How the Environment Affects Hoof Health

Hooves Change with Seasons by Tab Pigg   Seasonal weather changes have a major effect on horses’ hooves. Hooves change with the weather and may require extra attention and treatment. Ignoring environmental impact on hooves can lead to sole deterioration or other harmful consequences. When it comes to a horse’s …

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What The Horse? Keeping Hooves Maintained and Bars Aligned

Proper and Consistent Trimming is Key by Tab Pigg Proper trimming is vital to preventing lameness and injury for horses. Keeping a horse’s bars aligned and healthy are dependent upon trimming as well. Bars appear as white lines along the frog and are made up of lamina. Think of the …

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Healing White Line Disease

Using Solar Support to Heal Compromised Hooves by Tab Pigg   No matter the season, anytime wet conditions are present bacteria and fungus can get trapped in a horse’s hoof wall. Similar to human toenails, once fungus and bacteria have set in it’s very difficult to conquer. This combination of pathogens in the hoof wall is a recipe for White Line Disease.   The Anatomy of White Line Disease When looking at the bottom of a horse’s hoof, there is a white line that divides the outside of the hoof wall and the sole. This part of the hoof is also …

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Managing Thrush with Protection and Sole Support

by Tab Pigg In the spring, the wet climate, punctuated by ample rain, sets the stage for thrush to run rampant through the barn. Thrush is a bacterial infection that resides in the soft tissue of the frog. The moist environment, combined with manure and mud, create unsanitary conditions in …

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Managing the Laminitic and Foundered Horse

Pour-in Pad

The Advantages of Liquid Pad Technology to Aid Recovery by Tab Pigg, Certified Journeyman Farrier When an equine athlete experiences an episode of laminitis or founder it can be a painful experience. While there are numerous studies and articles on the causes of these two maladies, there is also a …

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