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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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Laminitis Takes Its Toll (Again): Champion scurry driving pony who won six times at Horse of the Year Show put down - Horse & Hound

Laminitis Takes Its Toll (Again): Champion scurry driving pony who won  six times at Horse of the Year Show put down - Horse & Hound | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

@HoofcareJournal writes: Yes, his name really was Pooh Bear, and he was one for the veterinary textbooks. After surviving laminitis earlier in his life, the pony came back to win again after several tendon injuries and a diagnosis of Cushing's disease (PPID).

 

In the end, the laminitis related to his PPID dictated the horse owner's difficult decision.

 

Be sure to read this article on the Horse and Hound web site. Just click on the headline or image to read it.

 

And, of course, his harness-mate was named Piglet.

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Friends at Work: Part-time farrier in Iowa gets her kicks in shoeing horses--and riding them! --Sioux City Journal

Friends at Work: Part-time farrier in Iowa gets her kicks in shoeing horses--and riding them! --Sioux City Journal | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Dani Rueter gets her kicks out of being a farrier.

 

...There are horse enthusiasts that dot Siouxland's landscape. And for every quarter horse running barrels and chasing calves on the rodeo circuit, there's a farrier standing behind.

 

Or, under them, as the case may be.

 

How ScoopIt works: Click on the bold headline or image to read Dani's story.

 

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ChurchillDowns: Today is the 6th anniversary of Barbaro's death

MT @churchilldowns: Today is the 6th anniversary of @KentuckyDerby champion #Barbaro's death. Remember his greatness: http://t.co/BTMt6xoI
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Perfect fit: Iowa's Dick Harris Belongs in the Hall of Fame

Perfect fit: Iowa's Dick Harris Belongs in the Hall of Fame | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Dick Harris didn’t walk to school or take the bus. He rode a horse. “He was always late,” says Jean Harris, Dick’s wife of more than 60 years, with a smile. He had a good excuse one morning. His horse needed new shoes.

 

“My dad said ‘Well, do it,’” Dick, 85, says.

 

Click on the image or headline to read the full story in the Iowa City Gazette.

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@HoofcareJournal writes: Congratulations to Dick Harris, a founder of the Iowa Professional Farriers Association. He started shoeing horses in 1944...and he's still at it. And it sounds like he is about to be inducted in the Horseshoers Hall of Fame.

 

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Will the Kentucky Horse Park host a controversial 'padded' Walking horse event? -- Lexington Herald-Leader

Will the Kentucky Horse Park host a controversial 'padded' Walking horse event? -- Lexington Herald-Leader | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"A controversial breed might be getting a new hoof in the door at the Kentucky Horse Park, and equine welfare groups are not happy.

 

"The Horse Park is in negotiations to allow a sale this month of Tennessee walking horses, possibly including some wearing controversialhoof pads that exaggerate their gait. The Kentucky After Christmas Sale hopes to offer about 300 horses for sale Jan. 25 and 26.

 

"Horse Park director John Nicholson (shown) said that legal activities have a right to use the state-run park. Padded horses are legal — although several groups headquartered on the park's campus, including the American Association of Equine Practitioners, are working to change that.

 

"The organizers of the sale say they want to be transparent and will use inspectors that the state specifies.

 

"During the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Horse Park, Games organizers would not allow padded Tennessee walking horses to perform.

 

"Given that and the bad publicity in the past few years concerning padded horses, the Horse Park seems to be going "against the tide," said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for the Humane Society of the United States."

 

Fran Jurga's insight:

 

@HoofcareJournal writes: I'd call this article "The Kentucky Horse Park's Slippery Slope". The last time I checked, the Walking horse breed was alive and legal, in spite of the scandals that affect its show scene.

 

Can the Horse Park afford to turn away a paying event--and does this set a dangerous precedent?

 

What horse breed or sport does not have its critics?

 

The Horse Park should do the right thing and welcome the Walking horses with open gates. The park has a lot to offer those owners and breeders, who may be looking for new ways to show and train their wonderful horses, when and if the Whitfield Act is passed by Congress and the "Big Lick" becomes history.

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After War Horse blog, Fran Jurga marches onward

After War Horse blog, Fran Jurga marches onward | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Fran Jurga has spent her professional life weaving delightful stories about veterinarians and farriers, the unsung heroes of the horse world, for her popular websites, The Jurga Report for EQUUS Magazine and The Hoof Blog for her own Hoofcare Publishing.

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Hoof Boot Solution for an Arthritic Friesian Horse - The Martha Stewart Blog

Hoof Boot Solution for an Arthritic Friesian Horse - The Martha Stewart Blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"There is a lot of controversy about whether to shoe a horse or not, as many of you have commented on this blog. 


"Betsy Perreten, my stable manager, and I feel that shoes are appropriate for my Friesians because of the type of riding we do, mostly on dirt roads and trails through the woods. 


"We also employ a knowledgeable and capable farrier, Linda Friedman, who takes great care of the horses’ hooves and fits and changes their shoes regularly.  Meindert, one of my horses, hasn’t worn rear shoes in quite some time.  He suffers from arthritis and has difficulty holding his rear legs up for Linda to shoe. 


"Betsy is very in-tune with the horses and can read their moods quite well.  When Meindert is feeling fine, she likes to keep him active and will take him out for short, easy rides. 


"Recently, she got him some hoof boots for his rear feet from a company called Easy Care Inc. and from the looks of things, Meindert really loves wearing them."


@HoofcareJournal wrote: Kudos to Martha Stewart for trying to keep her horse safe and (hopefully) comfortable this winter.


This blog post is a slide show of the process of outfitting a Friesian horse with Easycare hoof boots that were ordered by mail. A few weeks ago, Ms Stewart documented the process known around here as "winter shoeing" on the rest of her Friesian herd.


Click on the headline or image to open the article on the Martha Blog.


Read lots more about hoof boots, horseshoes and everything in between on Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog.

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Vanishing Jobs? Farriers to be here as long as there are horses via American Press

Vanishing Jobs? Farriers to be here as long as there are horses via American Press | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

It’s been nearly a century since Americans relied on horses as regular transportation, but that doesn’t mean that farriers — individuals who specialize in hoof care — are a dying breed.


Marcantel’s Farrier Service owner Shane Marcantel said farriers will be necessary as long as people own horses.


However, Marcantel said, it may seem that the industry is 'fading' because the tough economy can preclude recreational horse owners from seeking out the services of a professional farrier, limiting farrier clientele to those who earn a living from owning horses.


@HoofcareJournal wrote: Here's the perspective of a farrier in Louisiana on his profession. Is his point of view different from a farrier's in Oregon or Pennsylvania?


The economy has affected farriers differently, and here's one point of view on why Scott is confident he'll survive.


Click on the headline or photo to open the original article.


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Farewell to... Parelli trainer and farrier James Roberts - Horse & Hound

Farewell to... Parelli trainer and farrier James Roberts - Horse & Hound | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"More than 500 people turned out to pay their respects at the Wiltshire (England) funeral of Parelli trainer and farrier James Roberts, who was killed in a car crash last month at the age of 34..."


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Hard to explain but easy to smell: Dr Scott Morrison on equine canker for EQUUS Magazine | Equisearch

Hard to explain but easy to smell: Dr Scott Morrison on equine canker for EQUUS Magazine | Equisearch | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

From the article:


Canker is rare and is mostly diagnosed in wet, muddy climates of the southern United States. It seems to be most common in drafts, but I have seen it in other types of horses as well.


Although some lesions may be small, about the size of a dime, others can be quite widespread and damaging. I’ve seen severe cases where large regions of the hoof capsule have sloughed off from the separation caused by the disease.


Another serious case involved the digital cushion (the tissue mass that lies above the frog within the hoof capsule) and almost progressed to the deep digital flexor tendon. It is important to recognize and treat canker early before the infection extends that far and gets too serious.

Click on the big bold headline or image to open the article on Equisearch.com.

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@HoofcareJournal writes: Dr. Scott Morrison of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky takes on the task of explaining something that is difficult to explain...but easy to smell.

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Women in veterinary medicine are leaders in gender accomplishments in the workplace (via CNN)

Women in veterinary medicine are leaders in gender accomplishments in the workplace (via CNN) | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Read about how employment statistics stack up for women in vet med vs other professions...

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Champion New Zealand sire Thorn Park euthanized after support-limb laminitis and navicular infection

Champion New Zealand sire Thorn Park euthanized after support-limb laminitis and navicular infection | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Windsor Park Stud reported that on Saturday morning Champion Sire Thorn Park (AUS) was laid to rest at the Stud at Cambridge after succumbing to a long-running and deep-seated infection in the navicular bone of his near hind foot.


Over the past few months every effort has been made by veterinarians and staff to overcome the infection, which also gave rise to laminitis in his off hind foot.


While good progress had been made in the lamanitic foot unfortunately the infection in his near hind foot proved insurmountable a statement from the Stud said.


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


Photo courtesy of Windsor Park Stud.

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Hoof Blog On the Case: Wrapping Up a White Line Disease Rebuild

Hoof Blog On the Case: Wrapping Up a White Line Disease Rebuild | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"The new Southern California Equine Podiatry Center team of lameness-specialist veterinarian Mark Silverman DVM, MS and creative-thinking farrier Ernest Woodward share treatment of a white line disease case using a three-layer Poly/Vectran® update..."


@FranJurga writes: You don't usually hear "high tech", "hoof repair" and "economical" in the same sentence, but this article proves that it's possible--and often the horse can end up the winner.


No case of white line disease is ever easy but you should know that you don't have to wait until the whole wall is undermined before you look for help.


This is the third in a series of "On the Case" stories from Silverman and Woodward, whose new business outside San Diego is taking off.


Find out why on the Hoof Blog!


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Horses vs Elephants in Foot Research Test at Royal Veterinary College -- The Hoof Blog

Horses vs Elephants in Foot Research Test at Royal Veterinary College -- The Hoof Blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

How do the digital cushions of horses and elephants react to the vertical force of the weight of the animal during a stride? Royal Veterinary College PhD researcher Sharon Warner documented the differences--and similarities--between the two in the Structure and Motion Laboratory.

 

Hoof science turns up in some unexpected places, and it is always a joy to report on it when it does. That was the case earlier this month at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) annual meeting in San Francisco.

 

At SICB, the Royal Veterinary College’s Sharon Warner, a PhD student working with Professor Hutchinson and others, brought the horse’s foot front and center by placing it next to an elephant’s foot, and jumping off from there...

 

How ScoopIt Works: Click on the headline or image to open the full detailed article on The Hoof Blog.

 

@FranJurga asks, "Have you ever seen the bottom of an elephant's foot? How does the digital cushion in an elephant's soft foot react when the animal's weight is on it, compared to a horse, whose digital cushion is mostly encased in a hard hoof capsule?

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Two British men fined for illegal farriery work -- Horsetalk

Two British men fined for illegal farriery work -- Horsetalk | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Two men in Britain have been successfully prosecuted for carrying out  illegal farriery.

 

In Britain, it is an offence for anyone other than a registered farrier, approved farriery apprentice or veterinary surgeon to shoe a horse, or otherwise carry out farriery.

 

How ScoopIt works: Click on the image or headline to open the article and read it.

 

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@HoofcareJournal writes: Interesting that a man convicted of illegal farriery would be able to get an apprenticeship! These are two interesting cases.

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@HoofcareJournal writes: Interesting that a man convicted of illegal farriery would be able to get an apprenticeship! These are two interesting cases.

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Roland's nags and nails: with every mistake, a lesson is learnt - Horse & Hound Online (blog)

Roland's nags and nails: with every mistake, a lesson is learnt - Horse & Hound Online (blog) | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

With every mistake, a lesson is learnt. That said, I was wearing thermals, including long johns, which apparently, according to Kris, my training farrier, still makes...

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Army Caisson Platoon farrier is marching in Inauguration Day parade | KPAX Missoula

Army Caisson Platoon farrier is marching in Inauguration Day parade | KPAX Missoula | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

MISSOULA, MONTANA - A soldier from Ronan, Montana who's stationed at Arlington National Cemetery recently got a prestigious call - - an invitation to be part of the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

 

Sergeant Rick Luchau is a farrier for the Army's Caisson Platoon, which uses horses to conduct full honors funerals for fallen soldiers at the Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Luchau will carry the regimental colors on Monday while leading 14 other platoon soldiers and their horses down the streets of Washington.

 

Click on the headline or image to read the full story

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Congratulations, Sergeant Luchau--we'll be looking for you in the parade today!

 

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Congratulations, Sergeant Luchau--we'll be looking for you in the parade today!

 

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Walking horse owning state senator cited for violating federal Horse Protection Act scar rule | Kentucky.com

Walking horse owning state senator cited for violating federal Horse Protection Act scar rule | Kentucky.com | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

A high-profile walking horse proponent and padded horse rider, Kentucky state Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, has suffered an equine black eye.

 

At the annual meeting of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association in December, Webb criticized the AAEP and other veterinary groups who have called for a ban, dubbing them "agenda-driven entities."

 

Webb said, "Every breed has training techniques that animal-rights groups find offensive."

 

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@FranJurga writes: Janet Patton of the Lexington Herald-Leader prods at a tender spot in horse show scandals--her story exposes an owner , and an elected politician, at that, whose horse was found in violation of the Horse Protection Act at a show.

 

Will public pressure on the owners make a difference in bringing about change in the Walking horse world? Webb holds the line and defends the status quo.

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Scientists slowly solving laminitis mysteries | Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Scientists slowly solving laminitis mysteries | Western College of Veterinary Medicine | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"Recent research has given veterinarians a better understanding of equine laminitis, but a leading authority of the disease points out that there’s still much to be discovered about one of the horse industry’s most challenging health issues.


"Dr. James Belknap, a professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Ohio State University and a well-known researcher in the field of equine laminitis, talked about the disease during a special presentation at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)..."


Click on the headline or image to go to the article.


@hoofcarejournal writes: If you'd like to read a quick review of what is going on in the current era of laminitis research, here's the article for you!

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Undercover Video Investigation of the Year: Walking Horse Cruelty | ABC NEWS

Undercover Video Investigation of the Year: Walking Horse Cruelty | ABC NEWS | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"On the day of the ABC News broadcast, Pepsi Co dropped its longtime sponsorshop of the annual Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.


"Shortly afterwards, two of the country's leading veterinary groups joined forces to push Congress for better protection of the horses. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practioners both began urging politicians to ban the use of "action devices" – chains and pads that are often used in conjunction with the chemicals that 'sore' the horses' ankles."


@HoofcareJournal writes: ABC and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) aired the horse industry's ugliest, dirtiest laundry in prime time in 2012. Here's their recap on what impact that investigation had.


Click on the headline or image to go the ABC News report on the impact of their broadcast.


Keep up with all the news of hoofcare in the equine world via Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog.


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New Zealand Farrier Apprentice Aims to Jump to the Top of the Horse and Farrier World

New Zealand Farrier Apprentice Aims to Jump to the Top of the Horse and Farrier World | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
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"When the Taranaki Daily News caught up with recent World Cup winning showjumper Myers this week, he was surrounded by flighty Thoroughbred horses and busy tapping in nails on the one he was shoeing.


"In a short break between clients, Myers revealed a little about himself and his sport.


"The 19-year-old apprentice farrier showed he was a force to be reckoned with in showjumping's top league when scoring an upset win on his 10-year-old gelding Pick Me in a World Cup qualifier at Taupo last weekend."


@hoofcarejournal writes: Remember this name: Tim Myers. He's only 19 but his accomplishment in both showjumping and farriery are putting him on the radar of his sport and his profession.


This article gives background on Tim's dedication to excelling both under and on horses. And he plays rugby, too!


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Scientists slowly solving laminitis mysteries | Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Scientists slowly solving laminitis mysteries | Western College of Veterinary Medicine | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"Recent research has given veterinarians a better understanding of equine laminitis, but a leading authority of the disease points out that there’s still much to be discovered about one of the horse industry’s most challenging health issues.


"Dr. James Belknap, a professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Ohio State University and a well-known researcher in the field of equine laminitis, talked about the disease during a special presentation at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)..."


Click on the headline or image to go to the article.


@hoofcarejournal writes: If you need a quick review of what is going on in the current era of laminitis research, here's the article for you!

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Do You Know a Horsecare Pro Who Deserves the 2013 EQUUS Professional Horseman Award? | EquiSearch

Do You Know a Horsecare Pro Who Deserves the 2013 EQUUS Professional Horseman Award? | EquiSearch | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"Want to recognize that farrier who comes out to replace a lost shoe rain or shine? Would you like to say a big "thank you!" to the vet who helped your horse through a bout of colic?


Or maybe just acknowledge all the hard work your barn manager does day in and day out?


Then nominate your favorite vet, trainer, farrier, stable manager or other professional horseperson. for the 2013 EQUUS Professional Horseman Award contest and you could also win great prizes!"


@HoofcareJournal writes: Hooray! Here's a chance for you to tell the world about someone whose story deserves to be told! 
And you don't have to write from the perspective of a horseowner nominating his or her vet or farrier. Nominate a colleague or an educator or someone who goes above and beyond to donate his or her time, energy, experience or empathy!
It's all kindly sponsored by ProCare, Absorbine and Platinum Performance...thanks!
Click on the link or image to go to the award page and learn what you have to do next!
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Mud fever rampant in Britain as deluge continues - Horse & Hound

Mud fever rampant in Britain  as deluge continues - Horse & Hound | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"With sodden conditions across most of the country (of Great Britain), vets (there) are reporting a high incidence of mud fever this winter.


“There have certainly been more cases than normal,” British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) president Keith Chandler told H&H. “Especially in the south-west and Gloucestershire.”


@Hoofcarejournal writes: Hang on a minute: mud fever (scratches, dew poisoning, etc.) is usually a problem from mid-winter on. The calendar is turned inside out this year.


I'm sure horse owners know that things can only go from bad to worse unless things dry out and their horses' infections can be treated effectively.


What's your best remedy for scratches? There are lots of new products on the market; they'll be tested under this latest outbreak.

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Scawby Forge: The anvil wears out the hammer | via Lincolnshire Life

Scawby Forge: The anvil wears out the hammer | via Lincolnshire Life | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

To the rest of us an anvil is an anvil is an anvil, but to Mike Chatterton, blacksmith and farrier of Scawby, different anvils have different characteristics.


What’s more, once an anvil loses its ‘ring’ it totally affects the way it works metal – it is like a soprano losing her voice. He demonstrates this by banging one fine-sounding anvil with a hammer and then by banging a dud one.


Who would have thought that something as unyielding as an anvil would be so subtle?


@HoofcareJournal writes: The end of this article refers to the saying "The anvil wears out the hammer", which is (of course) a metaphor for so many things in life.


I enjoyed this little article but I loved the photo of Mike in his shop. Some photographer somewhere knows his job well and created a terrific portrait of a man at work!

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