Horse Health: Founder, Laminitis

Founder is a term frequently used to describe systemic laminitis. Laminitis usually follows some food-related metabolic disturbance within the horse and results in the partial dysfunction within the hoof. The coffin bone is pulled away from the hoof wall, causing severe pain and lameness. The laminate (tendons) are responsible for flexing and suspension of the… Read More Horse Health: Founder, Laminitis

Horse Basics: Picking up the feet

Picking up your horse’s feet can present a challenge, but it is necessary. Some horses refuse to lift the foot. Some grab it from you and stamp it to the ground. Some put all of their weight on it when you are holding it. Some kick when you try to get close. Some kick out… Read More Horse Basics: Picking up the feet

Horse Anatomy & Health: the Barefoot Horse

A “barefoot” horse is a horse that has no shoes nailed to the bottom of its hoof. There is considerable merit being given to the theory that horses should not wear shoes. Given that the frog is meant to act as a shock absorber and the necessity for the hoof itself to expand and contract… Read More Horse Anatomy & Health: the Barefoot Horse