Articles - hoof care

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Saving Sunny

It was a cold day when Dr. Larry Butler of OVLAC arrived to x-ray Sunny, but by employing a tiny heater and working quickly he managed to get the images

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Shoes in winter?

Some people decide to remove their horse's shoes for the winter in order to give their feet a "break." Unfortunately, this can be a very literal thing.

By: HPG
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Hoof Canker

A hoof canker is believed to be caused by a micro-organism, possibly the Fusobacterium necrophorum, which is known to be involved in foot rot in sheep.

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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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Is my horse better off with or without shoes?

Some might say your horse is always better off barefoot, while others would argue that shoes could be good depending on the type of work he does.

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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.

By: Hans Wiza
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The Underrun Heel

A common ailment of the hoof that affects all three areas is a condition known as the underrun heel, this article goes into detail about what this means.

By: Hans Wiza