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Back to Normal

Looks like Red's getting back to normal - here's the latest post.

The "J Scrape"

Here's another update on Red, with a description of a distinctive movement which can occur.

Exacerbation of EPM Symptoms During Treatment

Red's on day four of his treatment for EPM - here's a post on how symptoms can be exacerbated during treatment.

Update on Red

Red is improving with treatment - post here.

Sport Horse Farriery: Burghley's 2016 Best Shod Horse Award

Horses had to jump through the Olympic horseshoe on their way home in the four-star Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in England this weekend. The huge double-horseshoe is an icon of the 2012 London Olympics moved to Burghley for horses to jump for old times' sake. Show More Summary

New Case of EPM

For those of you who are interested in issues of horse health, there's a new post up on my other blogabout our latest case of EPM. I'll also link to it on the EPM page on this blog.

Olympic Farriers: Inside the Forge at Rio

This article is an edited extract from a general news release from the FEI. Some of the hardest working people behind the scenes at the Rio 2016 Olympics are the team of British and Brazilian farriers working round the clock to keepShow More Summary

Royal Veterinary College Announces Graduate Equine Locomotor Research Diploma for Farriers

These images from recent locomotor research at the RVC were part of a test on the influence of hoof packing on a shod horse's foot deformation at the walk and trot. (©RVC image) Hoof Blog comment: Progress happens slowly, and this announcement has been a long time coming--about 225 years, in fact. Show More Summary

American Farrier’s Association and Life Data Labs, Inc., Makers of Farriers Formula Hoof Supplement, Announce Partnership

The following information is an edited excerpt from a news release supplied by the AFA. Photos and and media added by Hoofcare Publishing: The American Farrier’s Association (AFA) and Life Data Labs, Inc. have entered into an educational...Show More Summary

Modeling and Imaging Technologies Examine Biomechanical Effects of Horseshoe

The final version of an Open Access hoof biomechanics research paper previewedin February is now available for free download by Hoof Blog readers. In A preliminary case study of the effect of shoe-wearing on the biomechanics of a horse’s...Show More Summary

American Farrier’s Association and Purina Animal Nutrition announce educational partnership

via press release The American Farrier’s Association (AFA) and Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC ("Purina") have entered into an agreement that will lend support for the educational goals AFA stresses for its members. It will also offer Purina...Show More Summary

Discipline Committee strips British farrier of right to practice; apprentice complained of bullying

A sculpture honoring the relationship between a master and apprentice above the Craiglockhart Primary School in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kim Traynor. The Disciplinary Committee of the Farriers Registration Council (FRC) in Great Britain has announced the removal of a long-established farrier from the nation’s Farrier Register. Show More Summary

Pennsylvania Court Petitioned to Require State to Resume Racetrack Farrier License Tests

On Tuesday, June 7, the International Chapter of Horseshoers and Equine Trades, Local 947, ("JHU") filed a writ of mandamus in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania naming the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission, a board administered by...Show More Summary

New gene test will identify severe Skeletal Atavism limb deformity in Shetland Ponies

 Limbs of a 16-week old Shetland pony with Skeletal Atavism, often described as "bow legs". (Left) caudal view when standing; (center) caudal view when walking and (right) View from the front when standing square.  Complete fibulas and...Show More Summary

What Was Under the Mare Who Won the 2016 Badminton Horse Trials Farriers Prize? (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a two-part article. Before reading the specifics of how this horse is shod, please read Part 1, posted on May 8th. On Sunday, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in England announced the winner of the Worshipful Company of Farriers' prestigious Farriers Prize. Show More Summary

Badminton Farrier Prize: Charlie Sands' four-star horseshoes win best-shod award for his girlfriend's horse

Hint: if you want to win the Farriers Prize at the 4 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in England, consider having your partner shoe your horse. Or, alternately, if you're a farrier, consider helping your partner make it all the...Show More Summary

Shoeing for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Foot Factors 2016

It's the first Saturday in May. Theories abound about how to pick the winner of the Kentucky Derby, but there's no doubt that the feet come first in the hearts and minds of Hoof Blog readers. With the help of wonderful people in theShow More Summary

Re-visiting the Big-Footed Event Horse at Badminton Horse Trials: Ben Hobday, Mulrys Error, and Paul Conway

A photo posted by Ben Hobday (@benhobday) on Apr 27, 2015 at 10:01am PDT British farrier Paul Conway preparing a shoe for Ben Hobday's large-footed event horse Mulrys Error before Badminton Horse Trials in 2015. Half-draft Mulrys Error has the most popular feet in international eventing. His rider, Ben Hobday of England, celebrates both the big feet and his farrier. (photo 

British Minister Meets with Farriers on Future Registration, Discipline Changes for the Profession

DEFRA Minister George Eustice, MP can't take his eyes off the horseshoe he forged at the anvil with help from Simon Moore, FWCF, during an informal meeting with farriers and industry stakeholders in Cornwall last week. Eustice is working...Show More Summary

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