Tag Archives: Hoof

Feet in the Heat

Throughout history, horses have been able to perform and thrive in very hot, even desert, environments. Breeds such as the Arabian, Akhal-Teke and predecessors like Turkoman and Byerly Turk are among the many desert adapted breeds. Healthy hooves withstand dry, … Continue reading

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Nitric Oxide Isn’t Laughing Gas

Laughing gas is nitrous oxide, N2O. Nitric oxide is a very simple gas with just one nitrogen and one oxygen molecule, NO, and is a free radical with a half-life in the body of only seconds. This unassuming little compound … Continue reading

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Diet or Trim – What’s More Important for Hoof Health?

If you ask me which is more difficult for an owner to get right, I’d say the trim. If you ask a talented hoof professional, they would usually say diet. It’s actually a trick question.  Both are critical and one … Continue reading

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Mid Winter Check List

With all the chores to do, you probably spend as much time at the barn in winter as during warmer weather but you probably don’t interact with your horse in the same way. This can result in some things creeping … Continue reading

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Hoof Health Fix in the Off Season

It’s tempting to let hoof care slide a bit when you’re not working your horse but if you do you will be missing a perfect opportunity to improve hoof health. The back of a healthy hoof cushions the internal structures … Continue reading

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Feeding for Healthy Weatherproof Hooves

There is a reason hoof supplements have a sizeable market.  There is also a reason they tend to have the same ingredients.         There is often a strong nutritional component to poor hoof quality The quality and integrity of the … Continue reading

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L-Methionine – A Vital Amino Acid

Considering all the important tasks L-methionine performs it’s perplexing you don’t hear or read more about it. L-methionine is one of the essential amino acids, meaning the horse must get his supply from the diet because the body cannot manufacture … Continue reading

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No Hoof, No Horse

The equine foot is a miracle of engineering and a design that is unique in the animal kingdom. Why the equine foot evolved the way it did is a bit of a mystery, but one clear thing is that the form … Continue reading

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