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Will the Kentucky Horse Park host a controversial 'padded' Walking horse event? -- Lexington Herald-Leader

Will the Kentucky Horse Park host a controversial 'padded' Walking horse event? -- Lexington Herald-Leader | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"A controversial breed might be getting a new hoof in the door at the Kentucky Horse Park, and equine welfare groups are not happy.

 

"The Horse Park is in negotiations to allow a sale this month of Tennessee walking horses, possibly including some wearing controversialhoof pads that exaggerate their gait. The Kentucky After Christmas Sale hopes to offer about 300 horses for sale Jan. 25 and 26.

 

"Horse Park director John Nicholson (shown) said that legal activities have a right to use the state-run park. Padded horses are legal — although several groups headquartered on the park's campus, including the American Association of Equine Practitioners, are working to change that.

 

"The organizers of the sale say they want to be transparent and will use inspectors that the state specifies.

 

"During the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Horse Park, Games organizers would not allow padded Tennessee walking horses to perform.

 

"Given that and the bad publicity in the past few years concerning padded horses, the Horse Park seems to be going "against the tide," said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for the Humane Society of the United States."

 

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@HoofcareJournal writes: I'd call this article "The Kentucky Horse Park's Slippery Slope". The last time I checked, the Walking horse breed was alive and legal, in spite of the scandals that affect its show scene.

 

Can the Horse Park afford to turn away a paying event--and does this set a dangerous precedent?

 

What horse breed or sport does not have its critics?

 

The Horse Park should do the right thing and welcome the Walking horses with open gates. The park has a lot to offer those owners and breeders, who may be looking for new ways to show and train their wonderful horses, when and if the Whitfield Act is passed by Congress and the "Big Lick" becomes history.

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Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: Laminitis Research: Milk Thistle Tested in Laboratory for Possible Endotoxin Neutralization

Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: Laminitis Research: Milk Thistle Tested in Laboratory for Possible Endotoxin Neutralization | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
In the fall, a paper published in the open-access journal Toxins detailed early testing of the milk thistle plant as a possible aid to horses with laminitis problems. The research was conducted in Austria.
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Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: News from Hoofcare + Lameness

Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: News from Hoofcare + Lameness | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"Even though they seem slick and tricky for today's horses, "modern", or flat, cobblestoned streets were a godsend to horses. And, as you might suspect, there's a hoof connection that holds this whole story together..."

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@HoofcareJournal wrote: Our series on the history of winter traction for city horses has begun with a look at cobblestone streets and why cobblestones are all the same size, everywhere you go. There's a reason for it...and it has to do with horseshoes, of course. Find out how hooves dictates how streets were paved on The Hoof Blog!

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Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: Euro Farrier Champions: Top Ten Finalists and Meet Dutch Champion Gert-Jan Salm

Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: Euro Farrier Champions: Top Ten Finalists and Meet Dutch Champion Gert-Jan Salm | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
The European Farriery Championship is in full swing this week in England; the Hoof Blog had a chance to share with you an interview in English with seven-time Dutch champion Gert-Jan Salm.
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Jockey Club Chairman Phipps Calls for Transparency via Immediate Disclosure of Derby Horses' Vet Records

Jockey Club Chairman Phipps Calls for Transparency via Immediate Disclosure of Derby Horses' Vet Records | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Another day, another press release.


But wait a minute...If you read to the end of this one, there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


Jockey Club Chairman Ogden Mill Phipps authored a press release today, an update on US Thoroughbred racing's status in the face of allegations of welfare abuse and corruption deep inside the sport.


While the majority of the release focuses on steps related to overall inching forward toward a medication policy that would put US racing more in line with other major countries, the ending was a surprise, as Phipps suggested something that could happen right now--today, in fact.


He wrote:


"I propose that veterinary records of every horse entered in this year’s Triple Crown races be made immediately available. The New York State Gaming Commission does this, but only for a three-day period from the day of the race. I suggest a much longer period: 14 days.


"In fact, that was the principle behind the 2013 recommendation of The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee to create a centralized database of all treatments and procedures administered to horses in training. A majority of states already mandate this kind of reporting, but there is spotty compliance and, with few exceptions, little public disclosure.


"As I’ve said previously, enough is enough.


"All of us need to look ourselves in the mirror and make sure we are doing all we can not only for the good of the game, but for the welfare of the athletes, the integrity of competition and the survival of the sport. 


"The disclosure of veterinary records would be a good place to start."


Read the full press release on the Jockey Club website:

http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=703


Sometimes, friends, it pays to sit down at the end of the day and read your email.

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Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: Ireland Lists 49 Farrier Forges and Smithies on "Registered Buildings" List

Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: Ireland Lists 49 Farrier Forges and Smithies on "Registered Buildings" List | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Ireland has a project called the National Survey of Architectural Heritage, and one of the types of old buildings that they have selected to survey and document are 49 smithies, forges, and shoeing shops scattered around the Emerald Isle.


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HITS farrier John Jacques applies experience, expertise

HITS farrier John Jacques applies experience, expertise | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Jacques is the official farrier for HITS Ocala Winter Circuit at Post Time Farm in Marion County, Florida. The horse show runs from January through March and Jacques, along with fellow farrier Greg Chance, are the ones who take care of most of the emergency calls.


Click on the big image or cold headline to read the full article on ocala.com.

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Priscilla Presley, no supporter of walking horse industry, seeks to revoke Graceland trophy

Priscilla Presley, no supporter of walking horse industry, seeks to revoke Graceland trophy | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Priscilla Presley said she didn't know the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration still awarded the trophy, given in memory of her ex-husband, Elvis Presley.
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Click on the headline or the image of Walking horse owner  The King, Himself to read this article on The Tennessean website.

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:)  Go Priscialla!  So happy to hear that you have taken a stand on this issue.  

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Former chef finds his oeuvre in hooves at the Hong Kong's Sha Tin racecourse

Former chef finds his oeuvre in hooves at the Hong Kong's Sha Tin racecourse | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
When former chef Chan Shing-cheung tuned in to the equestrian events at the 2008 Olympics, he never thought it would be the first step on a journey that's given him an intimate familiarity with the hooves of some of Hong Kong's finest racehorses....
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Click on the bold headline or image to read this article from the South China Morning Post.

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Ocala Farrier Scott Chandler Breeds Double World Champion Paint Weanling

Ocala Farrier Scott Chandler Breeds Double World Champion Paint Weanling | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Every year, Scott Chandler and Suzanne Pierce set aside money in hopes they will produce a paint horse worthy of taking to the American Paint Horse Association World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas.


@HoofcareJournal writes: Congratulations, Scott and Suzanne!


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Meet New York Farrier Paul Batz, in Voice and Images by Niki Walker

Paul Batz, 35, has been in the farrier industry for over 18 years. A farrier is a blacksmith that specializes in shoeing horses and maintaining the health of their…
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Midwest Horseshoeing School’s Steve Hedges Receives his Therapeutic Endorsement from The American Farrier's Association

Midwest Horseshoeing School’s Steve Hedges Receives his Therapeutic Endorsement from The American Farrier's Association | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The Midwest Horseshoeing School, the Midwest’s premier school for farriery and horseshoe instruction, is proud to announce that instructor Steve Hedges has received his Therapeutic Endorsement from the American Farrier's Association (AFA).

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Video: Steve Rice, Champaign County (Illinois) Farrier | WSEC-TV/PBS Springfield

@HoofcareJournal writes: Here's a half-hour television show from a PBS station in southern Illinois, focusing on farrier Steve Rice and his work shoeing a half-draft horse for the first time. Farriery in the relaxed lane!

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Veterinarian Raul Bras serves dual role as farrier

Veterinarian Raul Bras serves dual role as farrier | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"It comes naturally to Dr. Raul Bras. The veterinarian also is a certified journeyman farrier, working for Rood & Riddle’s Equine Hospital’s podiatry program, and he plays an integral role in the success of Aiken-based Hollow Creek Farm..."


Click on the big top headline to read the full article about Dr. Bras in the Aiken Standard.

Photo: Hoofcare Publishing file photo © Dr. Lisa Lancaster.

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Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: Research: The Paleopathology of Laminitis in Horses with Lane A. Wallett, DVM

Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: Research: The Paleopathology of Laminitis in Horses with Lane A. Wallett, DVM | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Lane A. Wallett, DVM, is a veterinarian as well as a paleontologist. She is researching the disease of equine laminitis and has surveyed more than 1000 fossilized coffin bones looking for evidence of laminitis.
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Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: European Farriery Championship Won by Scotland's David Varini

Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: European Farriery Championship Won by Scotland's David Varini | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Congratulations to Scottish farrier David Varini, who has just been declared the winner of the European Farriery Championship, held this weekend in England.
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Veterinarians get weird to make horses feel good - The Western Producer

Veterinarians get weird to make horses feel good - The Western Producer | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Of all our four-legged companions, we likely subject horses to more than their fair share of strange treatments. Horses might not worry about wrinkles, but […]
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@HoofcareJournal writes: From Botox to maggots for laminitis and honey for wound therapy, a veterinary pathologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan rounds up some weird and wonderful treatments for equine lameness.

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mpownall's photo on Instagram (RT @McKeePownall: I had fun doing this yesterday. Nasty #whitelinedisease. #farrier http://t.co/PadRfmhimW)
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Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: News from Hoofcare + Lameness: History Detectives: What Do You Notice About These Irish Farriers?

Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: News from Hoofcare + Lameness: History Detectives: What Do You Notice About These Irish Farriers? | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Happy St Patricks Day! 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. This one from the British Army Barracks in Waterford in 1909 is full of more questions than answers; the more you look, the more you will see!


The Hoof Blog took a stab at what might be going on. But you might have a better theory, let's hear it!

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NORCO: Farrier Berwin Hanna elected mayor of horse-friendly California town

NORCO: Farrier Berwin Hanna elected mayor of horse-friendly California town | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
A councilman who works as a farrier is selected as mayor for 2014
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Congratulations to Berwin Hanna!

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Former world champion trains farriers of the future in Great Britain

Former world champion trains farriers of the future in Great Britain | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"The British Horseshoeing School was set up by Darren Bazin about two years ago as an independent facility. As a three-time world champion farrier, Darren brings about 20 years of experience in the trade to his role."


Click on the headline or image to read the full article in the British newspaper.

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Colorado farrier excels in barrel-race circuit | SkyHiDailyNews.com

Colorado farrier excels in barrel-race circuit | SkyHiDailyNews.com | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Lisa Mirabito, a Grand County local, and her horse Stewart are on fire in the barrel-racing scene and have claimed the top spot in a number of events here.


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World Champion Blacksmith Steven Beane visits Myerscough College farriery students

World Champion Blacksmith Steven Beane visits Myerscough College farriery students | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Myerscough College’s farriers were honoured to receive a visit this week from four-time World Champion Blacksmith, Steve Beane.


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New Jersey farrier Andrew Howard explains craft of the hoof helper

New Jersey farrier Andrew Howard explains craft of the hoof helper | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Andrew Howard didn't become a farrier in the usual way, as a family trade or after a childhood spent around horses. He used to work in television.


Click on the image or big headline to open the article in the South Jersey Post-Courier.

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Santa Anita: Quarter cracks a common problem for horsemen via Daily Racing Form

Santa Anita: Quarter cracks a common problem for horsemen via Daily Racing Form | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
The quarter crack that prevented Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Ron the Greek from starting in Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is a frequent concern for Southern California trainers.


Click on the headline or image to read the full article on drf.com.

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@HoofcareJournal writes: Breeders Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man came back from a quarter crack to win his last two starts, including the $5 Million Classic.

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Anatomy Resource: Alex zur Linden's Clinical Equine Imaging Reference Site

Anatomy Resource: Alex zur Linden's Clinical Equine Imaging Reference Site | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
OVC's Alex zur Linden, DVM, DACVR, assembled a series of 3-D videos constructed from equine distal limb CT scans with the Osirix medical imaging viewer software. His site compares the CT scans with radiographic views of the structures for reference.

Via Susie Blackmon
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