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Blog Profile / Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog

Filed Under:Pets & Animals / Horses
Posts on Regator:1098
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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Footing Science: FEI Sport Horse Arena and Track Surfaces Report Download

Is there an ideal footing for all horses? Racetrack surfaces and sport horse arena surfaces are always fair fuel for arguments. The FEI's new report may add some science to personal preferences. (Photo © Hoofcare Publishing) This announcement...Show More Summary

PBS "My Bionic Pet": Putting Hooves and Paws and Tails Where They Weren't

On Wednesday, April 9, the PBS documentary series Nature will focus on pets who are missing parts. The star of the show will be the all-time star of this blog, Molly the (Three-Legged) Pony, but you'll also meet Chris P, the piglet who lives in a wheelchair or Mr. Show More Summary

Shoeless in Lexington: Polytrack Podiatry at Keeneland's Last Artificial Surface Meet

An interesting experiment was available to bettors Sunday at Kentucky's Keeneland racecourse as trainer Wayne Rice prepared to send no less than six horses to the post in five races. None of them would be wearing shoes. Rice's attempts...Show More Summary

Dubai Hoofcare: What--and Who--Was Underneath the Horses in the World's Richest Race?

Australian farrier Rob Stevenson now lives and works in Dubai. He demonstrated shoeing a lead pony withgold raceplates before the Dubai World Cup last week; this week he's in China. The emirate of Dubai is a tiny speck on the map, but it is growing into one of the world’s premier destinations for farriers and innovations in hoofcare. Show More Summary

Next Step in Re-vamp of Farriers Registration Act in Great Britain

A government report published on Wednesday takes another step toward modernizing a law governing who can shoe--or possibly trim--British horses. For almost 50 years, the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975 in Great Britain has been held...Show More Summary

Resource: CSU Video "Hangout" on Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Laminitis

Here's a resource to bookmark and share. Last night, three veterinarians from the Colorado State University Equine Veterinary Teaching Hospital hosted a Google+ "HangOut" on the subject of "Metabolic Problems That Affect Your Horse:Show More Summary

Mark Milster: Farrier accolades "mean nothing" if the horse isn't happy

  The Oklahoman newspaper and tracked down former World Champion farrier Mark Milster for a nice interview and video. The video gives a peek into Mark's shop, which should make toolhead readers happy.  And the story of how...Show More Summary

Ireland Lists 49 Farrier Forges and Smithies on "Registered Buildings" List

Remnants of an old forge near Castle Dermot. "Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience  and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race."  - James Joyce, 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' There's no place like Ireland when it comes to poetry from the forge. Show More Summary

History Detectives: What Do You Notice About These Irish Farriers?

 Irish Farriers at the Barracks, Waterford, 1909 You don't need to wear a funny cap and carry a magnifying glass to be able to apply Sherlock Holmes's "deductive reasoning" to old photos of farriers. Well, a magnifying glass might be...Show More Summary

Arizona Equine Massage Therapist Fights Accusation of Illegal Practice of Veterinary Medicine with Lawsuit

There are 50 states in the USA but Arizona seems to make the news more often than most. And when it does, it is usually because there is something that people in Arizona want to keep out. Whether it's unique laws to send illegal immigrants...Show More Summary

ShoeSecure Conquers Lost-Shoe Season, Now with Global Patent Approved to Keep Horseshoes On Hooves Everywhere

Spring means lost shoes. Instead of wondering if there’s a shoe at the bottom of that puddle, rely on ShoeSecure to hold horseshoes on hooves that tend to pull shoes, lose shoes or that require a particularly full fit. Developed with...Show More Summary

Tennessee Congresswoman Blackburn Files Alternative Legislation in Congress to Amend Horse Protection Act, Inspect Walking Horses at Shows

Tennessee Walking horses enjoy great popularity at shows in the mid-Southern United States, where they have become famous for showcasing the "Big Lick" gait. The horse's natural talent and action are exaggerated by heavy pad stacks and pastern chains. Show More Summary

Research Update: Laminitis and Lameness Project Funding Announced by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s board of directors has announced a slate of 19 research projects which the Foundation will fund for a total of $1,003,580 in 2014. The list includes eleven new projects and five which are inShow More Summary

White Turf: How Do Polo Ponies and Racehorses Stay on Their Feet in the St. Moritz Snow?

Calks? Check. Snow rim pads? Check. Ice-breaker hoof pick? Check. Horses competing in the polo and racing each February in St. Moritz, Switzerland are prepared from the ground--or should we say snow?--up. It happens every February. Winter...Show More Summary

University of Tennessee: First Equine Podiatry Conference Planned; Dudley Hurst Vet School Farrier Videos

The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine invites farriers and veterinarians to attend the inaugural Equine Podiatry Conference to be held in Knoxville, Tennessee Saturday, March 8, 2014. Click here for the full brochure. Topics include therapeutic shoeing, common causes of foot lameness, and nutrition and hoof quality. The conference also includes demonstration

Announcement: Second International Saddle Research Trust Conference to Examine Impact of Horse, Saddle and Rider on Each Other

WHAT: Saddle Research Trust Second International Conference:  Horses, Saddles and Riders: Applying the Science WHEN: Saturday, November 29, 2014 WHERE: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England The world’s top scientists will come together to share their knowledge at the Saddle Research Trust (SRT) Second International Conference, to be held at Anglia Ruskin

On the Case: Foal Foot Bone Sequestrum Infection, Surgery and Recovery with Fraley Equine Podiatry

"It's just a gravel." "This wet weather is causing him to abscess." "He gets an abscess every winter." "He's been lame from that abscess for too long..." When is it time to worry about a hoof abscess? When it grows from a sniper site...Show More Summary

Sochi-Inspired History: The World's Largest Horseshoeing Business Was in Russia

The amazing horse light sculptures in the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony told the Russian legend of each day's sunrise being pulled across the sky by a three-horse "troika" of horses. (photo shared by Sue and Marcus) Are you enjoying...Show More Summary

Recent Publications: New Research on Hoofcare and Lameness

Did your New Year's Resolutions include a pledge to keep up with new research and developments in the research side of things? That could be a full time job. It could also be pretty costly, unless you have access to a library with the...Show More Summary

Relax During the Super Bowl, Here's the 2014 Budweiser Clydesdale "Puppy Love" Commercial

Thank you, Anheuser-Busch. The giant St Louis brewery did Budweiser Clydesdale fans a big favor today and released the hitch's new 2014 Super Bow commercial. Have a watch and relax during the game! Now, these commercials always have a back story, and this year is no exception. Show More Summary

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