EDSS Hoof Care Blog

October 6, 2007

The information contained within these notes will help simplify many issues that pertained to lateral/medial hoof balance, dorsal/palmar hoof balance, as well as establishing a reliable formula for detecting and treating hoof deformities and distortions before they hav...

July 27, 2007

Introduction

Horses that are pigeon-toed and/or base narrow are frequently seen to have lameness and gait fault issues.  Ring bone, coffin joint disease, and collateral ligament lesions, as well as tripping and stumbling are common with these horses.  Most of these lame...

March 31, 2007

The skills and understanding that are required for the overall practice of hoof care in horses covers a broad spectrum.  From blacksmithing and metal work, to horse handling and customer care, a farrier’s job is multifaceted.  With that in mind, the tools and informati...

March 15, 2007

There are many common factors connected with lower limb lameness (LLL).  Horses that are driven or ridden in a straight line are less affected by lower limb lameness than those horses who are asked to continually and repeatedly turn circles and make complicated lateral...

January 15, 2006

     I think most hoof care practitioners would agree that preventing lameness is much easier than treating lameness.  Hoof distortion is shown to be one of the main causes of lower limb lameness.  In light of that, with proper information and guidelines to evaluate th...

March 15, 2005

Part 1: The Complicated Underlying Problems

     Laminitis is a devastating condition in which the laminae of the hoof become diseased or damaged, and the coffin bone loses its attachment to the outer hoofwall. The shifting of the bone inside the foot as a result of lam...

May 1, 2004

     Fractures of the Distal Phalanx (DP) are not a rare event, although many farriers and vets may complete their career without ever encountering one.  Traditional treatments for DP fractures have not progressed much. Treatments range from stall rest, plaster casts o...

May 1, 2004

     Treating laminitis takes time, expertise and sufficient finance to maintain the equine until recovery is complete. The length of treatment is governed by:

 

1) The severity of the case.

 

2) Early treatment utilizing both correctly fitted Styrofoam hoof...

May 1, 2004

     I was presented this case on 20th May, 2000. The horse was a warm blood mare 15:3 hands high, her job is dressage, at grand prix level. She was presented to me with bleeding quarter cracks on the medial side of both front feet. A heavy toe first landing was observ...

October 1, 1998

    The laminitis disease is termed serious, complicated, and often times life threatening.  Treatment procedures vary from medical assistance to mechanical treatments, or combinations of both.  Opinions of the urgency in which to apply mechanical treatment devices sha...

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