Authors: C. A. Kirker-Head, G. Krane
Journal: Equine Veterinary Education

Horse health is best served when farriers and veterinarians collaborate in the care of their patients. Veterinary Teaching Hospitals (VTHs) provide an environment that can nurture that collaboration. While VTH veterinary services are well known, VTH farrier activities are undocumented.

Category: Equine - Podiatry
Authors: C. A. Kirker-Head, M. Schwoegler
Journal: Equine Veterinary Education

Private equine hospital practices (PEHPs) may optimise patient healthcare by combining veterinary and farrier services. While PEHP veterinary services are generally well known, existing PEHP farrier services require better characterisation.

Category: Equine - Podiatry
Authors: Stephen E. O'Grady
Journal: Veterinary Clinics of North America Equine Practice

Laminitis is considered chronic once the distal phalanx has displaced within the hoof capsule. Chronic laminitis generally occurs as a direct sequel to acute laminitis. Clinical evaluation of chronic laminitis is best performed with a thorough clinical examination and radiography. The mainstay of hoof care is therapeutic farriery. In this article, the goals and principles of hoof care, the appropriate trim and various shoes that form the bulk of farriery for chronic laminitis, and surgical treatments are discussed.

Category: Equine - Laminitis - Podiatry
Authors: Adrienne S. Bhatnagar BS, R. Scott Pleasant DVM, MS, DACVS, John J. Dascanio VMD, DABVP, DACT, Stephanie R. Lewis BVSc, A. Grey DVM, Olivia E. Schroeder VMD, Kristine Doyle MS, Jake Hall BS and Rebecca K. Splan MS, PhD
Journal: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science

This study evaluated onset and incidence of palmar process fractures in foals and investigated corresponding changes in hoof conformation. Radiographs of 17 warmblood foals were taken at 1 week and at 2, 4, 6, 8, and 12 months of age and examined for evidence of palmar process fractures. Hoof parameters were measured from the radiographs, and comparisons were made between fractured and nonfractured feet. All foals suffered at least one fracture during the study period, with an average age of 3.68 ± 0.20 months at fracture occurrence.

Authors: Babak Faramarzi, DVM, PhD; Jeffrey J. Thomason, BSc, PhD; William C. Sears, MSc, MS
Journal: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Objective—To quantitate changes in hoof wall growth and hoof morphology induced by mild exercise in Standardbreds.

Animals—18 Standardbreds.

Category: Equine - Podiatry
Authors: Doughty, A.; Cross, N.; Robins, A.; Phillips, C.J.C.
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

Reasons for performing study: There are ethical concerns regarding the loss of horses from various equine industries and their corresponding slaughter. However, to date, no empirical evidence regarding the extent of this loss, nor of the condition of horses involved, exists within Australia.

Objectives: To determine the approximate ages, brand type and condition of feet of horses relinquished to an export abattoir in Australia.

Category: Equine - Podiatry
Authors: Ducro, B.J.; Gorissen, B.; van Eldik, P.; Back, W.
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

Reasons for performing study: Warmblood horse studbooks aim to breed horses with a conformation that will enable elite future sports performance, but reduce the risk of early retirement due to lameness. Negative conformational traits, such as asymmetrical or 'uneven' forefeet may possibly shorten the career of sporthorses.

Objectives: To investigate the significance of foot conformation at young age to duration of the career of sporthorses.

Authors: Ducro, B.J.; Bovenhuis, H.; Back, W.
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

Reasons for performing study: Warmblood horse studbooks aim to breed horses with a conformation that will enable elite future performance, but reduce the risk of injuries and lameness. Negative conformational traits, such as asymmetrical or 'uneven' forefeet would possibly diminish performance.

Objectives: To assess the prevalence and heritability of uneven feet and its genetic relationship to other conformation traits as well as to sporting performance later in life in Warmblood riding horses.

Authors: White, J.M.; Mellor, D.J.; Duz, M.; Lischer, C.J.; Voute, L.C.
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal


Reasons for performing study: Rigorous evaluation of practicable methods for the objective assessment of foot conformation has not been performed.

Objectives: To assess the practicability, precision and accuracy of the process of obtaining measurements of horses' feet using photography and image processing software.

Authors: Stephen E. O'Grady DVM, MRCVS
Journal: Veterinary Clinics Equine Practice

Proper farriery promotes a healthy functional foot and biomechanical efficiency and prevents lameness. Because the equine veterinarian is responsible for the soundness of the horse, a working knowledge of farriery becomes essential. A thorough knowledge of traditional horseshoeing enables the veterinarian to interact with the farrier at the farrier's level; this ultimately enhances and promotes quality hoof care.

Category: Equine - Podiatry