Radiography

The value of looking through casts to check for proper coffin bone alignment during a shoeing cycle can reveal valuable information. The time to check on the alignment during the shoeing cycle can be anytime during the cycle as long as the time is noted. The reason for radiography is ..click here to continue reading

Cloven Hoof Testimonial

I would like to share my experience with the amazing Equicast products! My thirteen year old Paint/Quarter Horse cross, Hildogo, had developed a crack in the center of his right front foot. My husband Ed, a Farrier, kept him shod but the crack kept going higher, causing intermittent lameness. We tried hoof staples to stabilize it but despite our efforts, the crack worsened. It now went all the way up to the coronet band. Click here to continue reading.

The 'Ledge'

THE ‘LEDGE’ By John Stewart, MA Vet, MB, MRCVS The Ledge – Supporting P3

This article appeared in American Farriers Journal May/June 2014 pp 68-70

There seems to be some disagreement between hoofcare professionals as to the role of the sole in weight-bearing. To suggest that the laminar attachment of P3, with transference of the horses weight to the hoof wall, is not its major means of support seems to me as absurd as suggesting the sole should take no part in weight-bearing. The consequence of breakdown of the laminar attachment and  click here to continue reading..

Trimming

When it comes to trimming

” Are we throwing the baby out with the bath water”

An exploration of hoof trimming concepts

There are many methods that are being discussed about “the perfect trim.” However, sometimes we might be “throwing the baby out with the bath water,” trying to apply “the perfect trim” to some types of hooves that do not have enough material to trim or wall integrity to support a new trim. Shoers and trimmers are still searching for “the perfect trim,” and click here to continue reading...

Phenylbutazone

My Investigation And Questions

By Esco Buff posted on June 11, 2015

Currently, many of the laminitic horses I see as a farrier have been diagnosed by a veterinarian as having PPID (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction), EMS (equine metabolic syndrome), IR (insulin resistance) and/or obesity issues.

In many of these cases, the veterinarian has prescribed phenylbutazone (PBZ) or bute for various reasons. I have also .....click here to continue reading