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Hoof care

  Humans have been nailing shoes to the bottom of horses’ hooves for centuries. In Europe, cast bronze shoes were common by about 1000 AD. While barefoot is the most natural condition and is recommended whenever possible, horses often need the...
In this installment of "Two Minutes with Tab," Certified Journeyman Farrier Tab Pigg explains how to treat white line disease. This fungal infection can cause serious problems if left unchecked. Contact your vet or farrier immediately if you notice...
Q: My 5-year-old gelding recently came up lame, and the vet diagnosed him with a bone cyst in the right front foot, between his navicular and coffin bones. He has only been in regular work (including jumping) for the...

Hoof Care for Foals

Regular hoof care is an important part of the health care routine for all horses, starting when they are young foals. If at all possible, begin handling the foal from the day he is born. From then on, make it...
In this installment of "Two Minutes with Tab," Certified Journeyman Farrier Tab Pigg shows how thrush affects the equine hoof, how it can cause secondary problems, and how to avoid it.   Certified Journeyman Farrier Tab Pigg is a technical...

Video: Under Run Heels

In this installment of "Two Minutes with Tab," Certified Journeyman Farrier Tab Pigg looks at a horse with under run heels and shows how targeted trimming can help correct this issue.   Certified Journeyman Farrier Tab Pigg is a technical specialist...

Video: Basic Hoof Trim

In this installment of "Two Minutes with Tab," Certified Journeyman Farrier Tab Pigg discusses basic hoof care and shows a trim on a barefoot hoof. He explains what he is doing and why as well as the ultimate goal...
Edited Press Release Keeping horse’s hooves in optimal condition is a hot topic among horse owners and enthusiasts. Theories and misinformation abound and are regular complications when contemplating hoof care. Vettec understands the need to provide better education on this...
What do you do when your horse comes in from the pasture with a loose shoe? You might be tempted to leave it alone and hope that it stays put until your farrier can make a trip out to...

Thrush

Thrush What it is: A disease of the hoof’s frog, with an accompanying secondary bacterial infection. In extreme cases it can destroy the frog, to the point of causing damage to deeper structures. Symptoms: Foul-smelling, gooey black discharge in the frog,...
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