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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.



Horse Disease - Update on Navicular Disease
Explore the latest options for diagnosing and managing this confounding lameness.

Hoof Care and Lameness - Packing Your Horse's Hooves
Does your horse behave as if his feet are a little ouchy" after a long trail ride over rough terrain? Are his tootsies tired by the end of a long day of showing?

Preventing arthritis in senior horses
Osteoarthrtis is a reality of aging, but with good management, it doesn't have to mean an end of your horse's working life.

Hoof Care and Lameness - Could Your Horse's Shoeing Pass Inspection?
How to evaluate good shoeing vs. poor shoeing.

Hoof Care and Lameness - Protective Legwear
Using protective legwear is a smart and easy way to protect your horse's legs from bumps, bangs and strains.

Horse Health - Winter Horse Shoeing
A farrier offers advice on keeping your horse safe and comfortable in snow and ice.

Hoof Care and Lameness - Equine Tendon and Ligament Injuries
A veterinarian discusses common tendon and ligament injuries, and offers advice on recovery.

Horse Thrush - Thrush in Horse Hooves
If your horse's hooves become infected with thrush, follow these treatment tips.

Video: Thrush in the Equine Hoof
What is thrush, how does it affect a horse's hoof, and how can it be prevented?

Horse First Aid - Trail Riding Injuries
A little first-aid know-how and a cool head will go a long way if your horse sustains an injury on the trail.

Horse Disease - The Truth About Ringbone
Is this disease really the end for a riding horse? Find out the latest prognosis.

Video: White Line Disease
Two Minutes with Tab" series from Vettec Inc addresses common hoof ailments and health problems.

Horse Grooming - Winter Weather Can Mean Wet, Soft Hooves
If your horse cannot avoid living in damp footing during the wintertime, he may be prone to thrush and abscesses in his feet.

Research Needed to Better Understand Navicular Disease
On Behalf of the Equine Research Coordination Group

Regenerative Therapies May Aid Healing in Tendon and Ligament Injuries
VetCell Bioscience Offers Services to Help Repair Connective Tissue Damage

Tendon and Ligament Injuries in Horses
New treatements offer hope, but more research is needed to help prevent these common injuries.

Overuse of Stretches Could Be Harmful to Horses
A recent study shows that daily equine stretches might do more harm than good.

Poor Posture in Riders Linked to Back Problems in Horses
A recent study shows a correlation between weak riders and spinal issues in their mounts.

Lameness Locator could take the guesswork out of diagnosing lameness
The new technology is designed to analyze a horse's gait accurately and objectively.

Good nutrition is the key to healthy hooves
Poor-quality hooves could be an indication of other problems.

Hoof care needs are different for every horse
Horse owners should work with their vet and farrier to come up with an optimal hoof care regimen.

Get the Hang of Pull-On Bell Boots
If your horse over-reaches, try putting on bell boots.

What To Do When Laminitis Strikes
An extensive article provides first-aid tips for horses suffering from this devastating disease.

Horse Behavior - Reasons for Horse Behavior Problems
Common behavior issues in horses may be their way of telling us something.

Building a Sound Future
How to start a young horse correctly.

Video: How to Pull a Loose Horse Shoe
Watch step-by-step instructions on how to remove your horse's loose shoe.

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