Articles - Hoof Care

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Inside the Crumbling Hoof: White Line Disease

Learn how to recognize, treat and prevent the destructive infection, white line disease, which causes progressive separation of the hoof wall.

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Understanding Hoof Angles

Regardless as to whether the horse is barefoot or shod, several features are deemed to be acceptable and others are not, when it comes to hoof angles.

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When Rot is Afoot: Thrush

You start to pick out your horse's hoof and get a nasty whiff of what can only be described as rot . . . Your horse has thrush.

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Preventing Snowballs

Compacted snowballs and ice in horses’ hooves can result in bruised soles and abscesses, and they also make horses dangerously prone to slipping.

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Do Your Horse’s Feet Have Healthy Digital Cushions?

Find out what digital cushions are, and the functions they perform for your horse’s hooves. Also learn how to tell if your horse’s are healthy.

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Top 22 Shoeing FAQs

Could your horse benefit from wearing shoes? Certified journeyman farrier, Jonathan Taylor, explains the whys, hows, and whats of horseshoeing.

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What is Retained Sole?

Hoof expert Susan Kauffmann explains how to tell the difference between excess sole and flat feet, and what to do about this retained sole.

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Assessing Hoof Angles

Hoof expert Susan Kauffmann describes three hoof angles you should know to help keep your horse sound. Learn how to identify and assess them.

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Hoof Mechanics Makeovers

Farrier Hans Wiza uses three different case studies to demonstrate how even just one geometry-based shoeing can make a huge difference in a horse's hoof conformation and movement.

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Why Go Barefoot?

Find out the benefits of barefoot trimming for horses. Barefoot trimmer, Anne Riddell, explains, it’s not just a matter of forsaking the shoes.