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Hoofcare + Lameness Journal curates news from around the web for farriers, trimmers, veterinarians and equestrian/racing professionals
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Great image from New Zealand: "The farrier"

Great image from New Zealand: "The farrier" | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Adam is a farrier. Adam grew up on a South Island farm. After 4 years of training in England, Adam is now working back in New Zealand. What Adam likes the most in his work, is the fact that he goes...

Via Susie Blackmon
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@hoofcarejournal writes: Worth a click to view it in large format and to see her images of horse racing on the beach in New Zealand

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At the track, some think aluminum shoes make the horse, but steel-backers say neigh -- Wall Street Journal

At the track, some think aluminum shoes make the horse, but steel-backers say neigh -- Wall Street Journal | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Debate at the track: Do horses run better with aluminum or steel shoes?
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@HoofcareJournal writes: The Wall Street Journal put horseshoes on the front page today!


The article is worth a read, but the reporter didn't dig deeply enough to hit the rich vein of both historical and current information regarding horseshoe materials.


It's not just aluminum vs steel; shoes of both materials also come in various widths and designs of tread and weight distribution. It takes a talented, skilled farrier to figure out what works for each horse he or she shoes.


Shoeing a racing Standardbred is one of the biggest challenges in farriery. Shoers design a formula for each horse so that the four hooves work at maximum efficiency at speed, in spite of a horse's conformational abnormalities.


Farriers study shoe wear and experiment carefully by adding or subtracting mere ounces. Standardbred farriers are the rocket scientists of the hoofcare world.

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Injured and untreated, horse trainer/farrier threatens hunger strike to publicize his plight - Independent.ie

Injured and untreated, horse trainer/farrier threatens hunger strike to publicize his plight - Independent.ie | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Irish farrier and trainer Larry Murphy, who suffered spinal injuries when he fell from his horse three weeks ago, has finally received a bed at the National Spinal Injuries Unit after threatening to go on hunger strike.


@FranJurga writes: This is an amazing story, shared from one of Ireland's leading newspapers. Murphy claims that if it had been his horse who was injured, the Irish SPCA "would have somebody in court" for not treating his injuries.


Here's hoping Larry gets the treatment he needs--and deserves--and that his injuries heal. 

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Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. Hires Fred Ruddy as General Manager

Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. Hires Fred Ruddy as General Manager | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Shelbyville, KY – June 27, 2013 - Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. (FPD), a leading wholesale distributor of Farrier products, has announced the hire of Fred Ruddy, who joins the company as General Manager. In this position, Ruddy will oversee FPD’s general operations and assist the executive officers with planning, production and human resource management.


“This position was added as a result of the extraordinary growth the company is experiencing, and allows us to align our staff in positions that best fit their strengths while supporting our goal of delivering superior service to our customers,” states Dan Burke, president of FPD. “Fred brings experience and a unique perspective to our business and we are happy to have him join the team. He is a talented manager with the exceptional ability to understand technology, analytics and the best practices for the organization of our warehouse and distribution operation.”


Ruddy joins FPD with over 15 years of successful experience as a manager, systems analyst and inventory specialist, primarily in manufacturing and distribution. Most recently he was responsible for opening a distribution center in Shelbyville, KY for the Kittrich Corporation, serving as Plant Manager. He began his career as a Systems Analyst for Leggett & Platt, Inc., located in the corporate office in Carthage, MO, as well as holding the position of Branch Manager of the Southern California Bedding Components Distribution Center in South Gate, CA.


A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and major in Production/Operations Management and M.B.A. from University of Phoenix, Ruddy completed a semester of study in international business at Orebro University in Orebro,

Sweden. He and his wife and three children live in Shelby County, Kentucky.


This information was edited from a press release provided by FPD.

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GREAT SHOT: New shoes | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, Maine

GREAT SHOT: New shoes | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, Maine | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Farrier Ann Melville, of Durham, preps a thoroughbred for a new shoe Tuesday in the barn at Pleasant View Farm in Sidney. Melville, the proprietor of On Balance Farrier Service, was replacing the shoes on two steeds in the 19th Century barn that belongs to Jeff Fay, D.V.M.


This photo appeared in the Kennebec Journal and was taken by Andy Molloy. Ann is a long time friend of Hoofcare Publishing and lives in a wonderful part of the world.


I thought this photo was beautiful. Thanks, Andy.


Click on the headline or image if you want to see the article, but it is really just this great image.

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California horseshoer Matt Frederick feels like 'luckiest man on the planet' -- Napa Valley Register

California horseshoer Matt Frederick feels like 'luckiest man on the planet' -- Napa Valley Register | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Matthew Frederick didn’t set out in life to become a farrier, or horseshoer. For many years he worked as a server at local restaurants, including Auberge du Soleil.


But he did own a horse, and after watching his own farrier at work, he became taken with the idea of learning the trade. Enrolling at a farrier school, “from the first day I was sold,” Frederick said.


Click on the image or headline to read the full interview with California farrier Matt Frederick, who pioneered the concept of a disruption of the insulin-glucose mechanism in horses with endocrine-type laminitis.

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Western Canadian Farrier Competition goes off without a hitch in Saskatchewan | Prince Albert Herald

Western Canadian Farrier Competition goes off without a hitch in Saskatchewan | Prince Albert Herald | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Over the weekend, the fourth annual Western Canadian Farrier Competition displayed some of the best horse shoeing and forging Canada has to offer.  


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Redden Performs 55th Lower Limb Amputation in Open-Air Surgery on Injured Texas Stallion

Redden Performs 55th Lower Limb Amputation in Open-Air Surgery on Injured Texas Stallion | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The Galveston County (Texas) Daily News reports a group of nearly 20 curious veterinarians, veterinary students, farriers and horse enthusiasts stood Monday in the shade provided by trees at the Equine Recovery Center in Dickinson.


Redden said he planned to remove one of the lower leg bones, possibly take a piece of a healthy hoof frog, the piece of the hoof that acts as a cushion and shock absorber, to graft onto the remaining stump and then drill two pins into the cannon bone that the cast, and then the prosthetic leg, will be built around.


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@HoofcareJournal writes: Redden said that this was his 55th amputation, and the report says it was performed on the grass under some trees.


Photo of Dr Redden from Hoofcare and Lameness archives.

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Surgery at Lexington equine hospital helps yearling with deformed legs -- Herald-Leader

Surgery at Lexington equine hospital helps yearling with deformed legs -- Herald-Leader | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
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Worthy, a yearling paint filly, hasn't had much good luck in her short life. She was born with "windswept legs," an angular limb deformity that left her front legs badly misshapen.


Surgery can help in such cases, if it's performed early. But Worthy wasn't lucky enough to receive treatment. Instead, she and her mother, Indie, suffered through months of debilitating neglect and malnourishment...


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Visit http://www.gentlebarn.org/ to learn how you can donate to this horse's surgery fund.
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Horseshoer Joseph W. Hocker Tended Hooves of Champions, Dead in Lexington, Kentucky -- The Blood-Horse

Horseshoer Joseph W. Hocker Tended Hooves of Champions, Dead in Lexington, Kentucky -- The Blood-Horse | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Joseph W. Hocker, a noted farrier who tended to many important racehorses for almost five decades, died in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky on April 22. He was 74...


Click on the image or headline to read about Mr Hocker's life in the Blood-Horse.

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Adventures in Hoof Science: British Farriers Collect Data on Heart Bar Shoes at Royal Veterinary College Open Lab

Adventures in Hoof Science: British Farriers Collect Data on Heart Bar  Shoes at Royal Veterinary College Open Lab | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Farriers had a unique opportunity to witness an afternoon’s research conducted in the Royal Veterinary College’s Structure and Motion Laboratory in England; they tested heart bar shoes on two horses and collected data with researchers...
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The number of female farriers in Britain is on the rise -- Horse & Hound

The number of female farriers in Britain is on the rise -- Horse & Hound | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The number of female farriers is rising sharply, according to the latest figures from the Farriery Registration Council. Between 2006 and 2013, there has been a 70% increase in female farrier registrations, set against an 8% increase in overall UK farriers registering....


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Enthusiastic Attendees or Presentation Pirates? Attendee iPad/iPhone Media Captures Put Conferences and Speakers in Awkward Spots

Enthusiastic Attendees or Presentation Pirates? Attendee iPad/iPhone Media Captures Put Conferences and Speakers in Awkward Spots | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

If you pay to attend a conference, does your registration fee entitle you to record it and share it with others via social media? How much leeway should be allowed for personal or educational use?


The Hoof Blog looks at audience capture of speaker slides--and sometimes entire presentations--and how attendee media capture impacts conferences, speakers and other attendees.


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Del Mar: Off on the Right Hoof With Horseshoe Inspector Victor Tovar

Del Mar: Off on the Right Hoof  With Horseshoe Inspector Victor Tovar | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

@HoofcareJournal writes: Victor Tovar is the horseshoe inspector at California's beautiufl Del Mar Racetrack near San Diego. This brief article introduces the reader to Victor and what his job at Del Mar entails.


Del Mar's main track is an artificial surface so Victor sees horses shod (or not shod) especially for those conditions.


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Life in super slow-motion: Guinea hens and dinosaurs stride for stride

Life in super slow-motion: Guinea hens and dinosaurs stride for stride | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Researchers have come to depend on high-speed cameras to unravel a range of mysteries in nature, as a number of studies at a conference have shown.


@HoofcareJournal writes: This is a fun article, direct from the Society for Experimental Biology meeting in Spain this week. The guinea hen with superimposed limbs is the work of the Royal Vet College in England.


Click on the image or headline to read the full article on the BBC web site.

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A Leg Up on Leg Care | Emma Ford | Ask the Groom

A Leg Up on Leg Care | Emma Ford | Ask the Groom | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"Knowing your horse’s legs inside and out is paramount when looking after any horse. Daily checking of legs should be undertaken so that any abnormalities, from the slightest boot rub to a large laceration can be detected quickly and any further issues be put at bay by dealing with the injury correctly.


"My daily routine involves a quick check of the legs when I bring the horses in from the paddock. If no shoes are missing and there are no obvious injuries then they get left to eat breakfast. Once they are on cross ties, I first pick out feet and make sure shoes are still in place and not slightly sprung. Before starting to groom I run my hands down both the front and back of their legs.


"I am looking for..."

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@FranJurga writes: Hooray for Emma Ford, longtime head groom for @DuttonEventing. Emma walks us through a laundry list of what to look for in the lower limbs after you've ruled out loose or lost shoes. 


In particular, Emma covers anti-bacterial care, what to put under standing wraps and still more about poulticing.


Good advice and good refresher on the different types of checks and care that need to be given to sport horse legs.


Save this one for yourself or your favorite groom.

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Safer Grass: True or False Laminitis Quiz with Madalyn Ward, DVM

Safer Grass: True or False Laminitis Quiz with Madalyn Ward, DVM | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"Grass is safe for horses. True or false?


Well, it depends. I have learned a lot in the last few months about why grass can cause laminitis in susceptible horses.


Some of my previous beliefs have been proven incorrect. Here is a test to see where you are in your knowledge!"


Click on the big bold headline to take the quiz on Dr. Ward's Holistic Horsekeeping web site.

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PLOS ONE: Impact of Laminitis on the Canonical Wnt Signaling Pathway in Basal Epithelial Cells of the Equine Digital Laminae

PLOS ONE: Impact of Laminitis on the Canonical Wnt Signaling Pathway in Basal Epithelial Cells of the Equine Digital Laminae | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
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The digital laminae is a two layer tissue that attaches the distal phalanx to the inner hoof wall, thus suspending the horse's axial skeleton in the hoof capsule.


This tissue fails at the epidermal:dermal junction in laminitic horses, causing crippling disease. Basal epithelial cells line the laminar epidermal:dermal junction, undergo physiological change in laminitic horses, and lose versican gene expression.


Versican gene expression is purportedly under control of the canonical Wnt signaling pathway and is a trigger for mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition; thus, its repression in laminar epithelial cells of laminitic horses may be associated with suppression of the canonical Wnt signaling pathway and loss of the epithelial cell phenotype.


In support of the former contention, we show, using laminae from healthy horses and horses with carbohydrate overload-induced laminitis, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, Western blotting after sodium dodecylsulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and immunofluorescent tissue staining, that positive and negative regulatory components of the canonical Wnt signaling pathway are expressed in laminar basal epithelial cells of healthy horses.


Furthermore, expression of positive regulators is suppressed and negative regulators elevated in laminae of laminitic compared to healthy horses. We also show that versican gene expression in the epithelial cells correlates positively with that of β-catenin and T-cell Factor 4, consistent with regulation by the canonical Wnt signaling pathway. In addition, gene and protein expression of β-catenin correlates positively with that of integrin β4 and both are strongly suppressed in laminar basal epithelial cells of laminitic horses, which remain E-cadherin+/vimentin−, excluding mesenchymal transition as contributing to loss of the adherens junction and hemidesmosome components. We propose that suppression of the canonical Wnt signaling pathway, and accompanying reduced expression of β catenin and integrin β4 in laminar basal epithelial cells reduces cell:cell and cell:basement membrane attachment, thus, destabilizing the laminar epidermal:dermal junction.


Citation: Wang L, Pawlak EA, Johnson PJ, Belknap JK, Eades S, et al. (2013) Impact of Laminitis on the Canonical Wnt Signaling Pathway in Basal Epithelial Cells of the Equine Digital Laminae. PLoS ONE 8(2): e56025. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056025


Click on the headline or image to read the full paper.


This research was funded by the Morris Animal Foundation and is published as an open-access document in the PLOS|One Journal.

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Equipment at heart of Walking horse soring controversy | Times-Gazette

Equipment at heart of Walking horse soring controversy | Times-Gazette | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Critics of the Tennessee Walking Horse have singled out certain equipment used in training horses that compete in many of the most popular divisions at shows like The Celebration. But what is this equipment?


Click on the image or headline to read this entire article on the newspaper's web site.


@Hoofcarejournal writes: This article interested me because of some of theories it floats.


First of all, it is not about the equipment at all. It is what the misuese of the equipment is designed to do to the horse. It is, on the other hand, very much about the prohibited equipment that is used.


Another is that soring developed after World War II because war veteran horse trainers were good mechanics. 


That seems far-fetched. It's more likely that the Walking horse shows felt pressure to attract people to the shows, given the distractions available in the 1950s and 1960s. As horsemanship faded among the people in the grandstands, it was obvious that they were looking only at the horses with the most extravagant--and exaggerated--action.


So the trainers made the horses into what made the crowds cheer. And as the years went on, horsemanship went down the list of skills that the trainers needed.


And here we are in the years.

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Mick Doyle: Horse owners should plan ahead for summer hoof problems | The Tryon Daily Bulletin

Mick Doyle: Horse owners should plan ahead for summer hoof problems | The Tryon Daily Bulletin | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"Veterinarians often tell horse owners to soak their horses’ feet in warm water to heal a variety of hoof problems. The warm water softens the hoof walls allowing for better application of medications.


"However, too much exposure to water can be a bad thing, according to Polk County (North Carolina) farrier Mick Doyle...."


@HoofcareJournal writes: Friend and farrier Mick Doyle advises horse owners on the risks of a moisture imbalance in the hooves of horses who live in wet conditions. Thanks, Mick!


Click on the headline or image to read the full article, which the newspaper spread out over two web pages.

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Virginia Farrier Seriously Injured by Guard Donkey

Virginia Farrier Seriously Injured by Guard Donkey | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Farrier Owen Moon was hospitalized after being bitten on the leg by a donkey as he was trimming its hooves. On Thursday morning, May 9, Moon was making his rounds trimming hooves.


@HoofcareJournal writes: This is an usual story; the donkey was a "guard donkey" and apparently considered the farrier to be a predator. So it did its job. Worth a read.

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Who says you need a guard dog any more when you can have a guard donkey!

 

My idea of a nice "big guard animal" to have around the property :-)

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Badminton Horse Trials' Farrier Prize to the Best Shod Horse 2013 -- Hoof Blog

Badminton Horse Trials' Farrier Prize to the Best Shod Horse 2013 -- Hoof Blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Each year, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials presents The Farriers Prize for the best shod horse at the world's most prestigious three-day event.


How do they do it and who won the prize this year?


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Apron News: Gibbins of Suffolk Announces Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. is Exclusive Importer and Distributor for North America

Apron News: Gibbins of Suffolk Announces Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. is Exclusive Importer and Distributor for North America | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Via press release


April 23, 2013 - Gibbins of Suffolk, located in the United Kingdom, announced they have signed an agreement with Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. (FPD) of the U.S., to import and distribute their line of aprons designed specifically for the farrier market.


Under the terms of the agreement, FPD, one of the largest distributors of farrier products in North America, now has exclusive rights to import and distribute the Gibbins aprons to North American markets.


The announcement follows a devastating fire in November of 2012 that destroyed the Gibbins’ production facility. The plant has been restarted, and it is anticipated full production and availability of product will occur by mid to late summer of this year.


Founded in the early 1980’s, Gibbins of Suffolk was purchased in 2007 by Carl Bettison.


“North America is a market with great potential, and our agreement with FPD will allow us to expand our presence and maintain the reputation we have for quality and detail,” said Bettison, Director of Gibbins. “With FPD’s dedication to product development, marketing collaboration and outstanding distribution network they are an excellent choice to represent our products.”


“Gibbins enjoys a good reputation among the farriers for the quality and craftsmanship in the aprons they produce,” said Dan Burke, President of FPD. “We set extremely high standards for the products we distribute and Gibbins meets our expectations. We look forward to a long and
prosperous partnership with Carl and his team at Gibbins.”

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Horse-drawn hearse for champion British farrier Neville Smith; former apprentices form pall-bearer team for trophy-topped coffin

Horse-drawn hearse for champion British farrier Neville Smith; former apprentices form pall-bearer team for trophy-topped coffin | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

A carriage drawn by two black stallions led mourners at the funeral of a three-time British champion farrier.


Family and friends of Neville Smith said their final farewell at Bushbury Crematorium, Wolverhampton yesterday. Neville, from Little Saredon, died at the age of 82, after losing his battle with stomach cancer.


He was crowned British Champion three years in a row in a competition by the Worshipful Company of Farriers in 1963, 1964 and 1965.


His work commitments however meant he only entered the competition three times.


Read more about Mr Smith's life and death in this article. Click on the photo or on the headline to go to the article.

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Lieutenant Boniface's Notes on Shoes (or No Shoes) in World Cavalry History 100 Years Ago, Part 1

Lieutenant Boniface's Notes on Shoes (or No Shoes) in World Cavalry History 100 Years Ago, Part 1 | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The advancement of hoofcare over the centuries has been marked with periodic experiments and groundswells of support to do away with anvils and shoes and calks and nails. That was the case 110 years ago, when Lt. Boniface of the US Cavalry documented the philosophies surrounding official government military policies that dictated how--and if--a horse should be shod.


Boniface would go on to become a leading author on U.S. cavalry equitation and horsemanship, much of which formed the basis of the American style of what is today called hunt-seat equitation.


But first he looked at the nuts-and-bolts of military operations using horses, and the hoof in particular, in his first of several books: The Cavalry Horse and Its Pack (1903). Many of Boniface's arguments are the same heard today, but his research reveals how completely many of the advances of the early 20th century hoof health movement were doomed to be buried in the total destruction of World War I, which looms just beyond the scope of this wonderful book.


Click on the headline or image to read the introduction to this series, which will continue on The Hoof Blog.

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