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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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England's Ben Taylor could be a ‘shoe-in’ at next month's International Team Horseshoeing Championships

England's Ben Taylor could be a ‘shoe-in’ at next month's International Team Horseshoeing Championships | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Ben Taylor will join a five-man squad that will represent England at the International Team Horseshoeing Championships in September.


@HoofcareJournal writes: Read this article for some background on one of the top competition farriers in England.


Click on the image or headline to open the original article in a British newspaper.

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Watch the Video: Meet SPC Jordan Hoffman, "The Old Guard" Caisson Platoon Farrier for Arlington National Cemetery

Meet Spc. Jordan Hoffman, Farrier for the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" Caisson Platoon

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Del Mar: Kinsale King retired to life of stable pony; champion was plagued with hoof problems

Del Mar: Kinsale King retired to life of stable pony; champion was plagued with hoof problems | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Kinsale King, who won the 2010 Dubai Golden Shaheen and recently returned from a lengthy layoff to finish second in a turf sprint at Betfair Hollywood Park, was retired from racing Tuesday owing to a damaged ligament in an ankle.


@HoofcareJournal writes: Kinsale King needs no introduction to Hoof Blog readers. He was jokingly called the horse with the worst feet in racing and recently returned for a year's layoff to recover from multiple cracks in one hoof. He race valiantly in spite of his terrible feet and often with patched hoof walls. He was, is and always will be a great horse.


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TV Anchor 'Horses Around' With Florida Farrier Billy Blackman

TV Anchor 'Horses Around' With Florida Farrier Billy Blackman | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

So what's a farrier, anyway? Well, think of it as a blacksmith with a master's degree in horse feet! Billy Blackman, a farrier in Jefferson County, says a farrier needs three core qualities:


"The strength of Samson, the wisdom of Solomon, and the patience of Job."


Click on the image or headline to read the full story about how a television anchorman spent a day with Billy.

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Rocky Mountain Farriers show their mettle in Kremmling | SkyHiDailyNews.com

Rocky Mountain Farriers show their mettle in Kremmling | SkyHiDailyNews.com | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"KREMMLING, COLORADO — Participants arrived at the Grand County Fairgrounds this past weekend to test luck at horseshoe-making in a Farrier Competition..."


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Photo caption: Justin Frank begins to shape a horseshoe during the Rocky Mountain Farriers Association Colorado Classic on Friday afternoon, July 26, at the Middle Park Fairgrounds in Kremmling.

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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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Abstract


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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Being a farrier more than just a job, it's a passion | Prince George Citizen

Being a farrier more than just a job, it's a passion | Prince George Citizen | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Contrary to popular belief, making horseshoes by hand is more than just an oddity seen only at agricultural fairs. Just ask Dave deWit.

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News Capsule: British Farrier Stockist Stromsholm to Sponsor Dressage Competition Series for Retrained Racehorses

News Capsule: British Farrier Stockist Stromsholm to Sponsor Dressage Competition Series for Retrained Racehorses | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

British farrier supply company Stromsholm Ltd. has announced its role as the main sponsor for Great Britain's new dressage competition for retrained racehorses.


The unaffiliated classes will be held at the Addington Manor Equestrian Center in Buckingham, England between October 2013 and March 2014, with the championship held in April 2014.


Carl Bettison, the managing director of Stromsholm, and the UK's distributor of The Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Company, said: "As many of the world's best racehorses and dressage horses already wear Kerckhaert horseshoes, the opportunity to support this excellent new competition for Thoroughbreds was too good to miss. Especially as it will be held at the superb equestrian facilities of Addington Manor, just down the road from Stromsholm."


Watch for news about the show on the Retraining of Racehorses website: http://ror.org.uk/


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Equine Innovations is Revolutionizing the Hoof Care Industry : Idaho Department of Commerce

Equine Innovations is Revolutionizing the Hoof Care Industry : Idaho Department of Commerce | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
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Equine Innovations Inc., located in New Plymouth, Idaho, started out as a garage business in Star.  The company developed out of Kevin Keeler’s desire to make his career as a professional farrier easier and safer, so he created a unique hoof support system named Hoofjack®.   


@HoofcareJournal writes: be sure to read this little news story about how far Hoofjacks are taking Kevin down the road these days.


Click on the image or bold headline to read this press release from the state government of Idaho.

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The Budweiser Clydesdales Wept: Brewery Steps in to Sponsor Walking Horse Celebration --The Chattanoogan

The Budweiser Clydesdales Wept: Brewery Steps in to Sponsor Walking Horse Celebration --The Chattanoogan | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Budweiser’s involvement with the National Celebration comes as a huge shock, but it seems that L&H Distributing Co., located in Tullahoma, has cut a deal with the cash-strapped show to provide alcoholic beverages for the first time ever at what has been previously billed as “a family event.”


Many recall when Pepsi immediately jerked its sponsorship away from the Celebration last year after an undercover tape showed a Hall of Fame trainer, Jackie McConnell, clubbing horses...(please read the whole article)


@HoofcareJournal writes: The Walking Horse Celebration will allow beer on the grounds this year for the first time. And that beer will be Budweiser.


Click on the big bold headline to read Roy Exum's latest column in The Chattanoogan.

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What????? I am so ashamed of Budweiser
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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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A one image story. Thanks to Fran Jurga!!

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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.


Click on the headline to read the full article.

@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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