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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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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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High-Tech Slo-Mo Reining Horse: What They Won't See in Oklahoma City This Weekend Via The Hoof Blog

High-Tech Slo-Mo Reining Horse: What They Won't See in Oklahoma City This Weekend Via The Hoof Blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

You have to love the sport of reining, but you also have to admit that it is all sort of a blur when those little horses pick up the tempo. During the spin and slide I always wish I could see their legs and hooves. Good luck with that!


There's no doubt these horses get a workout in the biomechanics department so when I saw that Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics had videotaped a reiner with his high-speed video camera, I knew it would be worth watching in slo-mo.


So let's toast the beginning of the big weekend for the sport of reining...


@HoofcareJournal writes: Don't just ride, slide! Watch this high-tech video of a reining horse executing a slide. This is the biggest weekend in the sport of reining: The best horses and riders in the world are competing at the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma. 


Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics captured a reining horse with his 300-frames-per-second high-speed video camera, for some high-quality slow motion. It's 25 times faster than the human eye.


Click on the big headline or image to watch the video on The Hoof Blog!


You'll find all the news and features related to hoofcare and lameness on The Hoof Blog: http://www.hoofcare.blogspot.com


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On his retirement, English farrier James Todd worries skills may soon be lost

On his retirement, English farrier James Todd worries skills may soon be lost | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

British farrier James Todd may be looking forward to his retirement after 50 years of shoeing horses but he is also deeply worried about the future of his art and the standard of farriery in the 21st century.


@hoofcarejournal writes: Our old friend James Todd is retiring? Say it isn't so!


This article is a terrific interview with the always-outspoken Mr. Todd, and includes a terrific slide show of his forge in Great Warley, Essex, near London.


Worth a click! Just click on the headline or image to open the original article in the "This is Essex" newspaper in England. There's a wonderful slideshow, too!

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Support-limb laminitis forces leading Thoroughbred stallion Thorn Park out of service in New Zealand « The Informant (NZ)

Support-limb laminitis forces leading Thoroughbred stallion Thorn Park out of service in New Zealand  « The Informant (NZ) | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Leading stallion Thorn Park has been withdrawn from service for the remainder of the breeding season after contracting laminitis in a hind foot.


@HoofcareJournal writes: What began as a puncture wound in the stallion's sole turned into a classic case of support-limb laminitis in the opposite foot.


Click on the headline or photo to read the full article from New Zealand.


Be sure to read Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog to stay up to date on news about laminitis and all foot conditions in the horse: http://www.hoofcare.blogspot.com and follow @HoofcareJournal  on Twitter.


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Texas farrier Nichole Smith shoes her way to England

Texas farrier Nichole Smith shoes her way to England | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

We've all heard the saying "a horse of a different color," right? Well, Wichita Falls farrier Nichole Smith of SS Horseshoeing soon will see some horses in a different country.


"I got word a few weeks ago from the American Farrier Association as part of its cultural exchange program," she said. "I will be going around Dec. 15 and stay for a month. I am pretty nervous. I will kind of be carrying the responsibility to represent the AFA."


@HoofcareJournal writes: Congratulations, Nichole!


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AVMA and AAEP urge strong enforcement of Horse Protection Act at Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration | The Jurga Report, Practical Horseman Blog

AVMA and AAEP urge strong enforcement of Horse Protection Act at Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration | The Jurga Report, Practical Horseman Blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) urge veterinarians, owners, trainers, riders, event spectators, media and the public to redouble their efforts to identify and report sored horses at this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn. This includes reporting suspected soring activity in barns and training facilities in the Shelbyville area.


The AVMA and AAEP are urging vigilance because of concerns that sored horses will be participating at the Celebration.


For more than 40 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has worked diligently to enforce the Horse Protection Act (HPA), which prohibits soring. The USDA recently took another step toward ending soring by instituting mandatory penalties for violators.


Be sure to click on the big bold headline at the top to read this 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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Equine Podiatry and Rehabilitation Conference 2013

Equine Podiatry and Rehabilitation Conference 2013 | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The objective of this course is to provide a thorough and interactive learning experience for veterinarians, farriers, veterinary technicians, farrier assistants, veterinary and farrier students, horse owners and exhibitors.


Click on the headline or radiograph to go to the web site for this conference, scheduled for March 2, 2013.

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Laminitis Research Gateway: Free Public Access to New Findings via Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog:

Laminitis Research Gateway: Free Public Access to New Findings via Fran Jurga`s Hoof Blog: | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The Hoof Blog provides a direct link to a collection of new papers on laminitis research provided as open access by the British Equine Veterinary Association Foundation.

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Walking horse inspectors release conflicting Celebration violation rates

Walking horse inspectors release conflicting Celebration violation rates | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Last week, a USDA release said there was a 91 percent compliance rate — or 9 percent violation rate — at the Celebration. The Celebration's own compliance figure, released Thursday, is higher.


@HoofcareJournal writes: In a normal year, the Walking horse soring controversy fades from the news as soon as the Celebration ends on Labor Day weekend.


But this year is different and it may continue to be differet. While industry vs USDA inspection statistics may conflict, the bigger story may be that if the Horse Protect Act Amendments of 2012 pass Congress (after being introduced last week), the landscape of inspections and the entire showing scene wil be changed forever.


Keep reading Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog and the Jurga Report for more news on the future of Tennessee walking horse showing.

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Paynter Laminitis Watch: Podiatry-Vet Fraley Amazed at Progress Since Hoof Casts Applied | Hoof Blog

Paynter Laminitis Watch: Podiatry-Vet Fraley Amazed at Progress Since Hoof Casts Applied | Hoof Blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

@HoofcareJournal writes: Paynter's hoof-specialist veterinarian Bryan Fraley is "amazed at his progress" as the colt recovers from laminitis and colitis wearing hoof casts.


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