes hosted an informational session for farriers with Mark Silverman, MS, DVM, owner of Sport Horse Veterinary Services and a partner in Southern California Equine Podiatry with farrier Ernest Woodward in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Show More Summary

Blacksmith Buddy Junior: The New Hoofcare Education Tool for Teaching, Practice, and Demonstrations

                             Sponsored Post from Blacksmith Buddy                                        Practice makes perfect...sense, when a new student practices on a Blacksmith Buddy or Buddy Junior. Even an experienced vet or farrier...Show More Summary

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

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