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Hoof Care


August 2011

Thrush is an invasion of frog tissue by opportunistic bacteria and fungi which thrive in moist, low oxygen environments. It can occur in any horse, but is most often seen in those horses with narrow or contracted heels that also have a precipitous central sulcus, which is the ideal environment for thrush.

Seedy Toe

August 2011

Seedy toe (also known as white line disease) is the invasion and subsequent destruction and consumption of the inner hoof wall keratin by various species of fungi or bacteria or a symbiosis of both. Seedy Toe has the appearance of black paste or crumbly grey/white cheese. The resultant cavity is often jammed with grass seeds – hence the name. Short term effects:

Acute Laminitis

November 2010

Laminitis is an emergency. This article aims to give the reader a better understanding of laminitis disease including what signs to look out for, what to do if your horse develops laminitis, and what technology is available to help diagnose and treat your horse.  

Do Hoof Boots work?

July 2010

As an Equine Myofunctional Therapist, Hoof Boot Consultant and course co-ordinator for the Australian College of Equine Podiotherapy, I receive every day emails from those who have horses with hoof issues and are looking for easy ways to transition their horses out of shoes.

To be or not to be barefoot... a farrier's perspective

May 2010

To be or not to be barefoot! That is the question in this month's article.   All of us as horse owners make a decision at one time or another to put shoes on our horses or leave them unshod or 'barefoot'. This article will outline the issues around making this decision.  I will discuss when horses should have shoes and when not and potential problems with both shod and unshod horses.

Lameness problems in horses

December 2009

Lameness problems should be investigated in a systematic fashion rather than just guessing what is wrong with the horse.  Obtaining a diagnosis is not always easy but  it is an essential step to successful treatment.   Lameness can be evident whilst at rest or during movement and is defined as a deviation from a normal gait.  Lameness can be due to trauma, congenital conditions (e.g contracted tendons), an acquired abnormality (e.g OCD) and infection as well as  less common metabolic, circulatory and nervous system disorders. Influence of the owner/rider


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