May 2, 2018

Wondering if your own horse's hooves are flared?  This blog will provide you with several techniques you can use to evaluate your own horse's hooves for flaring.

Flares can easily be felt with your hands by running your hands down the hoof wall from the coronary band to...

April 25, 2018

What exactly is founder?  Founder is when the capsule wall and the coffin bone become detached; this detachment occurs when the sensitive and insensitive laminae are separated due to inflammation, bacterial/fungal disease, or mechanical forces.  This blog will illustra...

April 18, 2018

Do you have a horse prone to abscesses, seedy-toe, or white line disease?  Did you know hoof flaring could be to blame?  This blog will illustrate how hoof flaring can increase the chance of white line disease and abscesses.

Remember from the “Hoof School” blog ser...

April 11, 2018

Have you ever been told your horse has flat feet and/or thin soles?  Did you know both of these problems could actually be the result of hoof flaring?  This blog will illustrate how flaring decreases hoof concavity and sole thickness.

Let’s start by making sure you...

April 4, 2018

The goal of this blog series on hoof flaring is to help you understand and visualize what hoof flaring is and how it affects the structures of the hoof. Let’s get started!

November 6, 2017

Let’s think through why trimming is necessary in the first place.  In the wild the hoof is designed to grow at the same rate at which it is worn by nature’s “emery board.”  In other words, the horse’s daily movement required for survival in the wild over natural terrai...

October 30, 2017

This will be the last blog providing additional tools to evaluate your own horse’s hooves based on the blueprint provided by the internal structures.  We will now be moving from evaluating the bottom of the hoof to evaluating the outside of the hoof capsule.  We will s...

October 24, 2017

The bar wall is one of the most controversial subjects among hoof care providers; there are many different schools of thought, theories, and opinions.  I encourage you all to review the anatomy portion of this blog series on lateral cartilages and bar tubules as you re...

October 18, 2017

Now for some fun stuff you can do with your own horses!  We’ll will use our knowledge of the relationship of the fulcrum width and baseline-to-toe length to evaluate your own horse's hooves.  You will need to start by locating the baseline.  When locating the baseline...

October 16, 2017

You should now have a good basic understanding of the anatomy of the hoof and how the hoof capsule grows from the internal structures from reading the previous blogs in this series.  We will use this knowledge of the internal structures and how the hoof capsule grows f...

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