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Lost to laminitis: UC Davis says good-bye to its famed and beloved breeding jack

Action Jackson, the 29-year-old breeding jack at the University of California at Davis, suffered from laminitis. He was humanely euthanized last week. (UC Davis photo) The Hoof Blog will often note the passing of a famous stallion, when laminitis claims a life. Show More Summary

Hail Mary: USDA proceeds with last-ditch effort to end soring by imposing bans on Walking horse pads, action devices

It's fourth down at the end of the fourth quarter. The clock is counting down. Do you punt or pass? The game's at stake. It's time to pull off a play they'll never forget. It's time to throw that Hail Mary pass.  In the waning hoursShow More Summary

2016's Ten Most-Read Stories on The Hoof Blog

In a year defined by "fake news" as read on Facebook--and as heard in the barn aisle--it's reassuring to know that there is so much "real" news right here in the hoof world. The results are in from the tabulation of which stories were read on The Hoof Blog in 2016. Show More Summary

Australian Equine Laminitis Research Veterinarian Andrew van Eps Joins Penn Vet New Bolton Center

Australian laminitis researcherAndrew van Eps, BVSc, PhD, MACVSc,  DACVIM is moving to America. Dr. vanEps is noted for his contributions relatedto cryotherapy, or icing, of horses' lowerlimbs to prevent laminitis, and recentresearch on support limb laminitis. Show More Summary

Winter riding and horse care tips

If you live in an area with real winters or just have a horse that grows in a super heavy winter coat you know that riding and conditioning this time of year can be a challenge. It’s hard to get in good rides not just because of theShow More Summary

Hoofmarks in Aleppo: Will the citadel's ancient inverted horseshoe curse save it again?

Heels up or heels down in Aleppo, Syria tonight? These might have been the oldest and most historic horseshoes on earth. All but one of these horseshoes is a message of defiance to any who would attempt to conquer the city. But one--and only one--horseshoe is an ancient coded message to invaders should they get past these massive gates. Show More Summary

Research: Hoof Conformation and Flat Feet in New Zealand Thoroughbred Racehorses

In a previous article, the Hoof Blog described a study conducted in New Zealand to survey the way sport horses in that country are shod, and what management aspects may affect the condition of feet. (Please see the article "Research:...Show More Summary

Research: Farriery and Hoof Care Data Collected for Dressage, Showjumping Sport Horses in New Zealand

There once was a time a sport horse could trot by and you could tell what nation he was from by the way he was shod. Those days are gone, but there are still distinct differences in some parts of the world. We'd do well to document them, while we still can. There was once a time when you could look at a foot and practically see the national flag. Show More Summary

Diamond's Back! Questions and Answers About the "New" Diamond Horseshoes and Tools

In 2015 the Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Company purchased Diamond Horseshoes and Tools.  What had once been the widest-selling shoe and tool line in America (and far beyond) has been getting a new look and, for many products, a new feel and new features. Show More Summary

Political Cartoons: Public Opinion Forged with Humor from the Blacksmith Shop

How would Donald Trump look at the anvil? Traditionally, political cartoons have portrayed US Presidents as blacksmiths and, sometimes, farriers. Here you see President Woodrow Wilson portrayed in 1917  as a striker, not the smith. Uncle Sam is the smith, and he is urging Wilson to swing and hit, while the iron is still hot. Show More Summary

Shane Westman Joins the University of California at Davis as Large Animal Clinic Farrier

Shane Westman recently was appointed Large Animal Clinic Farrier at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. (Image courtesy of UC Davis) Congratulations to the University of California at Davis and to Washington farrier Shane Westman on Shane's official appointment as farrier at the UC Davis Large Animal Clinic. Show More Summary

My sweetwater recipe Ever since I posted about this on my FB wall, I’ve gotten more requests for the recipe and have had a huge amount of positive feedback at every single ride I’ve...Show More Summary

Career Opportunity: New Arizona Equine Podiatry Center Seeks Farrier

Arizona Equine Medical & Surgical Centre seeks an American Farrier's Association certified JOURNEYMAN FARRIER  (or equivalent qualification) for our newly developed Arizona Equine Podiatry Center.    Arizona Equine is an established seven-doctor equine referral center in Gilbert, Arizona. Show More Summary

Evidence-Based Farriery: Plan to Attend Myhre Equine Clinic's 29th Annual Farrier/Veterinarian Conference with Dr. Andy Parks

It's that time of year: let's all drive to New Hampshire and enjoy the 29th Annual Myhre Equine Clinic Farrier/Veterinarian Conference in Rochester, New Hampshire. This article will include as many details as possible for you to make your plans. Hosted by Dr. Grant Myhre, the big two-day event will be held later this week, October 28-29. Andrew Parks MA, Vet MB,  MRCVS, Dip

Video: British Racing Farriers, Stable Team, and Thoroughbred Health Featured on CNN Special Segment

CNN racing reporter Aly Vance interviewed Newmarket farrier William (Billy) Mulqueen, DipWCF about the importance of farriery to racehorses for an extended segment on stable staff working for British Thoroughbred trainer William Haggas. October 22, 2016 was a great day for everyone who works behind the scenes with (and for) racehorses. Show More Summary

Farrier Product Distribution is now an American Farrier’s Association Educational Communications Partner

Farrier Product Distribution (FPD) has become the latest company to join forces with the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) as an educational communications partner.  AFA Executive Director Beth Daniels issued the following statement: “We are delighted to partner with FPD in this initiative. Show More Summary

Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center Appoints Scott Lampert New Product Development Manager

Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center (DMHC) has announced that Minnesota farrier Scott Lampert has joined the company as Product Development Manager.  Scott Lampert, Product  Development Manager at Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center For nearly three decades, Scott Lampert has shod top-level hunters and jumpers, dressage horses, Arabians and cutting horses while consulting and lecturing

Racetrack Surface Research Professor Mick Peterson Will Head to the University of Kentucky in 2017

Professor Mick Peterson took a turn as a speaker at the Hoofcare@Saratoga series at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, New York. (Thank you!) After years in the engineering department at the University of Maine, he's taking a new, wider-focus ag/equine science faculty director post at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Show More Summary

American Farrier's Association Funds Equine Stem Cell Research

Today the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) announced a donation of $10,000 through its Equine Research Fund to the Morris Animal Foundation in support of research being conducted by Morris Animal Foundation Fellow Dr. Alix Bergman at North Carolina State University. In conjunction with the work of Drs. Show More Summary

Arabian Show Horse Shoeing Rule Changes Proposed: Toe length increases, pad limit and measurement may be imposed

This Half-Arabian show horse is shod in a way that would not be legal under proposed rule changes. The length of toe, shoe measurement, multiple pads, and other parameters are in line, and shoe bands are currently legal and would remain so under the new rules. Show More Summary

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