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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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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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Strassburger: What A Hoof Abscess Taught Me – Horse Journal

Strassburger: What A Hoof Abscess Taught Me – Horse Journal | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"Last weekend, at the Twin Rivers International Three-Day Event, I underwent one of the most frustrating experiences a rider can have on the verge of a major competition: Your otherwise tuned-up and healthy horse suffers a hoof abscess and you have to withdraw."


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A day in the life of two British Natural Balance farriers

A day in the life of two British Natural Balance farriers | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"I met Sussex (UK) farrier Chris Peacock and recently qualified  Tom Hinton, on what was a typical day for them recently..."


Click on the headline or image to go to the full story about Chris and Tom and their Natural Balance shoeing business in Great Britain.

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Brian Griffin, FWCF's service to his profession recognized by Worshipful Company of Farriers

Brian Griffin, FWCF's service to his profession recognized by Worshipful Company of Farriers | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

As seen on the "This Is South Wales" web site:


A Welsh farrier has been given a prestigious award for his services.


Brian Griffin, who has been a farrier for more than 60 years, was presented with an award for his services to farriery at a special reception at the Saddlers Hall in London.


Mr Griffin is a fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, a qualification held by just 35 farriers in the world.


The lifelong farrier was also an examiner for the group, travelling across the UK and examining apprentice farriers. Mr Griffin, who is still shoeing horses and helping horses with hoof problems, was presented with the award by Master of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, Evelyn Webb-Carter.


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Were Ancient Horses' Fetlocks Less Susceptible to Breakdown Injury?

Were Ancient Horses' Fetlocks Less Susceptible to Breakdown Injury? | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

What's changed in the last 15 million years?


Read about a finite element analysis model of the proximal phalanx (P1, long pastern bone) of the horse as researchers Ellen Singer and Nathan Jefferey of the University of Liverpool vet school explain their comparison of the modern horse with the ancient three-toed hypohippus. Is there a fatal flaw built into our Thoroughbreds?


The BBC produced a short video about the research at the University of Liverpool and The Hoof Blog offers some additional information.


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Good Hoof, Bad Hoof by Hans Wiza

Good Hoof, Bad Hoof by Hans Wiza | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

from the article by Hans Wiza: 

For as long as there have been horses, there have been hoof problems.


And for as long as there have been hoof problems with domesticated horses, there have been millions of man hours spent trying to find solutions and remedies for them.


Almost invariably the greatest concern has been horses that have become footsore and cannot travel without limping. The cosmetic concerns that we have regarding cracks and breakage may or may not adversely affect a horse’s ability to perform a required function.


These problems are often blamed on a horse’s “bad” hooves. But what is a bad hoof?


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Horseshoes, hand grenades and broken anvils -- AFA Certification

Horseshoes, hand grenades and broken anvils -- AFA Certification | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Nathan Rogers recently received his American Farriers Association (AFA) certification. His son Casey went along to write about what goes on at one of these test events.


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Houston Zoo baby giraffe battling life-threatening bone infection; equine-specialist vet makes diagnosis -- KTRK TV

Houston Zoo baby giraffe battling life-threatening bone infection; equine-specialist vet makes diagnosis -- KTRK TV | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The Houston Zoo is asking residents to send their well wishes to Yao, the zoo's baby giraffe, after veterinarians determined the calf is battling a life-threatening bone infection.


The baby Masai giraffe was born at the zoo February 25. A week later, keepers noticed he was exhibiting signs of a minor sprain in his back left leg. When the limp worsened, veterinarians X-rayed the leg but found no evidence of bone damage. He was put on antibiotics and other preventative medication including anti-inflammatory analgesics.


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Watch It: Ram Trucks Promotional Video Features Texas Farrier Who Still Likes His Old Truck

Watch It: Ram Trucks Promotional Video Features Texas Farrier Who Still Likes His Old Truck | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Ram Trucks selected farrier Shawn Nanny from Texas as their ideal customer and made a video about how they would sell him on the 2013 model for his shoeing business. So why is he still driving his old truck?
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How to Evaluate Horse Foot Care Product Claims | Butler Farrier School

How to Evaluate Horse Foot Care Product Claims | Butler Farrier School | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"Much of what one sees and hears about through today’s media is so obviously slanted and one-sided, misleading and possibly harmful as to cause us to question all claims made by marketers.


"There seems to be a concerted effort to make truth a matter of majorities – the correctness of an idea is measured by the number of persons who can be induced to adopt it. The uninformed are easily manipulated..."


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Andrew Poynton farriery workshop at Enniskillen - - Farming Life (Ireland)

Andrew Poynton farriery workshop at Enniskillen - - Farming Life (Ireland) | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) are hosting a Farriery Workshop on Friday 22 March at the Enniskillen Campus Forge.


Andrew Poynton, renowned remedial farrier and designer of the innovative thermoplastic Imprint support shoes will present a workshop on topics ranging from orthopaedic work, young stock, subtle lameness in competition horses for which his support shoes were first designed.


The Andrew Poynton Clinic was established in 1997 and specialises in accepting cases directly from remedial farriers, equine veterinarians and horse owners. Andrew uses innovative yet proven techniques in the treatment of foot and limb conditions or abnormalities of horses.


This Workshop is open to all farriers and will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Friday 22 March 2013. Those interested in attending this workshop should pre-book their place with Rachel McGuigan on 07748 338279 or email Rachel.mcguigan@dardni.gov.uk.


Andrew will also be speaking at the Advances in Equine Husbandry conference on Thursday 21 March at 7.30pm in Down Royal Racecourse which is open to all members of the public.

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Farriery: There's More Than Meets the Eye to Dave Duckett's Blindfolded Shoemaking -- Hoof Blog

Farriery: There's More Than Meets the Eye to Dave Duckett's Blindfolded Shoemaking -- Hoof Blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Farrier David Duckett FWCF used the worst horseshoe he ever made to prove his point: there's much more to forgework than meets the eye: he made the shoe blindfolded!
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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.


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Champion British farrier Neville Smith dies at 82 after long illness

Champion British farrier Neville Smith dies at 82 after long illness | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Tributes have today been paid to a three-time British champion farrier from South Staffordshire who lost his long battle with stomach cancer.


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Award-winning farrier Travis Burns blends art, science in equine hoof care at veterinary college | Virginia Tech News

Award-winning farrier Travis Burns blends art, science in equine hoof care at veterinary college | Virginia Tech News | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

“Travis Burns brings a special set of skills, knowledge, and experience in his role as the college’s farrier, and he is more than deserving of recognition for his growing list of accomplishments,” said Dr. David Hodgson, head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.


One of those accomplishments puts Burns in elite company. He’s one of only 16 farriers in the United States to be named an associate in the Worshipful Company of Farriers, a London-based trade association founded in 1605.


He earned that recognition from the group last October by an examination that assessed his knowledge of anatomy, conditions and diseases of the foot, how conformation affects the gait and the foot, and vice versa. 

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Strand Barricklow's curator insight, September 16, 2013 8:35 AM

This article is about Travis Burns a professional award-winning farrier.  He teaches at Virginia Tech as an equine hoof specialist.  Burns is one of 16 farriers in the US to be named an associate in the Worshipful Company of Farriers.  He was the designated farrier at World Equestration Games in Lexington, Kentucky, and also did some work in London at the Olympics.

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Shoeless Thoroughbred Wins at Keeneland; Track Lists Barefoot Entries as Trainers Experiment with Polytrack Surface Effects on Hoof Slide

Shoeless Thoroughbred Wins at Keeneland; Track Lists Barefoot Entries as Trainers Experiment with Polytrack Surface Effects on Hoof Slide | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
A barefoot Thoroughbred racehorse won the second race at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, April 12.


The Hoof Blog provides science and observations on why some trainers are bypassing shoes and why the betting public is in on the news.


Click the image or headline to read the full article. Four barefoot horses will run on Sunday!

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One Stop Equine Shop's curator insight, April 15, 2013 1:29 PM

"Horses breezing on a synthetic surface had a lower degree of maximum hind fetlock hyperextension"

I hope to see a continual decrease of strains the racing world.

Ann Dixon's curator insight, December 30, 2013 1:23 PM

Great article. I'm all in favour for barefoot-where possilble. Catch my blog on barefoot trimming and leave some of your thoughts and ideas on the subject.

Find my blog at www.anndixon-yournewfutureishere.com

 
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How We Learn: Bracy Clark's intricate, antique "Model Hoof" is out of the museum and onto the Hoof Blog

How We Learn: Bracy Clark's intricate, antique "Model Hoof" is out of the museum and onto the Hoof Blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The founding fathers of hoof theory have gone. Gone with them are their forges, their laboratories, their drawings, their journals. We are left with some books, some papers and isolated museum artifacts that don't quite add up to all we'd like, yet taken alone are treasures.

That's the case with the hoof model that was unearthed recently by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in England. This model was constructed of paper by 19th century London veterinary surgeon and hoof researcher Bracy Clark.


He held it together with pins and folds, and could take it apart to teach others not just the parts of the hoof, but how it functioned. The bottom of the foot contains sliding panels that move the frog.

Claire Boulton of the RCVS Trust has written a special blog post about Bracy Clark's hoof model, which she has kindly agreed to share with you as a "guest blogger".



Click on the headline or image to read the complete explanation of this amazing piece of equine anatomy history.


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The 145-Year-Old NYC Gas Station That Started Out As a Farrier Shop « Scouting NY

The 145-Year-Old NYC Gas Station That Started Out As a Farrier Shop « Scouting NY | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

For all of its incredible 145-year run, Farrington’s has been in the business of transportation maintenance and repair, dating to a time when said transportation ran on oats instead of gas.


Could Farrington’s be the oldest family-owned service station in New York City? I’m going out on a limb to say it is – someone prove me wrong!


@HoofcareJournal writes: Be sure to check out all the need old photos and artifacts in this gas station in New York City. It's a landmark!

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In the Farrier Shop with the Caisson Platoon of the 3d US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

In the Farrier Shop with the Caisson Platoon of the 3d US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Fran Jurga's insight:


The Caisson Platoon is one of the Specialty Platoons of HHC Company of The 3d U. S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and is housed at Fort Myer in Virginia.  I recently visited friends at Fort Myer and was able to experience several events and opportunities for which I am so grateful.


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New Zealand Farrier Caught for Illegal Gelding -- Again

New Zealand Farrier Caught for Illegal Gelding -- Again | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

A New Zealand man who promised last year to stop illegal horse castrations has been convicted and fined after being caught doing it again.


Gisborne farrier John Sheridan, 62, had been performing castrations on the East Coast for about 50 years. He was caught in an investigation by the Ministry for Primary Industries last year.


Castration of horses is a major surgical procedure that only a vet can perform legally. If done incorrectly, it can cause severe or fatal repercussions...


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Photo of horses by Mike_tn.


@HoocareJournal writes: Mr Sheridan testified at his hearing that he made $50,000 a year gelding horses. 

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Vets gain ground against disease suffered by Paynter and Barbaro

Vets gain ground against disease suffered by Paynter and Barbaro | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"When laminitis contributed to Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro’s death at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in 2007, the dreaded disease – an often-fatal complication of catastrophic limb injury – commanded enormous public attention. So did the fundraising efforts to cure this age-old veterinary problem.


"Six years later, clinicians and researchers say, the veterinary profession is gaining ground in the battle, thanks to research and improvements in areas from digital radiography to glue-on horseshoes to cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy...."


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@laminitis writes: Glenye Cain Oakford (@DRFOakford) has interviewed some of the leading laminitis practitioners and researchers in the United States in this comprehensive article.


Thumbs and hooves up to Glenye and the Daily Racing Form for this article--DRF was an unexpected host of great laminitis information!


Among the veterinarians she interviewed: Jim Orsini, Bryan Fraley, Hannah Gallantino-Homer, David Hood, and Kurt Hankenson.


Note: Most of the researchers quoted in this article will be speaking at the International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot in West Palm Beach, Florida on November 1-3.

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Save November 1-3, 2013 for the International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot

Save November 1-3, 2013 for the International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Save the dates of November 1-3, 2013 for the International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot in West Palm Beach, Florida. 


The Laminitis Conference provides innovative and useful programs for veterinarians, farriers, horse owners, managers, trainers and technicians.


Attendees receive the latest, most advanced science and practical information, including the newest research and techniques used in the treatment of laminitis and other diseases of the foot. It is a valuable opportunity to network with colleagues and peers.


Plus, new this year, the Horse Owners Program will focus on the wellness of the horse and provide an opportunity for owners, trainers and barn managers to talk to the experts.


All the Conference's events, activities, entertainment and meals are included in registration.


The mission of the Laminitis Conference is to engage veterinarians, farriers, caretakers and the greater equine community in a collaborative effort to advance, expand and disseminate knowledge through research and collective experiences to effectively prevent and treat Equine Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot.


@HoofcareJournal writes: The Hoof Blog will be there! Contact us for information about the special "foot" specialty program track of lectures, co-chaired by Fran Jurga.


And remember: April 1 is the deadline to submit an abstract if you would like to speak!


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National Shire Horse Show Shoeing Awards - Fenland Citizen

National Shire Horse Show Shoeing Awards - Fenland Citizen | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Outwell farrier David Sanderson had success nailed when he won a top award for the best shod horse at the recent National Shire Show at Peterborough.


The judge, renowned farrier Gary Darlow, picked just four Shires from the 300 in the show as his finalists not knowing that two were shod by David and they both belonged to Gorefield breeder Graham Ward.


Click on the photo or headline to read the full article about the shoeing awards at the National Shire Show in England last week.

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Wild Horse Research Through the Lens of Dr. Chris Pollitt: Brumbies in the Channel Country

Wild Horse Research Through the Lens of Dr. Chris Pollitt: Brumbies in the Channel Country | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it


In this brief video, Dr Chris Pollitt, leader of the Australian Brumby Research Unit at the University of Queensland, takes us high above Channel Country in central Australia to observe wild horses amidst the flood waters. He and Dr Hampson went to the Outback to document wild horse hooves, but they are giving the world a new appreciation for the Australian wild horses, known as "brumbies".


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