I keep every horse that I can barefoot in front until the horse’s hooves or the ground conditions necessitate a change.

A Foundation for Success

A horse’s soundness and ability to perform depend on his feet.

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Improve you eye for lameness

Identifying the source of gait abnormalities can be tricky. Here’s how you can build your lameness-locating skills.


Why hoof bruises happen

Trauma to the underside of the hoof is a common cause of lameness. Here’s how you can help your horse stay sound.

Regular turnout and exercise can help manage swelling associated with edema.

Stocking Up

It may look worrisome, but in most cases swelling in a horse’s lower legs can be managed with a few simple steps.

As more and better hoof-boot designs begin to hit the market, horse owners will find it easier to explore the no-shoes option. Boots aid in the transition from shoes to barefoot, plus provide ongoing protection when horses are ridden over the roughest ground.

Strategies for 'Going Bare'

Making the transition from shod to barefoot is about to get easier, especially for the toughest cases.

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Gallop Poll: Dealt With Chronic Lameness?

Participate in our monthly Gallop Poll, and see how many riders have had a similar experience.

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The Equine Lameness Exam

If your trail horse pulls up lame, call your veterinarian immediately, and ask for a lameness exam. Here, I?ll go through each step of the lameness exam. Plus, I?ll give you the lameness scoring system from the American Association of Equine Practitioners. The more you know, the better you can fully participate in your horse?s recovery.

Video: Understanding Laminitis

The non-profit Animal Health Foundation and Dr. Donald Walsh offer the latest practical and scientific information to help you and your horse avoid or overcome laminitis in its many forms.

Learning more about the ingredients in joint supplements is a important step in choosing the one most suitable for your horse.

Joint Supplement Ingredients Explained

Choosing a joint supplement for your horse? Start by checking out the label and learning more about the ingredients the supplement contains.

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Subtle signs of lameness in horses

Sometimes lameness in horses isn't easy to see. Here are a few of the less-obvious indications of unsoundness.

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Photo Gallery: Horse Ultrasound on Horse Tendons

A horse ultrasound is performed on horse tendons. The horse ultrasound photos document the procedure on the horse tendons.

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Foot Infections And Abscesses In Horses

Pro rodeo vet Frank Santos explains what abscesses are an how to prevent them.

This is an overreach mark in the healing stages.This horse was sore for a week or so after over-reaching, but with a little time and soaking his foot in Epsom salts, he's now functionally fine.


An Occupational Hazard For Roping Horses

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Team Roping Success: Increase Your Horse's Performance

Getting along with your horse is the key to improving your team roping performance, whether heading or heeling.

Labored breathing can be a sign of recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), or heaves. Know what to look for, as early treatment is the key to managing this chronic lung condition.

Horse Heaves: Symptoms and Treatment

This condition, commonly known as heaves, is the most prevalent lung disease seen in horses. Horse heaves is chronic and can threaten your horse's long-term health and performance. Although your horse's heaves can't be cured, and severe cases are difficul

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Coping with Arthritis in Horses

With modern medical treatments and management options, your arthritic horse can remain active longer and enjoy a better quality of life. By Joanne Meszoly for EQUUS magazine.

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EquiSearch's Ask the Vet: Diagnosing Lameness

In this Ask the Vet, Dr. Joyce Harman outlines the diagnostic steps to follow if your horse has a mysterious lameness.

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Become a Lameness Detective for Your Horse

The clues are often subtle, but the sooner you can identify a potential lameness problem in your horse, the sooner you'll get him back on track.

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Young Horse, Sore Hocks

Learn about two bone development defects that can affect the hock joints of young horses.

EquiSearch's Ask the Vet: Insulin Resistance

A 12-year-old gelding often comes up lame and hasn't shed his winter coat properly. He may be insulin resistant. Dr. Joyce Harman offers ways to deal with his feet and diet.

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How to Wrap a Bowed Tendon

Your horse has a bowed tendon in his foreleg. Here's a wrap to help arrest the swelling and protect the tendon while you wait for the vet.

EquiSearch's Ask the Vet: Pony Founder

If your pony has foundered in the past, should you limit his pasture access? Dr. Joyce Harman answers in EquiSearch's Ask the Vet feature.