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August 29, 2018

Arthritis, we hear that term many times a day around the stables.  But what does it really mean? There are many types of arthritis that occur in animals and people.  In horses arthritis is most often the result of trauma to the skeletal structure, most often to the lower front legs and feet.

When we look at the horse’s legs and feet we tend to see petite limbs holding up massive animals. The fact is though that the legs of horses are extremely strong if allowed to develop normally and the feet are really much bigger than they appear.  H...

December 20, 2017

Question to Auz:

“My horse is out in the pasture year round, but he has a run-in for shelter. When I picked his feet today, his frog was soft and the part towards the heel was white. How do I treat this and how can I keep his feet dry? ” –  A. Palmer from Kentucky 

Dear A. Palmer,

Thank you for the inquiry regarding your horses’ wet feet. Moisture on the surface of the hoof is not so harmful as long as the foot has a chance to dry during the day. For instance, a rainy day or a night with heavy dew can actually help a horses’ hoo...

November 18, 2017

We have discussed the structure of the hoof but we need to talk a bit about what can infect the hoof or foot and ask what can we do about it.

Some of the most common infections of the hoof are what veterinarians call iatrogenic problems. What does that mean?          

Iatrogenic in simple terms means we did it ourselves.

Some things that are commonly iatrogenic are infections or abscesses from nails placed too deep by the farrier. Although this does not happen often, probably once per thousand nails, it...

August 24, 2017

Question to Auz:

“My 20 yr old appaloosa is getting a little bit stiff and he certainly seems to be a bit more stiff in the heat. What do you recommend?” – Too Hot to Trot

Dear Too Hot to Trot,

There are a number of things to consider in a 20 year old horse with stiffness.

My first suggestion is to ask your AAEP accredited equine veterinarian to do a complete physical examination.  Here’s why.

One of my neighbors is a 20 year old mare who has long term arthritis in her forefeet.  Interestingly, she is more lame when the weather is warm than when...

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