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Hoof Care Your horse needs regular hoof care and farrier visits for his health and soundness. Read on for all of our resources on diagnosing and treating common hoof ailments, recognizing lameness, and developing a plan with your veterinarian and farrier to keep your horse sound throughout his lifetime.

Equestrian Life - Expense Report
HI talks to horse owners across the nation to compare horsekeeping expenses.

Bandaging a Hoof
Keep your horse's foot protected until the farrier arrives

Horse Health - First-Aid for Laminitis
Improve your horses' chance of surviving laminitis with these first-aid tips.

Train Your Horse to Pick Up a Foot
Step-by-step advice for teaching your horse to pick up a hoof.

How to Pull a Loose Shoe
A loose shoe is a danger to your horse. Learn how to take care of it when your farrier isn't around.

Treating an Abscess
A few simple steps to treat this common ailment will help to bring your horse back to soundness.

Question of the Week: Capped Hocks
What can I do for my horse's capped hocks?

Question of the Week: Floating Patella
My horse has been diagnosed with a floating patella. What does that mean?

Hitting a Nerve
Find out how nerve blocking and nerving are used to diagnose and treat lameness in horses.

Horse Health Advice - Hoof Abscess
Christoph Koch, DMV, advises what to do while waiting for the vet to arrive.

Question of the Week: Keeping Joints Healthy
What can I do to preserve my horse's joints as he ages?

Question of the Week: Laminitis Recovery Time
How long should I wait before bringing my horse back to a normal work schedule after laminitis?

Question of the Week: Osteochondritis dissecans
My OTTB has been diagnosed with OCD. How will this affect his training?

Question of the Week: Pedal Osteitis
My horse has been diagnosed with pedal osteitis. Is there anything I can do to help him?

Ask the Vet: Preventing Joint Degeneration
How can horse owners be proactive to reduce the risk of future joint problems?

Ask the Vet: Preventing Laminitis
My horse recently recovered from laminitis. How do I prevent it from happening again?

Question of the Week: Ringbone
My horse has severe ringbone. Is there anything I can do to keep him pasture sound?

Question of the Week: Dealing with an Old Injury
Will an old sesamoid stress fracture come back to haunt my horse?

Question of the Week: Stocking Up
A vet describes this common condition and how to avoid it.

Ask the Expert: Subchondral Bone Cysts
My horse has been diagnosed with a bone cyst in his hoof. How will this affect his performance in the future?

Ask the Vet: The First Signs of Lameness
Does a lame horse always warrant a call to the vet?

Question of the Week: Fear of the Farrier
My horse had a bad experience with the farrier. How do I regain her trust?

Alternative Hoofwear: Thinking Beyond Traditional Horseshoes
Barefoot or nailed-on shoes aren't your only options for healthy hooves.

Causes of Equine Lameness: Degenerative Joint Disease
Degenerative Joint Disease is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses.

Causes of Equine Lameness: Foot Abscess
A foot abscess is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses.

Causes of Lameness: Heel Pain
Heel pain is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses.

Causes of Equine Lameness: Navicular Syndrome
Navicular Syndrome is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses.

Causes of Equine Lameness: Tendon and Ligament Injury
Tendon and ligament injuries are among the most common causes of lameness in horses.

Horse Grooming - Grooming for the Health of It
Whether your horse is a trail expert or show stopper, ridden daily or retired, stalled or turned out, your horse needs daily grooming to help maintain good health.

Developmental Orthopedic Disease in Young Horses
Here's an overview of developmental abnormalities that affect young horses.

Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO)
DMSO isn't always the best choice for treating a horse's lameness.

Exercise-Related Injuries
With new technologies for treatment, the outcome for performance horse injuries looks brighter than ever.

A Good Start for Healthy Horse Joints
Take care of your young horse's joints today to keep him happy and healthy through his life.

Experts' Opinions on Keeping a Barefoot Horse
Much has been made about all the extras and the precise care the barefoot horse needs. Some of this advice is valid, but some of it should be carefully considered. Here's what the experts have to say:

Hoof Care for Foals
Proper hoof care from a young age will help your foal maintain lifetime soundness.

Hoof care videos help horse owners understand hoof health
"Two Minutes with Tab" series from Vettec Inc addresses common hoof ailments and health problems.

Guide to Horse Hoof Problems
Keeping your horse's feet healthy is key to keeping him sound.

Video: Basic Hoof Trim
Two Minutes with Tab" series from Vettec Inc addresses common hoof ailments and health problems.

Horse First Aid - Hoof Abscesses and Puncture Wounds
Delve into the causes of and cures for hoof abscesses and puncture wounds.

Hoof Care and Lameness - 8 Hoof Care Myths
Experts address common misconceptions about hoof care.

Senior Horse - Joint Injections for Horses
Top veterinarians share opinions on the risks and rewards of joint injections.

Inside a Lameness Exam
Learn what vets look for in a lameness evaluation.

Horse Disease - Mud-Related Health Problems
Veterinary experts offer tips for coping with mud-related health problems.

How to Manage and Prevent Thrush
Wet weather and muddy conditions can cause this smelly and often harmful hoof infection.

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