Hoof Care

5 things that can lead repeated hoof abscesses

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Frequent hoof abscesses are a sign of a predisposing condition that needs to be addressed. READ MORE

How to figure out forging

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM A rhythmic clunking noise underfoot as your horse trots is the sound of forging, which occurs when his hind hoof reaches forward and strikes the toe of the forefoot... READ MORE

When to worry about a hoof crack

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Here's a rundown of common hoof defects, ranked from least troubling to most serious. READ MORE

The Fundamentals of Farriery Manners

by Heather Smith Thomas It’s never too late to teach your horse to be more at ease with having his hooves handled. READ MORE

Q&A: A rash of hoof abscesses

Q: I have a 13-year-old Clydesdale gelding who, up until last year, had never had any health issues. Now, however, he seems to have developed a susceptibility for hoof abscesses. At one point... READ MORE

What to do about a loose shoe

by Laurie Bonner Schedule a visit with your farrier as soon as you notice a loose shoe. But in the meantime, you’ll want to take steps to either keep it in place or remove it. READ MORE

Is it a hoof abscess?

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Before you assume your lame horse has an abscess, run through a few simple tests. READ MORE

Winter Hoof Hazards

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Make sure to take care of your horse's hooves this winter READ MORE

Manage Your Horse for Stronger Hooves

by Christine Barakat It's easy to take healthy hooves for granted. For most of us, hoof care means calling the farrier out every six weeks or so, along with an occasional once over and clean outs with the hoof... READ MORE

Manage Your Horse for Stronger Hooves

Each day brings another opportunity to help your horse grow better feet. Here’s a simple hoof-building strategy you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. READ MORE

When to Let Nails Be

It's natural to want to remove a nail or other object that has punctured your horse's hoof, but it is not always the best first response. READ MORE

What To Do When You Find a Lost Shoe

If you find a shoe in the field, track down the horse it came from and do a quick assessment for any damage. READ MORE

6 simple ways to prevent thrush

by the Editors of EQUUS magazine Follow these steps to help prevent this common, smelly infection of the underside of the hoof. READ MORE

Explaining Equine Canker

A veterinary expert describes how he treats this stubborn, smelly hoof condition. READ MORE

Stay Alert for Laminitis this Fall

Equine laminitis isn't just a springtime problem. Here's why you need to remain on guard for laminitis well into the fall. READ MORE

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