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Guidelines for Effectively Dealing with Hoof Distortions & Lameness

  The information contained within these notes will help simplify many issues that pertained to lateral/medial hoof balance, dorsal/palmar hoof balance, as well as establishing a reliable formula for detecting and treating hoof deformities an...

Management & Treatment Options for Pigeon-Toed Horses

  Introduction Horses that are pigeon-toed and/or base narrow are frequently seen to have lameness and gait fault issues.  Ring bone, coffin joint disease, and collateral ligament lesions, as well as tripping and stumbling are common wit...

Basic Principles of Natural Balance

The skills and understanding that are required for the overall practice of hoof care in horses covers a broad spectrum.  From blacksmithing and metal work, to horse handling and customer care, a farrier’s job is multifaceted.  With that in mind, t...

Recognizing, Evaluating & Understanding Hoof Distortion and How it Relates to Lameness

There are many common factors connected with lower limb lameness (LLL).  Horses that are driven or ridden in a straight line are less affected by lower limb lameness than those horses who are asked to continually and repeatedly turn circles and ma...

NB Hoof Care Corner - Information Tutorial

Welcome to the Natural Balance Hoof Care Corner.  This segment of the website is a series of short articles we have put together on the topic of hoof care, both from a lameness prevention and lameness treatment view point.  To give you a little ba...

Optimizing Laminitis Treatment by Understanding the Morphology of the Disease

     Hoof distortion can be the part of hoof management that is misleading to many farriers and hoof care practitioners.  It can keep them from clearly seeing what needs to be done with the foot to properly prepare it for normal shoes, as well as ...

How Hoof Form Relates to Hoof Function

     I think most hoof care practitioners would agree that preventing lameness is much easier than treating lameness.  Hoof distortion is shown to be one of the main causes of lower limb lameness.  In light of that, with proper information and gui...

Life Cycle of Laminitis

     The laminitis disease is termed serious, complicated, and often times life threatening.  Treatment procedures vary from medical assistance to mechanical treatments, or combinations of both.  Opinions of the urgency in which to apply mechanica...

Hoof Development in Foals

     The existence of the equine species is dependent on the ability to flee danger from the moment of birth.  This applies to both the new born foal as well as the dam, whom may be limited in her ability to move quickly during the post-partum per...
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