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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!


CLICK ON THE HEADLINE OR RAINBOW HORSE TO READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE ON THE HOOF BLOG.

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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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"Innocent infringement": Some veterinarians learn the hard way that the Internet raises potential for copyright breach - VIN News Service

"Innocent infringement": Some veterinarians learn the hard way that the Internet raises potential for copyright breach - VIN News Service | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

When Dr. Joe Waldman received a letter from a prominent stock photo company saying a photograph on his clinic website was theirs and he needed to provide proof of licensing or pay them $600 for copyright infringement, he thought it was a joke.  

It wasn't.  

New technology now enables copyright owners to identify unlicensed imagery and act to protect their rights. Imagery is ‘fingerprinted’ so that it can be tracked and found in use, even if it has been modified, recreated or if only part of the image has been used.


The image is then flagged up to the copyright owner so that they can check if the correct license is held.


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


And if you are borrowing images from web sites to use on your site or Facebook page, take them down now. This article explains why.

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Where are you getting the photos you are sharing online?  Are they legal to use or are you stealing them and not aware, or maybe are?

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Roland's nags and nails blog: 'I fear I might get mud fever myself' - Horse & Hound

Roland's nags and nails blog: 'I fear I might get mud fever myself' - Horse & Hound | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"I think I may have come across the most long-suffering horse ever this week. Whilst its hind feet were being shod, its owner was using the clippers on its head.


"It didn’t even bat an eyelid.


"I’m sure the Farriery Registration Council would also have something to say about this, though!"


@HoofcareJournal writes: Hang in there, Roland! The intrepid farrier apprentice continues to chronicle his experiences in his blog. One of my favorites!

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Todd Pletcher's Violence Fractures Sesamoid, Off 2013 Derby Trail -- BloodHorse

Todd Pletcher's Violence Fractures Sesamoid, Off 2013 Derby Trail -- BloodHorse | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"Grade I winner Violence, among the early favorites for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), sustained a fracture to his right front medial sesamoid and is off the Triple Crown trail..."


Click on the headline to read the full article on bloodhorse.com.


@HoofcareJournal writes: Yesterday's game second-place finish in the Derby-prep Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfsream Park in Florida was the colt's first career loss.


Interested in the world of treating, preventing and understanding equine lameness? You should "like" the Hoofcare Publishing news and media page: www.facebook.com/hoofcareandlameness?


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Newtown Farriers Craft Horseshoe Ribbons for Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial -- via The Hoof Wall (FPD Blog)

Newtown Farriers Craft Horseshoe Ribbons for Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial -- via The Hoof Wall (FPD Blog) | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Recently, we received a phone call from Steve Storms of Montague Blacksmith Supply in New York asking if FPD would donate horseshoes to a group of farriers from Newtown, Connecticut.


Led by farrier Joe Santos, the group planned to shape the shoes into ribbons, paint them green and white and sell them at a fundraiser benefiting the memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. 


We were happy to participate by providing the Kerckhaert SX-7 horseshoes...(read more)


Click on the headline or image to read the full article on the FPD "Hoof Wall" Blog. 


@HoofcareJournal writes:  I interviewed Joe Santos today, as a matter of fact. He is a horseshoer who lives in Newtown; he is the farrier at Fairfield Equine Clinic there. His five-year-old niece was in the Sandy Hook Elementary School that fateful day, and his son goes to school in Newtown.


By the way, have you "liked" the hoof blog's news and media page www.facebook.com/hoofcareandlameness

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Do You Know How to Search for Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped)?

Do You Know How to Search for Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped)? | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

You know how to tell if something controversial is actually true, but what if you want to read up on something without stumbling into half-truths and pseudoscience?


Here's how to use the internet as a powerful research tool without being led astray.


The internet is full of useful, well-documented information, and all of it is right at our fingertips. The problem is that the signal-to-noise ratio can be pretty low.


Most search engines try to separate the real science from unsourced opinions and so-called "experts" only interested in selling books, but it's not enough to guarantee validity. With these tips, you'll learn how to quickly cut through the weeds and get to the good stuff in no time...


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


@HoofcareJournal writes: A lot of good information is contained in this article from Lifehacker.com. When it comes to hoofcare, a lot of great information is available, especially in terms of people's experiences working on certain hoof problems, but when it comes to research, you have to learn how to tell the difference between an ad, an experience, and actual research.


Does the concept of "confirmation bias" ring true with you?


And please! put your bias-screening glasses on before you click on a link to wikipedia!


You know not to believe everything on the Internet, but if you dig carefully and know where to dig, you can find information that will back you up or bail you out or make your day.


I know...because I do it every day!

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British farrier loses right to ply his trade after animal cruelty convictions unrelated to horses - Horse & Hound

British farrier loses right to ply his trade after animal cruelty convictions unrelated to horses  - Horse & Hound | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"A farrier who was involved in cockfighting and convicted of animal cruelty has been banned by the Farriers Registration Council (FRC).

 

"Raymond Weedall of Winsford, Cheshire, was found guilty of a number of charges, including keeping cockerels for fighting, by Chester magistrates on 18 May 2012.

 

"The chairman of the FRC council, Commodore Richard Bridges, said Weedall had displayed what he called “an extreme level of cruelty”...

 

Click on the headline or image to read the full article on the website of British horse magazine, Horse and Hound

 

 

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So you want to be a vet? Class of 2017 admission most competitive yet for Virginia Tech program

So you want to be a vet? Class of 2017 admission most competitive yet for Virginia Tech program | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

A record-breaking 1,220 prospective students submitted applications to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine last fall, representing the fourth largest applicant pool in North America, according to figures from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. 

 

For several years in a row, the college has seen gains in application numbers for its Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, up 11 percent this year alone.

 

@HoofcareJournal writes: Fewer than one in ten of the applicants will be chosen to enroll at Blacksburg; the class of 2017 will have only 120 seats.

 

That means that roughly only one in ten applicants will be selected.

 

Of these, 50 will be from Virginia, 30 from Maryland, six from West Virginia, and 34 from other states and countries.

 

 Nationwide, about 6000 people apply to enter US veterinary colleges; most apply to five different schools. Virginia's program offers a farrier, Travis Burns, on the faculty and plenty of exposure to equine lameness through an innovative curriculum.

 

Maybe that is part of the appeal!

 

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Australian laminitis researchers find potential role for lamellar IGF-1 in laminitis

Australian laminitis researchers find potential role for lamellar IGF-1 in laminitis | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"The reason why a sustained high concentration of insulin induces laminitis in horses remains unclear. Cell proliferation occurs in the lamellae during insulin-induced laminitis and in other species high concentrations of insulin can activate receptors for the powerful cell mitogen, insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1.

 

"The first aim of this study was to determine if IGF-1 receptors (IGF-1R) are activated in the hoof during insulin-induced laminitis..."

 

Click on the headline or image to read the full abstract on PubMed (National Institutes of Health research library). The paper, published in The Veterinary Journal, is behind a paywall on the Elsevier platform.

Fran Jurga's insight:

 

@FranJurga writes: Here's the latest research from researcher Melody de Laat, who earned her PhD two years ago under Dr. Chris Pollitt. She is currently conducting research at Oklahoma State University. Her research has been funded by the Animal Health Foundation: http://www.ahf-laminitis.org

 

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Man on the street: A veteran farrier in Allahabad, India -- The Hindu

Man on the street: A veteran farrier in Allahabad, India -- The Hindu | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Spending a day with a horseshoe maker — a dying breed of artisans — in Allahabad

 

@HoofcareJournal checks in with a newspaper interview extolling the talents of a seasoned farrier who works the streets of his city, serving the hooves of working cart horses, but who laments having to make weekly trips to the suburbs to shoe the pleasure horses of people who pay better.

 

Click on the headline or image to read the article in today's paper. 

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Animal Health Foundation: How to Prevent Laminitis, Rule #1: Video Evidence Why Horses Are at Risk

Animal Health Foundation: How to Prevent Laminitis, Rule #1: Video Evidence Why Horses Are at Risk | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
What's the number one rule to prevent laminitis? The Animal Health Foundation presents a humorous video of a horse that can unlock any latch and make a beeline for the grain room. Is your horse's grain room horse-proof?
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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..."


Click on the headline or Dr Butler's photo to read the full article on his web site.

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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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Labor of love: Farriers find job is perfect fit -- Fayetteville Observer

Labor of love: Farriers find job is perfect fit -- Fayetteville Observer | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Jerry Langdon has been shoeing horses for more than 30 years, certainly a noteworthy stretch of time.


After all, the trade may seem like a disappearing art, akin to spinning wool or repairing watches.


But, at least here in North Carolina, the occupation doesn't appear to be dying out. The N.C. Horseshoers Association's website lists about 18 farriers in the Sandhills alone.


Click on the headline or image to read the full story on the newspaper's web site.

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If the (Horse) Shoe Fits: Meet Michigan Horseshoers Joe Blackburn and David Hallock

If the (Horse) Shoe Fits: Meet Michigan Horseshoers Joe Blackburn and David Hallock | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Click on the photo or headline to read the full article on the Greater Lansing Business Monthly's web site.

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Green Ribbons: Farriers Bend Horseshoes Into Ribbons for Newtown

Green Ribbons: Farriers Bend Horseshoes Into Ribbons for Newtown | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Last Saturday night, 10 local farriers got together to do what they do best, all in an effort to honor those who lost their lives during the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Working with anvil and forge, the men bent horseshoes into folded ribbon shapes and painted them green and white, remembrances to be sold to benefit a memorial for the Sandy Hook victims....


Click on the image or headline to read the rest of this great story!

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Video: A Hoof-First View of Filming the Budweiser Clydesdales Super Bowl Ad

A behind the scenes look at the Budweiser Super Bowl 2013 Commercial "Brotherhood", from a ground up perspective. 


Just hit the "play" icon in the center of the screen to play the video right here in the ScoopIt window.


@HoofcareJournal writes: Here are some terrific still shots of the filming of the Budweiser Clydesdale Super Bowl commercial, featuring a gentle giant cantering with confidence on a city street.


The video is courtesy of KC La Pierre, whose Perfect Hoofwear created a special boot for the stunt Clyde.


To learn more, read "Super Bowl Scoop: Hoof Boot Solves Budweiser Clydesdale Safety Concern" on Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog.

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Paul Nicholls: Tidal Bay out of the Grand National with stress fracture -- Betfair + Hallmarq MRI

Paul Nicholls: Tidal Bay out of the Grand National with stress fracture -- Betfair + Hallmarq MRI | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"The news...is that Tidal Bay has a tiny stress fracture of the lower cannon bone on his right hind leg. This is something that the X-rays we took before his problem in the Argento didn't pick up; only today's MRI did..."

 

Click on the headline to read Paul Nicholls' statement.

 
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Boehringer Ingelheim's British ‘Talk About Laminitis’ campaign w/free ACTH PPID (Cushings) tests, back in 2013- BEVA

Boehringer Ingelheim's British ‘Talk About Laminitis’ campaign w/free ACTH PPID (Cushings) tests, back  in 2013- BEVA | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"Last year, Boehringer Ingelheim's 'Talk About Laminitis' disease awareness initiative saw over 9000 horses and ponies tested for PPID through its free ACTH test scheme.

 

"'Talk About Laminitis', which is backed by Redwings, The British Horse Society and World Horse Welfare, will run from mid March until the end of June, and Boehringer Ingelheim is again urging veterinary surgeons to carry out free ACTH blood tests on laminitic or foot-sore horses.

 

"We are learning so much from these tests," comments Professor Andy Durham from the Liphook Equine Hospital, where the ACTH tests are performed.

 

"For example, we are now recognising PPID routinely in laminitic horses and ponies as young as 10 years old, and in the spring when we might expect to see more EMS cases, where veterinary surgeons have also tested for PPID we are seeing both abnormally elevated ACTH and insulin.

 

"Unless the PPID is addressed, horses will continue to be at risk of painful recurrent laminitic episodes which is a significant welfare issue to the horse and extremely frustrating for owners."

 

More information is available at www.talkaboutlaminitis.co.uk

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Oklahoma State Senate committee advances bill on commercial slaughter of horses | Tulsa World

Oklahoma State Senate committee advances bill on commercial slaughter of horses | Tulsa World | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

In Oklahoma yesterday, a state Senate committee unanimously passed a bill to allow the operation of horse slaughterhouses in the state.

 

Senate Bill 375 - written by Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro - passed the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on a 9-0 vote without debate or question.


The bill will now be voted on by the entire senate.

 

Click on the headline to read the full article.

Fran Jurga's insight:

 

@FranJurga writes: in the light of what is going on in Europe, can the value of horse meat go anywhere but down? There is also a glut of horsemeat on the market at present, and the future is uncertain. Legislators in Oklahoma shold be fully informed on the market for the end product before they assist a new industry in their state.

 

It seems like statements in favor of horse slaughter in the USA are led by two "facts": 1) that there is a glut of horses and 2) that American horse meat is in great demand in Europe. That may have been true five years ago but the landscape may be changing.

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Les américains ne consomment pas de viande de cheval car ils considérent qu'elle nocive pour l'homme dû au fait que la plupart des chevaux sont traités au phénylbutazone. Le président Obama a demandé la réouverture de abattoirs de chevaux sur le sol des Etats Unis afin de limiter les souffrances de ces bêtes qui jusqu'à présent  envoyés au Canada où ils sont abatus dans des conditions scandaleuses avant d'être expédié en Europe via la France.

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Why the Anger Toward Shod-Horse Owners? Why the Hatred Directed at Barefoot-Horse Owners? -- EasyCare Blog

Why the Anger Toward Shod-Horse Owners?  Why the Hatred Directed at Barefoot-Horse Owners? -- EasyCare Blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"Would you agree or disagree with the following statements? 

 

• Both farriers and barefoot trimmers have the horse's best interest at heart.

 

• People that believe all horses should be barefoot all the time are wrong.

 

• People who believe all horses should be shod all the time are wrong.

 

• Educated farriers believe in hoof protection and allowing barefoot time.

 

• Good barefoot trimmers believe hoof protection is needed as horses increase less natural activities. 

 

Yes, I believe a horse should be..."

Fran Jurga's insight:

 

@HoofcareJournal writes: Barefoot or shod is not the question, because there is no right answer.

 

Sound or lame? Fit or fat? Tail-wringing tense or floppy eared contented? Those are the questions to ask, those are the things that matter, and the sound, fit, contented horse should be the only goal.

 

Getting a horse there is the hoofcare professional's reward, keeping the horse there is the challenge, helping others see and understand the difference is the assignment.

 

Go for it!

 

Click on the headline or image to read Garrett Ford's thoughts on red-faced, opinionated arguers.

 

For more on hoofcare and lameness, follow @hoofcarejournal and read Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog:  http://www.hoofcare.blogspot.com

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Shoes or no shoes.  There was reason why so many horseman in the past HAD to put shoes on their horses.  

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Super Bowl Scoop: Hoof Boot Prototype Solved Budweiser Clydesdale Safety Concern -- Hoofcare + Lameness

Super Bowl Scoop: Hoof Boot Prototype Solved Budweiser Clydesdale Safety Concern -- Hoofcare + Lameness | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
The 2013 Budweiser Clydesdale ad for the Super Bowl has a fascinating hoof-related back story. A big horse cantering on pavement is a big safety risk--how did they dare do it? What was on the horse's feet?

 

@HoofcareJournal writes: My heart stopped when I saw the Budweiser Clydesdale cantering on a city street in the Super Bowl ad. I thought they must have used a green screen and dropped the horse into the landscape. But then I found out what was--or maybe wasn't?--on the horse's feet.

 

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

 

And catch up with lots of hoof-related news on Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog from Hoofcare and Lameness Publishing: http://www.hoofcare.blogspot.com

 

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